The Three-Body Problem
by Cixin Liu
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The Three-Body Problem is the first chance for English-speaking readers to experience the Hugo 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.
Excellent hard sci fi with a cultural bend
I thoroughly enjoyed The Three-Body Problem. It’s probably one of my favorite hard sci fi books in a long time. The only book that I’ve enjoyed more in recent memory would be The Martian. The thing that really caught me with The Three-Body Problem besides the scientific and philosophical elements, was the prospective being from a Chinese historical context. The only book that comes close for me in creating a non-western setting is When Gravity Fails, and that’s much more of a cyberpunk vibe than a hard sci fi.
Classical First Contact Theme in Chinese Way
A blend of hard sci fi and social sci fi, and in a Chinese perspective. Very different.
Refreshing hard sf with an interesting story and perspective.