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The Three-Body Problem - Cixin Liu & Ken Liu

The Three-Body Problem

By Cixin Liu & Ken Liu

  • Release Date: 2014-11-11
  • Genre: Science Fiction
Score: 4.5
From 1,086 Ratings


Soon to be a Netflix Original Series!

War of the Worlds for the 21st century.” – Wall Street Journal

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.

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  • After reading the book and comments

    By Kureguasu
    This book was in no way intended to appease the small minded. The idea of science fiction is to explore the “what if” not the “it is” and expound upon what may be possible in that realm. As mentioned in the author’s note, we are all cuffed to reality and the laws that govern our existence whether it be political, religious, or physical laws of the universe, but that does not mean that we cannot be free to dance in our chains. Secondly, this story was not meant to challenge only one issue of philosophy, ideology, scientific limitation, or thought, but rather an entire plethora of thought provoking concepts and perspectives can be captured from page to page. If you are looking for a single straight line narrative, it is not found here. Several complex narratives of love, science, science fiction, history, politics, morality, and human philosophy combine together to create a story that otherwise would not stand. I only give it four stars, as times it was a little rough to follow and a little dry, but with a little work, it came to be a very satisfying story.
  • Pretty Good!

    By Chandler Court
    I thought this was a good book, if unworthy of the adulation it has garnered. Like many translated works, I thought the prose was a little stiff. The translation is full of interesting political, historical and linguistic notes. I also found the narrative to be somewhat chaotic, with its huge scope and shifting perspectives. I thought it was ultimately depressing. I didn’t find any character to be heroic or sympathetic. It seems they, and humanity itself, were all just fodder for the more powerful malign forces present in every circumstance. It has lots of great ideas and scientific insights, but I think I will skip books two and three.
  • What the heck?

    By Rich the Webwizard
    I can’t help but think these reviews are fake. I’m a casual sci-fi reader and after 100 pages of no plot, no character depth, and a whole lot of switching around between undeveloped characters and disconnected montages, I give up. It’s torture. Maybe something is lost in translation but it’s like the positive reviewers and negative ones are reading two completely different books.
  • best sci-fi ever

    By Am book reader
    Read the trilogy over a span of two weeks neglecting housework and catching a few chapters at work. Amazing story. My new favorite ...along with Asimov.
  • Anti-science gobbledygook!

    By ganbustein
    If you like science, don’t waste your time on this meaningless tirade against it.
  • The Three Body Problem

    By Ken Follet
    This brilliant sci-fi work from China has been translated into English. The Chinese author Cixin Liu has created an epic that includes the cultural revolution, plenty of cool physics, an amazing computer game, nanotechnology, first contact and the threat of alien invasion. It will become a classic of the genre in the west as it is already in the east. Look forward to the rest of the trilogy.
  • Literary science fiction with an emphasis on science

    By royar
    I have read a few of the translator's pieces and liked them as have my students. So I was eager to read this book. It is excellent. I was both instructed and delighted by the story and the language.
  • It's not over

    By Shuai_Yuhao
    Trust me guys,the rest of three body problem would be more and more incredible than every book you had ever seen.
  • Not very good

    By Drewbag4
    Slow, with a million plot holes and a borderline deus ex machina at the end.
  • 支持大刘

    By 撸丝儿科林