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The Three-Body Problem
by Cixin Liu
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PublisherTor Books
Release Date2016-01-12 (added to CC 9 Mar 2016)
Amazon Sales Rank1,665

The Three-Body Problem is the first chance for English-speaking readers to experience this multiple 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.


Member Reviews
(29 Nov 2017)
Some interesting topics, and fascinating to see the Chinese perspective on sci-fi, but this book is a structural mess. The plot wanders aimlessly, the POV is omniscient and jumps wildly and when it finally gets to a "climax", the author has to spend 10 pages of hand-waving to make sense of it all. How did this book get to be popular? No idea.
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