The Three-Body Problem

(Three-Body Trilogy #1)

Hardcover, 400 pages

English language

Published Sept. 12, 2014 by Tor Books.

ISBN:
9780765377067
OCLC Number:
868276526

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4 stars (172 reviews)

Within the context of the Chinese Cultural Revolution, a military project sends messages to alien worlds. A nearby alien society receives these messages and makes plans to invade Earth.

16 editions

Not just bizarrely nihilistic and cynical, but also pro-authoritarian propaganda

1 star

Content warning This book is intensely political.

Science Fiction

5 stars

Spannend aufgebaut mit verschiedenen Handlungssträngen, die sich irgendwann zusammenfügen. Technische / physikalische Grundprinzipien auch für mich als Laien verständlich dargestellt. Und die Frage nach dem "First Contact" mit all ihren Implikationen wurde toll beackert. Zusätzlich erfährt von noch etwas über die jüngere chinesische Geschichte.

Adictivo

5 stars

Una pasada de libro. No soy lector habitual de ciencia ficción, pero este me enganchó. Me tuve que leer la segunda mitad del libro en dos días porque el misterio me atrapaba.

La tensión evoluciona siempre hacia arriba y es un no parar. No sé si hay que tener conocimientos básicos de ciencia para entenderlo o seguirlo, yo lo pude disfrutar, como ingeniero. Además, hace que reflexiones y te cuestiones sobre el acelerado progreso tecnológico.

Good, but watch out - sets up trilogy

5 stars

The first few chapters had me darting to and from Wikipedia to help add some context to a story that is deeply set in the Chinese Cultural Revolution. It',s a triviality to call the story complex, a mystery than unfolds through the book. Be warned this is the first in a trilogy and a very much sets itself up this way, which was a little frustrating in the last few chapters.

Review of 'The Three-Body Problem' on 'Goodreads'

3 stars

I can't say this book wasn't well written, but at the same time the writing sometimes felt awkward. Pretty imaginative, large scope, and refreshingly plausible treatment of science. All in all enjoyable, but I'm not sure I'll read the next ones in the series.

professional play

3 stars

Much of the novel assumes a tone of gossamer fantasy, still with the heft of a folktale. Think of fabric draping a central space into being, over a solid floor.

There is video gaming (along with rally and militarism) as theatre, perhaps most overtly, but the whole story is almost palpably sited within in staging containers — which mostly stretch or are transcended rather gently, in contrast to the claustrophobic violence possessing and constricting the gap in the crowd, the logged woods, the cramped room, the retina, the battered biosphere, the rigid formation, the traumatic shared memory, the laden canal, the proton.

For its themes, The Three-Body Problem is a very comfortable read. The “hard sci‐fi” elements are good fun, silly (or playful and open) without committing to ridiculous abandon. Although, on occasion, explanatory dialogue felt condescendingly conspicuous, on the whole, Liu’s devices moved smoothly enough. There are some beautiful …

The Three Body Problem by Cixin Liu

5 stars

This was an excellent book. I can count it among the masterpieces of modern science fiction. The story has elements similar to that of other science fiction stories, such as Nightfall and Other Stories by Isaac Asimov, Childhood's End and Rendezvous with Rama by Arthur C. Clarke, and Anathem by Neal Stephenson. It is important to stress that this is a hard science fiction novel. Generally, hard sci-fi stories focus strongly on the premise of the story (the idea) rather than characters or plot, so approach the story with that in mind. While it is technically part of a trilogy, the story stands extremely well on it's own. Of course, I'll be paying attention for more translated works of Liu Cixin.

For my full review, see my blog at strakul.blogspot.com/2015/07/book-review-three-body-problem-by-liu.html

Aunque la idea está muy vista el planteamiento es muy interesante

5 stars

Lo que más me ha gustado del libro es que aunque simple hace un buen repaso del camino que ha llevado la ciencia a través de las eras de la humanidad y la importancia que tiene ésta en nuestro desarrollo y posible solución a la inminente extinción que nos espera. Además, el hecho de ser un autor chino hace que plantee las cosas de una forma algo distinta que los típicos clichés occidentales y además me ha permitido saber más cosas de la historia de China tal como fue el impacto y recuperación de la Revolución Cultural.

Sci-Fi from a different persepective

4 stars

I was surprised to read a Chinese sci-fi novel, but it's an interesting perspective on it. At first I thought this is going to be all about China, being for or against the CCP regime and a bit of sci-fi sprinkled on it, but it was the opposite!

The parts that were leaning on it being in China were great, it's a different view on how to write sci-fi, which is usually VERY centered on the US. I hope for more non-US authors in the sci-fi world, there's a lot to explore here.

The ending surprised me, because I read through it much faster than I thought. This should be a good thing, but I only noticed how far in I was, because I couldn't believe that this is how it's gonna end. It was a bit disappointing, but it's a trilogy, so and it felt very much written in …

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