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The Three-Body Problem by [Liu, Cixin]
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THE HUGO AWARD WINNER.

1967: Ye Wenjie witnesses Red Guards beat her father to death during China's Cultural Revolution. This singular event will shape not only the rest of her life but also the future of mankind.

Four decades later, Beijing police ask nanotech engineer Wang Miao to infiltrate a secretive cabal of scientists after a spate of inexplicable suicides. Wang's investigation will lead him to a mysterious online game and immerse him in a virtual world ruled by the intractable and unpredicatable interaction of its three suns.

This is the Three-Body Problem and it is the key to everything: the key to the scientists' deaths, the key to a conspiracy that spans light-years and the key to the extinction-level threat humanity now faces.


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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1854 KB
  • Print Length: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Head of Zeus (12 March 2015)
  • Sold by: Amazon Australia Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00S8FCJCQ
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Screen Reader: Supported
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars 32 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,496 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)

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This is a really good story: a complex and intriguing plot hosting an array of interesting characters most of whom are believable though a good few of them are quite nasty. The terrible decision made by Ye Wenjie the main female character is made understandable by her experiences during Chairman Mao's Great Proletarian Cultural Revolution which is the historical period in China where the story starts. If anything the author has understated the mind-boggling nastiness and stupidity of that period; do not think he is exaggerating!

For those who like to have some real science in their science fiction, Lui gives it to us as he throws a number of really interesting ideas in from left field and the three body gravitational problem is gradually exposed as a central ultimate cause of the danger that Earth is going to face. It the aliens who are directly affected by it and they have decided to take it out on us! As many Chinese would say: Fei chang hao!
I have already pre ordered the next thrilling instalment.
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Interesting, but I agree it's difficult to read at times. The viewpoint is very unusual, starting with some nasty events during the Cultural Revolution, and the style is similarly not what you normally run across in SF: 'quiet' is the term that kept springing to my mind, for some reason. Sorry, I know that's not very descriptive. Be prepared for it to move very slowly at times, especially when it's setting out the pieces of the puzzle that's at the heart of the story. I found myself skipping sections. Still, I'm tempted to read the next book to see where the author takes the story.
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The fiction part of storyline is rather refreshing and characters memorable. The science parts at times lost me, however I was engaged enough in the book to stop, google and start again thus it has contributed hugely to my ongoing education.
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Quite deserving of its Hugo Award, Cixin Liu's "The Three-Body Problem" ranks favorably with those from the likes of Gregory Benford and Arthur C. Clarke, and yet stands on its own as a riveting exploration of Modern Chinese history, as well as near future speculative fiction. Translator - and a notable recently new talent in speculative fiction in his own right ("The Grace of Kings") - Ken Liu does a marvelous job in retaining Cixin Liu's Chinese worldview without trying to make it read as though it is the latest addition to Anglo-American speculative fiction, in a terse literary style that demonstrates why he is among the newest superb literary stylists currently writing speculative fiction. It is also clearly one of the most unique "First Contact" speculative fiction novels ever written, and one that will appeal not only to long-time fans of Benford and Clarke's work, but even those familiar with great cyberpunk and post-cyberpunk speculative fiction from the likes of William Gibson, Bruce Sterling, and Neal Stephenson, in an almost film noirish milieu recognizable to devoted fans of China Miéville and Haruki Murakami. Cixin Liu has assembled a remarkable set of characters, most notably astrophysicist Ye Wenjie - from whom we see a bird's-eye view of recent Chinese history beginning with the Cultural Revolution - and nanomaterials researcher Wang Miao - who becomes addicted to an online video game connected with the alien Trisolarans. Without question, "The Three-Body Problem" remains one of the most important recent works of hard science fiction and, with this translation, a most appealing introduction to Cixin Liu, widely regarded as China's foremost speculative fiction writer.
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Fascinating approach. Intelligent Science Fiction with big concepts. It is really interesting to get a non-Eurocentric (or non-western) approach to a story. I suspect we will be seeing more of it.....
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Original, beautifully crafted sci-fi. Imaginative, detailed science is woven through a compelling narrative that spans billions of years (full trilogy) with insightful social commentary, philosophy in a setting English speaking Westerners rarely have access to (especially in sci-fi).

Three Body Problem (along with Embassytownn by China Mieville) is some of the most incredible and realised sci-fi I've come across in years.
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A really great read. This book has a wonderful blend of science fiction, modern day technology and Chinese history rolled into a plot that kept me entertained the whole way through the book. I thoroughly enjoyed it, and can't wait to start the next book in the trilogy.
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Found this book referenced in a sculpture at the 2016 Biennale of Sydney. It's s a unique story written from a perspective that takes in recent Chinese history and transformation. Without giving too much away the story mirrors certain human traits around different bends.
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