The Three-Body Problem - Cixin Liu & Ken Liu

The Three-Body Problem

By Cixin Liu & Ken Liu

  • Release Date: 2014-11-11
  • Genre: Science Fiction
Score: 4.5
4.5
From 1,066 Ratings

Description

Soon to be a Netflix Original Series!

War of the Worlds for the 21st century.” – Wall Street Journal

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

The Three-Body Problem Series
The Three-Body Problem
The Dark Forest
Death's End

Other Books
Ball Lightning
Supernova Era
To Hold Up The Sky
(forthcoming)

At the Publisher's request, this title is being sold without Digital Rights Management Software (DRM) applied.

Reviews

  • Pretty Good!

    3
    By Chandler Court
    I thought this was a good book, if unworthy of the adulation it has garnered. Like many translated works, I thought the prose was a little stiff. The translation is full of interesting political, historical and linguistic notes. I also found the narrative to be somewhat chaotic, with its huge scope and shifting perspectives. I thought it was ultimately depressing. I didn’t find any character to be heroic or sympathetic. It seems they, and humanity itself, were all just fodder for the more powerful malign forces present in every circumstance. It has lots of great ideas and scientific insights, but I think I will skip books two and three.
  • What the heck?

    1
    By Rich the Webwizard
    I can’t help but think these reviews are fake. I’m a casual sci-fi reader and after 100 pages of no plot, no character depth, and a whole lot of switching around between undeveloped characters and disconnected montages, I give up. It’s torture. Maybe something is lost in translation but it’s like the positive reviewers and negative ones are reading two completely different books.
  • best sci-fi ever

    5
    By Am book reader
    Read the trilogy over a span of two weeks neglecting housework and catching a few chapters at work. Amazing story. My new favorite ...along with Asimov.
  • Anti-science gobbledygook!

    1
    By ganbustein
    If you like science, don’t waste your time on this meaningless tirade against it.
  • The Three Body Problem

    5
    By Ken Follet
    This brilliant sci-fi work from China has been translated into English. The Chinese author Cixin Liu has created an epic that includes the cultural revolution, plenty of cool physics, an amazing computer game, nanotechnology, first contact and the threat of alien invasion. It will become a classic of the genre in the west as it is already in the east. Look forward to the rest of the trilogy.
  • Literary science fiction with an emphasis on science

    5
    By royar
    I have read a few of the translator's pieces and liked them as have my students. So I was eager to read this book. It is excellent. I was both instructed and delighted by the story and the language.
  • It's not over

    5
    By Shuai_Yuhao
    Trust me guys,the rest of three body problem would be more and more incredible than every book you had ever seen.
  • Not very good

    1
    By Drewbag4
    Slow, with a million plot holes and a borderline deus ex machina at the end.
  • 支持大刘

    5
    By 撸丝儿科林
    其实第一部科幻性一般,后两部会越来越精彩。虽然故事性不高,但真的是天马行空。
  • Best Sci-Fi novel from China.

    5
    By CobyH
    I have had the privilege to read the original Chinese version. This is the first book of a 3 book series. The start is a bit slow but gradually it leads to the climax and opening of book 2. The imagination of Liu is far-fetched. The scientific theory and storytelling skill are solid. I don't know about the English translation but when I read the original 3 book series, I was deeply engaged. I hope they did a good job translating it and bring it to the global audience. Looking forward!