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Cixin Liu

Author of The Three-Body Problem

97+ Works 18,584 Members 738 Reviews 13 Favorited

About the Author

Cixin Liu is the author of The Three Body Problem, which won Best Novel at the Hugo Awards 2015. (Bowker Author Biography)

Series

Works by Cixin Liu

The Three-Body Problem (2008) 9,066 copies, 410 reviews
The Dark Forest (2015) 3,677 copies, 130 reviews
Death's End (2010) 3,009 copies, 102 reviews
Ball Lightning (2018) 690 copies, 27 reviews
The Wandering Earth: Classic Science Fiction Collection (2013) — Author — 482 copies, 11 reviews
Supernova Era (2019) — Author — 424 copies, 18 reviews
To Hold Up the Sky (2020) — Author — 273 copies, 6 reviews
The Wandering Earth {story} (2013) — Author — 226 copies, 7 reviews
Remembrance of Earth's Past: The Three-Body Trilogy (2017) — Author — 200 copies, 5 reviews
Of Ants and Dinosaurs {story} (2012) — Author — 100 copies, 4 reviews
The Weight of Memories (2016) — Author — 44 copies, 6 reviews
Devourer {story} (2012) 37 copies, 1 review
The Cretaceous Past (2021) 36 copies, 3 reviews
Cixin Liu's Sea of Dreams: A Graphic Novel (2021) — Author — 28 copies
Mirror {short story} (2004) — Author — 24 copies, 1 review
Mountain {story} (2012) — Author — 16 copies, 1 review
The Micro-Age {story} (2012) — Author — 14 copies
A View from the Stars (2024) 13 copies
Sun of China {story} — Author — 11 copies
The Longest Fall {story} (2012) — Author — 8 copies
Taking Care of Gods {story} (2012) — Author — 7 copies
Three-Body Problem Four-Book Set (2018) — Contributor — 6 copies
Fulmine globulare (2022) 5 copies, 1 review
L'ère de la supernova (2024) 5 copies
The Wandering Earth, Part 1 of 2 (2013) — Author — 5 copies
Curse 5.0 {story} (2013) — Author — 5 copies, 1 review
With Her Eyes {story} (2012) — Author — 5 copies
The Wages of Humanity {story} — Author — 4 copies
The Wandering Earth, Part 2 of 2 — Author — 4 copies
Cannonball 2 copies
THREE-BODY PROBLEM (2024) 2 copies
Cloud of Poems {short story} — Author — 2 copies
The Thinker {short story} (2002) 2 copies
Kraj smrti (2021) 2 copies
Trelegemeproblemet (2019) 2 copies
O problema dos três corpos 1 copy, 1 review
Moonlight 1 copy
三体 1 copy
Jing zi = Mirror (2015) 1 copy
The Circle {short story} — Author — 1 copy
Surm on igavene (2022) 1 copy
Ball Lightning Sneak Peek (2018) — Author — 1 copy
2016 1 copy

Associated Works

Invisible Planets: Contemporary Chinese Science Fiction in Translation (2016) — Contributor — 564 copies, 22 reviews
The Big Book of Science Fiction (2016) — Contributor — 421 copies, 6 reviews
Broken Stars: Contemporary Chinese Science Fiction in Translation (2019) — Contributor — 368 copies, 12 reviews
Some of the Best from Tor.com: 2016 Edition (2017) — Contributor — 138 copies, 5 reviews
Carbide Tipped Pens: Seventeen Tales of Hard Science Fiction (2016) — Contributor — 95 copies, 6 reviews
Not One of Us: Stories of Aliens on Earth (2018) — Contributor — 60 copies, 2 reviews
The Best Science Fiction of the Year: Volume 5 (2020) — Contributor — 55 copies, 2 reviews
Twelve Tomorrows (2018) — Contributor — 49 copies
Clarkesworld: Issue 111 (December 2015) (2015) — Author, some editions — 14 copies
Lightspeed Magazine, Issue 113 • October 2019 (2019) — Contributor, some editions — 7 copies, 1 review
Terra Nova vol. 3: Antología de ciencia ficción contemporánea (2014) — Contributor — 6 copies, 1 review
Bifrost n°87 - Special Jean Ray (2017) — Contributor — 5 copies
Apex Magazine 76 (September 2015) (2015) — Author — 3 copies
SFが読みたい! 2020年版 — Contributor — 1 copy

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Common Knowledge

Canonical name
Cixin Liu
Legal name
劉慈欣
Other names
刘慈欣
Birthdate
1963-06-23
Gender
male
Nationality
China
Country (for map)
China
Birthplace
Henan, China
Places of residence
Beijing, China
Shanxi, China
Luoshan County, Henan Province, China
Education
North China University of Water Conservancy and Electric Power
Occupations
science fiction writer
power plant computer engineer
Organizations
Beijing Guomi Digital Technology
Short biography
Liu Cixin, born in June 1963, is a representative of the new generation of Chinese science fiction authors and recognized as a leading voice in Chinese science fiction. He was awarded the China Galaxy Science Fiction Award for eight consecutive years, from 1999 to 2006 and again in 2010. His representative work The Three-body Problem is the BEST STORY of 2015 Hugo Awards, the 3rd of 2015 Campbell Award finalists, and nominee of 2015 Nebulas Award.

His works have received wide acclaim on account of their powerful atmosphere and brilliant imagination. Liu Cixin's stories successfully combine the exceedingly ephemeral with hard reality, all the while focussing on revealing the essence and aesthetics of science. He has endeavoured to create a distinctly Chinese style of science fiction. Liu Cixin is a member of the China Writers' Association and the Shanxi Writers' Association.

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Reviews

In total this trilogy blew my mind - it was fantastic - so many ideas to think about.
It has its faults - the characterisation was never its strong point. But the ideas, the scope, the twists and turns - I loved it. I got a little bit fed up towards the end - it had started to outstay its welcome and I was a bit, can we conclude already? So I've taken half a star because of that but if you like sci-fi at all, you should try this series - The Dark Forest in particular deserves its 5 stars.
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infjsarah | 101 other reviews | Jul 6, 2024 |
The story overall was very interesting. However, the parts where Chinese political scenarios are explained (Revolutionist, Adventists, etc), that part gets very difficult to understand for non-chinese readers and is very boring.
The end also feels very sudden and leaves you wanting for more. The story is definetly unfinished in one novel. This book can not be considered as a complete novel.
Apart from these shortcomings, I really enjoyed the plot with all its twists and turns.
 
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ktn_vrce | 409 other reviews | Jul 5, 2024 |
The best SF book I have read in recent years. Original plot filled with original ideas. Two chapters into the book and I felt like eating a box of chocolates, excited and curious about what the next layer was going to offer.
It left me biting my nails waiting for the rest of the story. I have the second book but I will wait for the third to be published and then read them all without stop.
 
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cdagulleiro | 409 other reviews | Jul 3, 2024 |
Do you know that childhood feeling, when you have watched an amazing movie and you cannot stop yourself from standing and clapping? When you are an adult you stop doing it because you realize the artists are not in the cinema, so it is really stupid. Well, it does not matter. I stood and clapped when I finished this book.

I have no words. When I reviewed [b:The Three-Body Problem|20518872|The Three-Body Problem|Liu Cixin|https://d.gr-assets.com/books/1415428227s/20518872.jpg|25696480] I suggested that it could be the best Sci-Fi book I had ever read. The story was so full of twists and every turn was so original that I was stuck to the pages like a nail to a magnet.
I liked it so much that I decided not to read this one, [b:The Dark Forest|23168817|The Dark Forest|Liu Cixin|https://d.gr-assets.com/books/1412064931s/23168817.jpg|42713958] because I would hate to wait for the publication of the third installment of the trilogy. But I could not wait any more. And it is so good that I have found myself calling myself sick, to stay at home and finish it. It is that good. I was afraid that the change of translator would let it down. It did not happen.
I was afraid that it would just loop around the great ideas of the first one. No it doesn't. It just goes on, with new original developments. The story evolves, and evolves beyond anything I would have imagined.
The "Wallfacer" idea and plot, is great. How it threads in and out the story is perfect.
The definition of what is The Dark Forest, hidden to the reader until the end, is a work of genious.

And as I thought, now I will have to endure waiting for 4 months to get my hands to the 3rd book. Maybe I will read again the first two.
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cdagulleiro | 129 other reviews | Jul 3, 2024 |

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Works
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Rating
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ISBNs
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