Ball Lightning

Published Aug. 14, 2018 by Tor Books.

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4 stars (5 reviews)

A new standalone military SF adventure from the bestselling and award-winning author of The Three-Body Problem.

When Chen’s parents are incinerated before his eyes by a blast of ball lightning, he devotes his life to cracking the secret of mysterious natural phenomena. His search takes him to stormy mountaintops, an experimental military weapons lab, and an old Soviet science station. The more he learns, the more he comes to realize that ball lightning is just the tip of an entirely new frontier in particle physics. Although Chen’s quest provides a purpose for his lonely life, his reasons for chasing his elusive quarry come into conflict with soldiers and scientists who have motives of their own: a beautiful army major with an obsession with dangerous weaponry, and a physicist who has no place for ethical considerations in his single-minded pursuit of knowledge.

Ball Lightning, by award-winning Chinese science fiction author Cixin …

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A fun read but perhaps a little too unbelievable

3 stars

Although this is a prequel to "The Three-Body Problem" trilogy it is written in a different style - putting it more in a traditional Chinese military sci-fi genre. I enjoyed the story but military sci-fi is not really my taste, and I found my suspension of disbelief breaking down on some of the quantum aspects of the plot... but given real quantum effects are hard to believe anyway perhaps that shouldn't be a criticism.

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