The Three-Body Problem Hardcover – Nov 11 2014
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“Remarkable, revelatory and not to be missed.” ―Kirkus Reviews, starred review
About the Author
CIXIN LIU is the most prolific and popular science fiction writer in the People's Republic of China. Liu is an eight-time winner of the Galaxy Award (the Chinese Hugo) and a winner of the Nebula Award. Prior to becoming a writer, he worked as an engineer in a power plant in Yangquan, Shanxi.
KEN LIU (translator) is a writer, lawyer, and computer programmer. His short story "The Paper Menagerie" was the first work of fiction ever to sweep the Nebula, Hugo, and World Fantasy Awards.
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The story starts in the past, with China in turmoil as society shifts and old ways are discarded in favour of revolution. Ye Wenjie has lost so much: her family, her home, and eventually, her freedom. But the circumstances that follow these losses, combined with her intelligence and education, place her in a prime position to influence the future of humanity, as well as become privy to secrets from far beyond the reaches of our world. Decades later, Wang Miao stumbles across bits and pieces of a scientific conspiracy that leads him slowly down the same road, and to a video game known as Three-Body, ostensibly set in a fantasy world with real-world historical elements thrown in for flavour, in which time runs in unpredictable Chaotic Periods and Stable Periods and discovering the secret behind them is the key to the survival of an entire civilization.
There’s so much to this novel that you very quickly realise that it’s not just going to be a quick read. It deserves taking time on, and it brings up plenty of thought-provoking concepts in science and philosophy that are explained in ways that don’t require years of field training to understand.Read more ›
In the book, this mystery is translated into an online virtual reality game called Three-Body: the player is sent on a planet with the most extreme and fastest climate change, compromising the survival of its inhabitants. Fortunately, life has adapted to those recurring disasters and, given time, always blooms again. The goal of the game is to find a pattern in the climate changes and offer a reliable way to predict them. Of course, it has something to do with the three-body problem. I really loved how the book turned into a scientific investigation... and had me search Wikipedia to broaden my (meagre) knowledge of physics.
But The Three-Body Problem is not a dry speculation about physics: it's also a reflection about the consequence of China's cultural revolution (the cultural revolution is, in a nutshell, the violent repression and social purge that followed the establishment of the first communist government in China). We meet Ye Wenjie, a university student and daughter of a teacher who was accused of being a reactionary, on the account that he was teaching Western science.Read more ›
Cixin Lui is a master of Hard Science Fiction. "The Three-Body Problem" is an imaginative quest for universal truths. His characters are vivid and memorable. His stage is galactic in scope. I don't believe the phenomenon of computation has ever been described so well and so easily accessible for non-scientists. But computers occupy a minor part of the narrative. Humans play the lead role as they quest for truth and survival. Should humans yield to alien race with advanced technologies? Can humans save themselves and their planet from utter destruction? Read on... You won't regret it.
This story pushes both your intellect and your conscience. As an environmentally conscious person I too have wondered if the planet wouldn't be better off without us humans. Read this and wonder again.
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I've long suspected that governments carry out secret projects. In this novel, author Cixin Liu imagines the Chinese have sent their own alternate message out into space and they... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Heather Pearson
What a fantastic book, I have the second portion of the trilogy on order, for when it gets released, and I imagine I'll be on board for the last book too.Published 2 months ago by mholyome
At times the limited use of contractions & other linguistic quirks may remind you that the book has been translated but it's such a good read that I didn't find it to be a serious... Read morePublished 4 months ago by Scott
I was not sure at first about this book, but it came highly recommended so I figured it should be worth a read. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Robert
Strange, complex tale that is sometimes difficult to follow but well worth the effort. This is the first sci-fi novel I've read by a Chinese author and is brutally honest about... Read morePublished 5 months ago by Macca001
Quite deserving of its Hugo Award, Cixin Liu's "The Three-Body Problem" ranks favorably with those from the likes of Gregory Benford and Arthur C. Read morePublished 6 months ago by John Kwok