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The Three-Body Problem by Cixin Liu

The Three-Body Problem (original 2008; edition 2016)

by Cixin Liu (Author), Ken Liu (Translator)

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Set against the backdrop of China's Cultural Revolution, a secret military project sends signals into space to establish contact with aliens. An alien civilisation 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.… (more)
Title:The Three-Body Problem
Authors:Cixin Liu (Author)
Other authors:Ken Liu (Translator)
Info:Tor Books (2016), 416 pages
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The Three-Body Problem by Cixin Liu (2008)

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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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    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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    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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Some very interesting ideas!

I suspect strongly that this book will make the Hugo short-list this year, so I'll definitely write some thoughts up on it here:
After this work week is over. :) ( )
  CiaraCat | Jan 9, 2020 |
The Three-Body Problem is an engrossing and detailed sci-fi read. The story takes the premise of first alien contact (by radio) and twists it on its side, allowing the reader to wonder who to trust and throws out the idea that when facing an alien invasion that all humans would unite together to fight off the invaders. I enjoyed the book, though I started to dread the times that the main character would log into the “Three-Body Problem” computer simulation game. Those scenes just got too cumbersome and repetitive even though Liu Cixin does a good job of parsing out the plot through the game. Near the end, I did find the switch of POV from the main character to learning about the Trisolarans directly from them (via radio communications sent to Earth) also a bit off-putting. I think it was just the dramatic change in POV and I think Liu Cixin could have incorporated the story of the Trisolarans differently, keeping to the established characters, and still conveyed the same information. Despite this I really enjoyed the story and found the concept refreshing. ( )
  GeoffHabiger | Jan 9, 2020 |
This book is the embodiment of Fridge Horror- I'd read something, go on reading, then stop dead as the implications of the thing I read ten pages ago finally hit me. Science as horror, and a very real sense that humanity is utterly outclassed. ( )
  being_b | Jan 8, 2020 |
I had been hearing about this book for a while now so I was able to get a review copy and try it out for myself. The story is set a few years ahead of us with the VR tech but it is very much in the modern time. There are several flashbacks to the Cultural Revolution in China that sets up motivation for the person that causes first contact. We don’t see the aliens except in a VR world that was set up by followers of the aliens to recruit more people to their cause. The book is studded with footnotes to give the reader historical and social context to the story since all the action is set in China. Nothing is resolved by the end of the book since there are two more in the series but the ending is interesting enough to leave you wanting to see what comes in the next book.

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  Glennis.LeBlanc | Jan 6, 2020 |
Takes on a heart-pounding immediacy. The non-western take on hard SciFi is interesting. I particularly liked the message-passing and middleman deception that adds complexity to the typical us vs them dynamic. ( )
  albertgoldfain | Jan 3, 2020 |
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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
Sainio, RaunoTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Tavani, BenedettaTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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