17-year-old student publishes a sci-fi novel

The book contains 280,000 words and has former premiers' writing in the foreword

Chiang Tsung-fan at his book launch event (Source: CNA)

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — A 17-year-old student Chiang Tsung-fan (江宗凡) from Hualien High School launch his first science fiction novel, "Apocalypse" (天啟Ⅰ:末世訊號), June 17, with a former premier invited to give a speech at the book launch event, reports said.

It had taken him one year to finish the 280,000-word science fiction since beginning his work on it as a tenth grader in high school. After completing the book, he submitted the script to several publishers. Eventually Cite E-Printing Co., Ltd. (城邦印書館), a subsidiary of Cite Publishing Ltd. (城邦文化) where writers pay to have their books published, agreed to publish his book.

Having started writing stories when he was at junior high school, Chiang said that he was just passionate about writing and did not worry about sales. 

Former Premier Chang San-cheng (張善政) and Liu Chao-shiuan (劉兆玄) wrote forewords for the book. Chang said at the book launch event that he had met Chiang on Facebook. When he was asked to write a foreword, he turned to Liu for help. Liu, an educator and author of several martial arts novels, instantly agreed. In the end, they both wrote a foreword for Chiang's book. 

Inspired by Jin Yong’s (金庸) martial arts novels and J. R. R. Tolkien’s "Lords of the Rings", Chiang said he plans to write two sequels to "Apocalypse."

"Apocalypse" is a book about an English student who travels to China in 2020 in order to study the history of the Qin Dynasty. The story spans from ancient China to modern society, and is associated with politics, military, and technology.