The Three-body Problem

The Three-body Problem

Book - 2014 | First U. S. edition.
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"With the scope of Dune and the commercial 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. 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"-- Provided by publisher.
Publisher: New York : Tor, [2014]
Edition: First U. S. edition.
Copyright Date: ©2014
ISBN: 9780765377067
Branch Call Number: FIC LIU
Characteristics: 399 pages ; 24 cm
Additional Contributors: Liu, Ken 1976-- Translator
Alternative Title: 3-body problem


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Provocative science fiction straight from China, Liu's novel pairs the Cultural Revolution with astrophysics and a doomed alien civilization eager to make Earth their new home. This hard science fiction tale is intricate, imaginative and intense.

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Mar 11, 2018

You do need a little bit of high school physics (or being kind of physics fan) to read, but that is all the hurdle there is.

First and second installments are mostly about plots, stories. Amazing setup, unprecedented imagination, deep logic and mind blowing twist.
Third installment, OMG .... the unexpected, unique and keen observation on humanity, politics and

For many days I cannot stop thinking about the characters and their quotes.

Someone should really really really make movies from it.

Feb 25, 2018

The first part of this hard science fiction novel reads a bit like a Dan Brown novel, well, if Dan Brown was obsessed with astrophysics instead of symbolism. And then in the second part of the book, things get really strange. But it's these unique ideas and fresh perspectives that make this imaginative book so interesting. This is a hard science fiction novel, so don't expect a huge focus on the characters. The writing is awkward at times, perhaps stemming from the translation from the original Chinese text. My favourite part of the book was the historical depiction of the 1960-era Chinese Cultural Revolution.

Feb 05, 2018

Perhaps a physics course never taken would have eased reading this. Incomprehensible.

Jan 26, 2018

This book is fantastic, and is one the most clever pieces of science fiction i had read.

But beware, because Ciu Lixin tends to be a bit dense when explaining the "science" part and he tends to drags a little in the fiction department. This is not soft science fiction and he doesn't use science to fill plot holes. The whole plot is driven by scientifical discoveries and the consequences of them.

Jan 02, 2018

Great book. Looking forward to checking out the rest of the series.

Dec 14, 2017

Lots of science in this Chinese sci-fi novel, the first in a trilogy by China's most popular sci-fi writer. I will say it is possibly the best Chinese sci-fi novel I've read.

Nov 02, 2017

You will read a lot of reviews that will encourage you to keep going, even if it's tough, until you reach the end. I was about to give up on this book a little more than half way into it but read reviews and kept going. Was the ending worth it? No. Would I read the rest of the series? No. The only good that came out of this was that it helped me fall asleep each night.

Oct 25, 2017

This book was very heavy on the science and physics. This made parts of the book challenging for me to read since I am not a "physics" minded person. Still very fascinating. The concepts of the alien planet and the game played on Earth was very unique. I read this book for my 10 to Try reading challenge for the STEM book. It certainly fit this category and stretched the breadth of the types of books I read. I will most likely read the other two books in this trilogy by Liu Cixin.

Aug 19, 2017

I found this book really interesting, and it contained many ideas that I hadn't previously seen in fiction. The game was an original device, and I appreciated the "aha!" moment it gave me.

The opening chapters about the Chinese Revolution were easily the most compelling. They were certainly necessary to explain why anyone would give up on the human race to the degree that some of the characters do. They got me to "buy in" to the book and its world.

The science fiction part was well done. Creative and interesting. As a physical scientist, I tend to be a bit picky about the science part of my science fiction. With only one or two minor "oh, really?" moments, the science seemed generally sound to me.

This is definitely a book focused on setting and plot (rather than character), but I found the characters' motivations to be generally plausible, and I enjoyed reading it. I look forward to the rest of the trilogy.

Aug 15, 2017


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AL_KATYA Oct 17, 2016

A contemplation on the first contact with extraterrestrials. Very imaginative and almost cinematographic. The setting in China of the Cultural Revolution and contemporary China is fresh and exciting. The action unfolds quickly, the characters are interesting . Hard SciFi.


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