The New York Times bestselling conclusion to a tour de force near-future adventure trilogy from China's bestselling and beloved science fiction writer.
With The Three-Body Problem, English-speaking readers got their first chance to read China's most beloved science fiction author, Cixin Liu. The Three-Body Problem was released to great acclaim including coverage in The New York Times and The Wall Street Journal and reading list picks by Barack Obama and Mark Zuckerberg. It was also won the Hugo and Nebula Awards, making it the first translated novel to win a major SF award.
Now this epic trilogy concludes with Death's End. Half a century after the Doomsday Battle, the uneasy balance of Dark Forest Deterrence keeps the Trisolaran invaders at bay. Earth enjoys unprecedented prosperity due to the infusion of Trisolaran knowledge. With human science advancing daily and the Trisolarans adopting Earth culture, it seems that the two civilizations will soon be able to co-exist peacefully as equals without the terrible threat of mutually assured annihilation. But the peace has also made humanity complacent.
Cheng Xin, an aerospace engineer from the early twenty-first century, awakens from hibernation in this new age. She brings with her knowledge of a long-forgotten program dating from the beginning of the Trisolar Crisis, and her very presence may upset the delicate balance between two worlds. Will humanity reach for the stars or die in its cradle?
The Remembrance of Earth's Past Trilogy
The Three-Body Problem
The Dark Forest
Ball Lightning (forthcoming)
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Liu's conclusion to his Three-Body trilogy (following 2015's The Dark Forest) is an ambitious millennia-spanning space opera with enough ideas for a dozen books, but those well-thought-out concepts are more memorable than his characters. Despite the complex events of the prior two books, Liu makes the gloomy framework of his imagined future, in which humans have "finally learned that the universe was a dark forest in which everyone hunted everyone else," accessible. The bulk of the plot focuses on humankind's efforts to survive after first contact with the alien TriSolarans in the 21st century. The author makes suspension of disbelief easy with his nuanced and plausible portrayals of people's reactions to apocalyptic threats, including efforts by the military-industrial complex to make the global crisis a business opportunity. The time scale is an obstacle to emotional engagement, but there are emotionally moving moments that ground the intriguing speculations about science and human nature.
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The best of the three
Entire series a must read
I thoroughly enjoyed the entire series and can comfortably recommend it as required reading for fans of high science fiction. If you have read Iain Banks then you will love this as well. Though captured in less theoretical detail, those who enjoy theorizing socio-political constructs of the future may also like this. My thanks to Cixin Liu for authoring such a great work.
Best sci-fi trilogy of all times
I read the Chinese edition of all three books when they first came out a few years ago. The first two were amazing, and as I was reading Deaths end, I was in awe the whole time. I stayed up and finished the book in one night as I couldn't stop. I saw the grandest view of the universe beyond any imagination in this book.
Now thanks to Ken Liu, the translator of the first and third books, and Joel Martinsen, the translator of the second, this trilogy has been brought to the English readers. I have the audible book of the first one, and now bought the third. I didn't read the second book in English so I cannot comment. But Mr Ken Liu did an excellent job translating the first and third books. In a sense, I liked the English version better than the Chinese version. Of course, big Liu (a fond nickname of Liu Cixin by the Chinese fans) has unparalleled imagination and extraordinary philosophical thought and this trilogy wouldn't exist if not for him, there's no doubt about it. But small Liu (a fond nickname for Ken Liu by the Chinese fans) exhibited skillful narration in translating the trilogy and I liked his style very much.
All in all, big Liu is my favorite sci-fi writer at all times together with Issac Asimov.