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Out of Taiwan Launched at NTHU
On March 18 Liu Chao-shiuan, the director of the Foundation of Chinese Culture for Sustainable Development and a former president of NTHU, held a book launch for his new novel Out of Taiwan at the Main Library’s Idea Hub. During the event Liu donated the 12 volumes of his original manuscript, totaling over 210,000 characters, to NTHU.
 
Former president Chen Lih-juann and Library director Lin Furen commented on the close connection between the molten salt reactor described in the book and similar technologies being developed at NTHU.
 
Written under the pen name Shang Guanding, in addition to energy technology, Out of Taiwan also describes the conflicts between such Middle Eastern nations as Turkey, Iraq, and Syria, as well as the struggle of the Kurds to establish their own nation. The book also describes the strategic value of the molten salt reactor, an idea related to the development of a nuclear reactor at NTHU, which makes the acquisition of the manuscript a valuable addition to the NTHU archives.
 
Liu said that the idea for the plot was inspired by his bodyguards he had while serving as the premier, who, despite their cultured appearance, were highly skilled in the use of weapons. Thus the two main characters are police officers trained as snipers, one of whom is a woman who grew up in an air force family compound in Hsinchu, a type of upbringing not very different from that of Liu himself. As indicated by the title, the story mostly takes place outside of Taiwan, hinting at Taiwan’s increasingly prominent role on the world stage.
 
The event was well attended by book fans and the NTHU community, and included a stimulating question-and-answer session. During the past three years Liu has penned three novels, each written in a different style and set in a different period—the Ming dynasty, World War Two, and the present—leading his readers to wonder if his next novel will be set in the future. Liu, however, said that he has yet to select the theme of his next work, but if it is set in the future, it won’t be your average science fiction; rather, he would prefer to write about a topic of momentous importance to the future of humanity.
 
Liu also said that he is currently working on the script for a film adaptation of Out of Taiwan, the producer of which is planning to use a montage technique to make the plot even more compelling.
 
Liu Chao-shiuan (left) presenting the original manuscript of Out of Taiwan to NTHU, represented by library director Lin Furen (right) and former NTHU president Chen Lih-juann (center)

Liu Chao-shiuan (left) presenting the original manuscript of Out of Taiwan to NTHU, represented by library director Lin Furen (right) and former NTHU president Chen Lih-juann (center).

Liu Chao-shiuan and book fans at the launch of Out of Taiwan.

Liu Chao-shiuan and book fans at the launch of Out of Taiwan.

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