Soon to be a Netflix Original Series!
An NPR Best Book of the Decade
Winner of the Hugo Award for Best Novel
“War of the Worlds for the 21st century.” – Wall Street Journal
The Three-Body Problem is the first chance for English-speaking readers to experience the Hugo Award-winning phenomenon from China's most beloved science fiction author, Liu Cixin.
Set against the backdrop of China's Cultural Revolution, a secret military project sends signals into space to establish contact with aliens. An alien civilization on the brink of destruction captures the signal and plans to invade Earth. Meanwhile, on Earth, different camps start forming, planning to either welcome the superior beings and help them take over a world seen as corrupt, or to fight against the invasion. The result is a science fiction masterpiece of enormous scope and vision.
The Three-Body Problem Series
The Three-Body Problem
The Dark Forest
To Hold Up The Sky (forthcoming)
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APPLE BOOKS REVIEW
A phenomenon in China since its 2008 publication, the first part of Liu Cixin’s sci-fi trilogy loses nothing of the original’s wild ambition in translation. Set against the Cultural Revolution of the ‘60s and ‘70s, The Three-Body Problem introduces us to a struggling alien race—the Trisolarans—who are getting ready to invade Earth after intercepting signals transmitted by Chinese scientists. With its powerful apocalyptic tension and extraordinarily confident writing, Liu’s sci-fi tale provides fascinating and rare insight into Chinese culture.
Fans of hard SF will revel in this intricate and imaginative novel by one of China's most celebrated genre writers. In 1967, physics professor Ye Zhetai is killed after he refuses to denounce the theory of relativity. His daughter, Ye Wenjie, witnesses his gruesome death. Shortly after, she's falsely charged with sedition for promoting the works of environmentalist Rachel Carson, and told she can avoid punishment by working at a defense research facility involved with the search for extraterrestrial intelligence. More than 40 years later, Ye's work becomes linked to a string of physicist suicides and a complex role-playing game involving the classic physics problem of the title. Liu impressively succeeds in integrating complex topics such as the field of frontier science, which attempts to define the limits of science's ability to know nature without slowing down the action or sacrificing characterization. His smooth handling of the disparate plot elements cleverly sets up the second volume of the trilogy.
After reading the book and comments
This book was in no way intended to appease the small minded. The idea of science fiction is to explore the “what if” not the “it is” and expound upon what may be possible in that realm. As mentioned in the author’s note, we are all cuffed to reality and the laws that govern our existence whether it be political, religious, or physical laws of the universe, but that does not mean that we cannot be free to dance in our chains.
Secondly, this story was not meant to challenge only one issue of philosophy, ideology, scientific limitation, or thought, but rather an entire plethora of thought provoking concepts and perspectives can be captured from page to page. If you are looking for a single straight line narrative, it is not found here. Several complex narratives of love, science, science fiction, history, politics, morality, and human philosophy combine together to create a story that otherwise would not stand. I only give it four stars, as times it was a little rough to follow and a little dry, but with a little work, it came to be a very satisfying story.
One of the best
I have been reading Sci Fi for over 50 years. The rise of Science fantasy had almost made me give up the genre. This book, and hopefully it's sequel, is a new start for real science Sci Fi. On its on it is one of the best I have read. To the author- Thank you.
What the heck?
I can’t help but think these reviews are fake. I’m a casual sci-fi reader and after 100 pages of no plot, no character depth, and a whole lot of switching around between undeveloped characters and disconnected montages, I give up. It’s torture. Maybe something is lost in translation but it’s like the positive reviewers and negative ones are reading two completely different books.