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The Dark Forest (Remembrance of Earth's…

The Dark Forest (Remembrance of Earth's Past)

by Cixin Liu

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Series: Remembrance of Earth's Past (2)

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This is the second volume of the trilogy but can be read as a stand-alone book. The author is the biggest name in Chinese SF but is largely unknown outside China.
It is hard to rate this novel: on the one hand it has a lot of great ideas and insights, on the other, I often see holes and inconsistencies that are not usually spotted in Western hard SF. Finally, the style sometimes is so bombastic and filled with pathos it is ridiculous. If not for these drawback I’d rate it 5 stars
There are two main protagonists – one of them a political commissar (of Chinese fleet) and this is a rare thing to see a positive image of a person of such a position (except for Soviet novels for YA filled with propaganda).
An example of pathos:
Together, the 5,500 crewmembers were like an infant who had been cut from its cord, then cruelly tossed into the abyss of space. Like that infant, there was nothing they could do but cry. Yet Zhang Beihai’s calm eyes were a strong force field that upheld the stability of the formation and helped them maintain their military poise. Children cast aside into the endless night needed a father most of all, and now, like Dongfang Yanxu, they found the power of that father in the person of this ancient soldier.
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  Oleksandr_Zholud | Jan 9, 2019 |
More, book two. I'm scared to read book three. What can possibly happen next?? Can't be good. ( )
  lwobbe | Aug 6, 2018 |
The splendid aspect of having a second book is that you needn't repeat (often boring or overly technical) backstory and repeating characters get flushed out. My particular favorite is Da Shi - as a security guy he has a fascinating focus and randomly honest/to the point way about him. He also helps add in the familiar trope of spy/detective genius. Perhaps not as ground-breaking or exciting as the first book, but still fun/exciting and not nearly as techinical. The character of Luo Ji carries the day and sustains interest throughout. ( )
  dbsovereign | Jul 6, 2018 |
This is the second volume of the Third Body Problem series. Although it moves slower than the first book in the series, it has a dark and disturbing ending that makes it worth reading for its version of an intergalactic prisoner's dilemma game. The series remains one of the most unusual science fiction books that I have ever read. ( )
  M_Clark | May 20, 2018 |
Wow! You know reviewers often say the second book in a trilogy isn't as good as the first. In Liu Cixin's case, The Dark Forest is just as good as his first in the trilogy.

Part of what makes this series work is the fact that it spans centuries. So, he doesn't have to re-visit the same characters in each book and can create new stories. In The Dark Forest, Liu introduces us to the Wallfacers and their efforts to save the Earth. Whereas The Three-body Problem introduces the idea of "first" contact, Dark Forest introduces what it means to be human in the face of destruction. Does hope survive? Are humans lucky or stubborn when it comes to survival. Maybe a little of each of these.

I enjoyed this second in the trilogy and look forward to the third novel and the end of the series.

On a side note, Joel Martinsen translated this novel. I thought his translation was not as poetic as Ken Liu's translation of The Three-Body Problem. I'm looking forward to reading Ken Liu's translation of Death's End. ( )
  kevl42 | Apr 11, 2018 |
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Cixin Liuprimary authorall editionscalculated
Betz, KarinTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Martiniere, StephanCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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"With the scope of Dune and the rousing action of Independence Day, this near-future trilogy is the first chance for English-speaking readers to experience this multiple-award-winning phenomenon from China's most beloved science fiction author. In Dark Forest, Earth is reeling from the revelation of a coming alien invasion--in just four centuries' time. The aliens' human collaborators may have been defeated, but the presence of the sophons, the subatomic particles that allow Trisolaris instant access to all human information, means that Earth's defense plans are totally exposed to the enemy. Only the human mind remains a secret. This is the motivation for the Wallfacer Project, a daring plan that grants four men enormous resources to design secret strategies, hidden through deceit and misdirection from Earth and Trisolaris alike. Three of the Wallfacers are influential statesmen and scientists, but the fourth is a total unknown. Luo Ji, an unambitious Chinese astronomer and sociologist, is baffled by his new status. All he knows is that he's the one Wallfacer that Trisolaris wants dead"--… (more)

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