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The Three-Body Problem by Cixin Liu

The Three-Body Problem (2008)

by Cixin Liu, 刘 慈欣 (Author)

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Series: Remembrance of Earth's Past (1)

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    Anathem by Neal Stephenson (storyjunkie)
    storyjunkie: There are stylistic and societal-implications similarities between the English translation of The Three-Body Problem and Anathem, despite being of very different worlds, and deep into different scientific areas.
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    Contact by Carl Sagan (CGlanovsky)
    CGlanovsky: Stories about man's search for intelligent life in the universe with elements of hard science
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    Tau Zero by Poul Anderson (br77rino)
    br77rino: I put this because both books are what I would consider hard science fiction.

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I feel like there's both a lot to like and a lot to dislike about this book, which makes choosing a numeric rating difficult; it has poignant sections and fascinating ideas and some gripping aspects to the story, and it also has lots of disappointing prose and some over-the-top plot points.
  brokensandals | Feb 7, 2019 |
Increíble historia, atrapante, la mejor lectura del año 2016 ( )
  maxtrek | Jan 30, 2019 |
This is a science fiction work by Liu Cixin, Chinese author, translated by Ken Kiu, narrated by Luke Daniels. (good job of narrating). It is the first of the Remembrance of Earth's Past series. The story begins during the cultural revolution which was a very difficult time in China. I am quite surprised by the book considering it is from China and is quite frank about problems of the cultural revolution. The story is about the a contact made with an alien race that will likely destroy the human race that is made by a human who is dismayed by humanity on earth. The three body problem is a mathematical problem of calculating the trajectory of the bodies interacting with each other. There simply is a lot of math and science and ecology as well as history in this book. It won the Hugo award. ( )
  Kristelh | Jan 13, 2019 |
This is the first non-English novel that won or was nominated for two major awards in SFF – Hugo[won] and Nebula[nominated]. Originally written in Chinese.
The story starts in the PR of China during the Cultural Revolution, and even for this alone the book is worth reading for ‘westerners’, who missed that piece of history.
The novel is classical, ‘golden age’ style of had science fiction, with both its advantages and problems, first of all – working about ideas and not people and their relations. This means that personae dramatis are quite flat, which is unusual for modern good SF. People are just pieces on a chessboard, where the author wants to show a chess puzzle – you don’t actually care about a personal history of a black knight…
The ‘science’ part is quite solid in most but not all cases.
Worth reading even if just to see what Chinese SF looks like. Solid but not brilliant.

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1 vote Oleksandr_Zholud | Jan 9, 2019 |
Man, this was a conceptually thick book. I can't vouch for most of the science as presented, but I can say that the effort expended in incorporating that much science into a story of an impending apocalypse was impressive. I didn't love it, but I enjoyed it. ( )
  Ubiquitine | Nov 24, 2018 |
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Author nameRoleType of authorWork?Status
Cixin Liuprimary authorall editionscalculated
刘 慈欣Authormain authorall editionsconfirmed
Hasse, MartinaPrefacesecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Liu, KenTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Martinière, StephanCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Roubicek, BrunoNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Tavani, BenedettaTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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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.… (more)

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