The Three-Body Problem


The Three-Body Problem


"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."
"Cixin Liu is the most prolific and popular science fiction writer in the People's Republic of China. Liu is an eight-time winner of the Galaxy Award (the Chinese Hugo) and a winner of the Nebula Award. The Three Body Problem is China's most popular science fiction novel. More than 400,000 copies of the trilogy have been sold in China and it is considered an epic masterpiece in the history of Chinese SF. This ground-breaking publication is the first major Chinese SF novel to be translated into English." "A science fiction novel set against the background of the Chinese Cultural Revolution. From its narratives, you can feel its power, the agony of that time period, and the struggles of the human heart. Our hero witnesses the torture that killed her father and then only finds disappointment in the life she is living; she is rescued to become an Astrophysicist working on a secret military project. She sends and responds to signals from another world which brings the impending invasion of the 'Trisolarans', and the danger of the destruction of earth's civilizations. Sides are drawn to either welcome the aliens or fight them. In the end, the group led by Ye fails and their base ship is destroyed, the invasion of the Trisolarans is still on…"
"Cixin Liu uses the 'three-body problem' of classical mechanics to ask some terrifying questions about human nature and what lies at the core of civilization."
"This is the first Chinese science fiction translated into English. The book explores the world of the Trisolarans, a race that is forced to adapt to life in a triple star system, on a planet whose gravity, heat, and orbit are in constant flux. Facing utter extinction, the Trisolarans plan to evacuate and conquer the nearest habitable planet, and finally intercept a message—from Earth. I feel the writing is bold, imaginative and exciting. I really enjoy reading it. Meanwhile the story linked China past and future. Beautiful translation!" This book has won the 2014 CALA Best Book Award (Categroy: Fiction).


Liu, Cixin


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Liu, Cixin, “The Three-Body Problem,” CALASYS - CALA Academic Resources & Repository System, accessed July 17, 2024,