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The Three-Body Problem by [Liu, Cixin]
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4.1 out of 5 stars 185 customer reviews
Book 1 of 3 in The Three-Body Problem (3 Book Series)

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"Remarkable, revelatory and not to be missed." --"Kirkus Reviews, starred review"

Remarkable, revelatory and not to be missed. "Kirkus Reviews, starred review""

Remarkable, revelatory and not to be missed. Kirkus Reviews, starred review"

"Remarkable, revelatory and not to be missed." --Kirkus Reviews, starred review

-Remarkable, revelatory and not to be missed.- --Kirkus Reviews, starred review

About the Author

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. Prior to becoming a writer, he worked as an engineer in a power plant in Yangquan, Shanxi. KEN LIU (translator) is a writer, lawyer, and computer programmer. His short story "The Paper Menagerie" was the first work of fiction ever to sweep the Nebula, Hugo, and World Fantasy Awards.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1854 KB
  • Print Length: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Head of Zeus (12 Mar. 2015)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00S8FCJCQ
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars 185 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #3,094 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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This is the first book of the phenomenal Chinese hard science fiction trilogy that stirred up the SF community in a flurry of excitement when it was translated into English.

Set across the twentieth century to present day, a Chinese professor, Wang, who is researching nanomaterials, finds himself caught up with mysterious events that start innocently enough with an online virtual reality game, called the three-body problem. He enters a virtual world plagued with Chaotic eras where three suns are in alignment and threaten to annihilate the human civilisation, and where people are literally dehydrated and kept in storage to wait out for the next Stable era. This world becomes more and more real and he soon realises that the game hides something more sinister and at a catastrophic scale than he imagined possible.

What made this novel a riveting read was its close reference to historical events like China's Cultural Revolution, and the intermingling of real characters with fictional ones, giving the story an eerily realistic slant. And to complement that effect, the author's strong grasp of astrophysics and science shone through - while I must admit the amply explanatory portions befuddled a layman like me, they were logical enough to convince me. Ken Liu's translation is also clear and did not betray any of the awkwardness that sometimes mar works like these.

A promising start, though I would need more time to process the qualities of a proton, and how it can turn into a multi-dimensional "sophon"...
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It starts of fantastically, promised much and was hard to put down, initially; the concept, design and description of the game are fantastic. But then it degenerates into old-style 60s Sci-Fi: no characters - everyone’s the same; Basil Exposition features large; big problems overcome easily with marvellous cooperation and lighting fast engineering; all of which suddenly made it feel a bit lightweight and getting to the end was a drudge. The author clearly has imagination and can write, but it felt as though he was so keen to get everything into the book that he just ran headlong through the second half, neglecting plot, characters and dialogue to pack it with his ideas. I think this could have been split into two or more better books; I'd love to read more about the game - which reminded me of Banks in it's ideas. How it won a Hugo is beyond me.
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The Three-body problem takes place in China and alternates between two eras: the horrors of the Cultural Revolution and a more or less contemporary era.
In the past, we follow the story of Ye Wenjie, a young astrophysicist whose father has been lynched and who ends up working for a mysterious military project. In the present, we are with Wang Miao, an engineer in nanotechnology who will be dragged, despite his will, in an enquiry about the death of famous physicists. Poor Wang Miao ends up being caught in events he's unable to explain and that seem to overturn all the known laws of physics. Add to that a mysterious video game in VR where players must solve the enigma of a planet where chaotic periods follow stable periods.
Conspiracy? Aliens? The mystery is at the heart of this first volume.

It's not exactly necessary to brush up on your knowledge of the string theory and of Henri Poincaré work for this novel, but it helps! Yes, it's hard scifi and mathematics and physics are everywhere in the novel.

But where many hard scifi novels may seem a bit dry, Cixin Liu offers a story with a very intriguing mystery while some moments in the novel are completely esoteric. The characters are well rounded and are much more than only agents of a concept.
Because it's a Chinese novel taking place in China, it also adds a touch of strangeness for the readers more used european and american scifi. Some historical references, some social codes, will probably be obvious for those who know well China, but a welcome discovery for others. And Ken Liu, the translator, did a tremendous work to make this culture accessible to everyone using footnotes.

In the end, it's the nature of the novel itself that makes it so intriguing: is it a conspiracy thriller?
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Well all I can say was this was incredibly creative, from start to finish.

When I first downloaded it and read the first chapter or two, I concluded I had accidentally downloaded the wrong book, and read something else first. Then I confirmed it was the right book and came back and continued ready. What a treat!
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If you're a seasoned sci-fi reader who's looking for more than a space adventure, this book is it. In fact, this is straight up there at the Asimov-level in my opinion. The writer's intellectual depth is prevalent in all 3 books. What a fresh air of Eastern genie! The story gets better and better. I am about to finish book 3 and I already know, before reading another book, I'll immediately go back and re-read this trilogy with absolute delight. Tip: Chinese character names are a struggle initially but I soon got used to it. Made me think how one-sided my education was...
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Excellent. At loss with words. One of the most jaw-breaking SF I have read. If you love Asimov Foundation's twists, the character plot and development, you will not regret picking this one up. Thankfully, it is part of a trilogy and mind you, the next book "Dark Forrest" is so good you must read this to find out.
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