The Three-Body Problem is the first chance for English-speaking readers to experience this multiple 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.
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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.
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Best Chinese Sci-Fi in years
Huge amount of information and imagination packed into one story. Beside the wonderful sci-fi elements, the book portrays vividly the unique cultural and social status of a special period of China.
From my point of view, the concept of "by each crime and every kindness, we birth our future" from Cloud Atlas is explained here ever better.
If you want to read one book and get to know Chinese science fiction, this is the one to read.
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.
It's a great start
I'm Chinese and I've read all three novels of this series in Chinese. In my opinion the second novel is the most wonderful one. I hope all of them can be translated well and published soon.