With The Three-Body Problem, English-speaking listeners got their first chance to experience the multiple-award-winning and best-selling Three-Body Trilogy by China's most beloved science fiction author, Cixin Liu.
Three-Body was released to great acclaim, including coverage in The New York Times and The Wall Street Journal. It was also named a finalist for the Nebula Award, making it the first translated novel to be nominated for a major SF award since Italo Calvino's Invisible Cities in 1976. Now this epic trilogy concludes with Death's End.
Half a century after the Doomsday Battle, the uneasy balance of Dark Forest Deterrence keeps the Trisolaran invaders at bay. Earth enjoys unprecedented prosperity due to the infusion of Trisolaran knowledge. With human science advancing daily and the Trisolarans adopting Earth culture, it seems that the two civilizations will soon be able to coexist peacefully as equals, without the terrible threat of mutually assured annihilation. But the peace has also made humanity complacent.
Cheng Xin, an aerospace engineer from the early 21st century, awakens from hibernation in this new age. She brings with her knowledge of a long-forgotten program dating from the beginning of the Trisolar Crisis, and her very presence may upset the delicate balance between two worlds. Will humanity reach for the stars or die in its cradle?
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What a truly epic sci-fi saga. If you haven't read the 3-body trilogy, you're missing out. The scale is hard to grasp, let alone explain. So I won't even try. You may find yourself thinking the science is a little dense, but it's worth getting through. Because once you comprehend it you realize how poetic the universe is, when seen though Cixin Lui's dark lense. All I can say is just read it. You'll be glad you did.
this series had me complete riveted. I found myself staying in the car until a chapter ended and I actually looked forward to my commute so I could learn what would happen next. the characters names get a little confusing but once you get by that it is truly an amazing story
The series is one of the most original and engrossing sci-fi series I've ever read. The level of education and understanding was not padded down at all. It was refreshing.
This last book in the series takes it up several notches. That's all I'll say. Brilliantly composed story.
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Just when I finally get my head wrapped around some huge grand mind blowing premise in this book Cixin Liu unfolds another one, over and over again. Brilliant.
Required reading for diplomats and anthrpologists. It unfortunately may explain more than the Fermi paradox. The book is a rare book of hard scifi that extends its remit to the social sciences with a genius akin to Asimov's Foundation Trilogy. Mr. Liu goes one better than Asimov in that he clearly specifies his axiom base and ruthlessly follows the implications.
Some, to say all will enjoy this series of books is not accurate. One needs a decent understanding of physics and science to fully appreciate the full depth of the novel.
Overall this series puts all three books at the top if not the top of my favorite books of all time. The number of times I mentally muttered, "holy shit..." is innumerable. It's hard for me to place words to my feelings behind these books but just take it from me and others that this series is well worth your time and money ten fold.
First, it's worth mentioning that I don't often rate books or review them. Not that I'm that hard to please I just don't think my writing properly reflects my thoughts toward a book. So this is a special case. I love long books and even more, long books apart of a series. The only problem some longer (15+hrs) novels have is the extra details provided gets tedious. These novels never made me feel anything but totally and completely immersed in the universe portrayed. The overall performance to me only has an analogue to literally falling in love with your perfect match. My mind was that invested in the story. The fact that tiny hands was just elected, makes the reality of climbing the scientific "staircase" portrayed in the book that much more frustrating. I, like many, crave like nothing else to better understand the universe around us and this book gives a glimpse into a very realistic evolution of science.
Overall, if you appreciate and have a decent understanding of physics then the ideas and concepts in this book will leave you drooling due to CPU overload. I'm honestly still recovering after finishing the last novel and greatly anticipate starting at the beginning again in 6months or so.
P. J. Ochlan's performance was flawless, nothing more to say here.
The story is a vast, vast journey. Many SciFi authors stumble to keep their universe constraints and science consistent in a single book. Cixin Liu does so across three distinct tellings, while simultaneously staying within the boundaries of physical plausibility.
So much so, I almost hoped for him to bend the rules just a bit, to take pity on his creation. But he did not.
I believe that the sign of a great writer is the lack of the sacred, and that is what I felt here. Up until the end, the reader is mercilessly immersed in the cold, harsh reality he has so beautifully created.
The perfect end.
Seveneves in the scope of it.
He bridges the gap between the Chinese source material and the English translation, and does female voices and characters seamlessly.
Liu (with spendid translation services from K Liu) has produced a new masterwork of science fiction in the Three Body Trilogy. Genuinely thought provoking and epic in scope without falling for tiresome space opera tropes. A rare find.
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