The Three-Body Problem (Three Body #1) by Liu Cixin, Ken Liu (Translation)

December 2, 2015
The Three-Body Problem, Three Body #1, Liu Cixin, Kin Liu, InToriLex, Book Review
The Three-Body Problem (Three-Body, #1)


With the scope of Dune and the commercial action of Independence Day, 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.


Science Gif, InToriLex, Book Review
I really enjoyed the way this book made me think and address some of  my ignorance regarding China's Cultural Revolution. Although I don't really know much history, I'm grateful when a book teaches me some. There was violence, sadness, suspense, and aliens, mixed in with enough lightheartedness to make it all work.  Reading unique takes on how we will make contact with alien's and what will happen next was how I fell in love with science fiction. This story showed how intricately science and our humanity are intertwined. There were passages  that made me reflect on my relationships with others and how I understand existence. There were also passages that me laugh and frustrated which was just as important.
"It was impossible to expect a moral awakening from humankind itself, just like it was impossible to expect humans to lift off the earth by pulling on their own hair. To achieve moral awakening required a force outside the human race."
This is hard science fiction, so the author  described physics, astronomy, radio transmission, and subatomic particles in understandable but technical terms. I can see how the science described could be a turn off for readers, but I thought that was a integral part of understanding the aliens and the cost of civilization advancement. However I also found my eyes glazing over, and my brain desperately wanting to skip some parts. The rest of the story and the plot more then makes up for it and I would recommend this book to any science fiction fan. I will  continue the series and look forward to discovering what happens next. 

I like most readers usually skip acknowledgements and thanks, but the authors notes for readers of the American edition provided some great insight on what he wants readers to take from this book, and his love of science. In his own words:
"The stories of science are far more magnificent, grand, involved, profound, thrilling, strange, terrifying, mysterious, and even emotional, compared to the stories told by literature."


Kindlemom said...

I struggle with this genre but it does sound super interesting! Glad you liked it.

InToriLex said...

Thanks for commenting, yeah it's definitely written with a specific audience in mind

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