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The Three-Body Problem

Cixin Liu

Experience an award-winning Chinese science fiction masterpiece from the beloved author, Cixin Liu, in English for the first time. Against the backdrop of China's Cultural Revolution, a secret military project sends signals into space to establish contact with aliens. When an alien civilization on the brink of destruction captures the signal and plans to invade Earth, different camps form on Earth, leading to a battle against corruption or a welcome for superior beings. Delve into this epic story of invasion, alliances, and survival.
Publish Date
first published in 2006
Goodreads Rating
I felt like I was getting a Chinese version of Chinese culture. And that frame felt unique.      source
Great series.      source
@waitbutwhy I forgot about that book. I think I’ll go read it again. So good.      source
Cixin Liu’s The Three-Body Problem starts with China’s Cultural Revolution and the Sino-American arms race, but quickly leaves such mundane affairs behind to explore what happens to the universe when you weaponize the laws of physics. If you think atom bombs are scary, wait till you read what a two-dimensional bomb does to our solar system.      source
Books that fit that description are a little less rare. The Three Body Problem trilogy rocked my existence for a few months last year. One-dimensional characters and fairly bland writing—but the plot is so mind-bending that the flaws are irrelevant.      source
Also The Summer Book, a NYRB reissue by Tove Jansson, Say Nothing by Patrick Keefe, Lie With Me by Phillipe Besson (w Molly Ringwald translating!), also I've lately been getting drunk and telling all my friends to read the Three Body trilogy      source
Favourite reads of 2018: Fiction: Three Body Problem (trilogy) Non Fiction: The Big Picture Blog Post:      source
Just finished reading this incredible trilogy. I feel like it's the apex of science fiction. Mind blowing.      source
@monsika @tobyordoxford Yea wonderful books. You end up learning a lot about Chinese civic consciousness      source
@yrechtman sci fi is the only genre some essentials: dan simmons - Hyperion @GreatDismal Neuromancer, second book is my favorite The Quantum Thief / Le Flambeur trilogy - the whole trilogy is delightful and obvi three body problem is epic full list:      source
@TuckerMax @ATabarrok We were literally inspired to write this paper by that book.      source
I just finished reading The Three Body Problem by @liu_cixin over the weekend. Wonderfully original science fiction. Physics + politics + philosophy + space. Loved it. Score: 9/10 🙌      source
This quote from the Three Body Problem series is haunting me. "If I destroy you, what business is it of yours?" Read these books.      source
I started The Three-Body Problem on Sunday and just finished. Haven’t tore through a novel like that in quite a while. I couldn’t put it down. Highly recommended if you like sci-fi      source
The Three-Body Problem might be the best scifi book I've read all year. Physics, scientists, China, history, gaming and mythology. 🌕🌕🌕      source