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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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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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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.
Tao Zero. Difference is, Tao Zero was 1/10 of the size of this trilogy. Spoiler Alert - so we are all moving towards a second big bang, what's the point of this drawn out story? Writer wanted someone witness the end?
I thoroughly enjoyed the first two books in this trilogy and especially liked the unique flavor of the stories. I revel in big ideas and deep time and love narratives that dip into them. I was incredibly let down by this last installment though.
I wish I could eloquently say what I disliked and exact reasons why, but I'll just describe how I felt. I spent most of the time feeling annoyed and wishing one of the main characters Cheng Xin would just do everybody a favor and kill herself. I know next to nothing about Chinese culture and their generalizations and general themes from a social and economic perspective but I hope this last book is not typical of Chinese fiction. Sometimes I can handle unlikely plots and one dimensional and simplistic characters if the hard sf idea is interesting enough, not this time. If you like disjointed, rambling stories and a weak, silently suffering, fatalistic, unlearning heroine.. then this book is for you.
On the flip side, this book made me so angry about my lost time and also from an ambiguous and unfulfilling ending that I had to write a review! (My second I think) I also was compelled to read other reviews and DID thoroughly enjoy all the arguments about Chinese culture, sexism, foreign sf, and acceptance or non acceptance of a novel and newcomer author in the world of sf.
Another great delivery by P.J. Ochlan. Cixin Liu has created another great work of science fiction that was beautifully translated by Ken Liu.
Those familiar with the sequel will enjoy Death's End and the author's visualization of complex abstract physics theories. I only give the story a 4 out of 5 as I felt the author started to overuse Deus ex machina to speed up the story so as to avoid a fourth novel (which I would have preferred).
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