Book cover - The Three-Body Problem - Author Cixin Liu & Ken Liu

The Three-Body Problem

Author Cixin Liu & Ken Liu

  • Release Date: 2014-11-11
  • Genre: Sci-Fi & Fantasy
Score: 4.5
From 599 Ratings

The Three-Body Problem Summary

The Three-Body Problem - The 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.

The Three-Body Problem Review

  • Literary science fiction with an emphasis on science

    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

    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

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

    By 撸丝儿科林
  • Best Sci-Fi novel from China.

    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!
  • Best Chinese Sci-Fi in years

    By 翘翘错薪Olivia
    Huge amount of information and imagination packed into one story. Beside the wonderful sci-fi elements, the book portrays vividly the unique cultural and social status of a special period of China. From my point of view, the concept of "by each crime and every kindness, we birth our future" from Cloud Atlas is explained here ever better. If you want to read one book and get to know Chinese science fiction, this is the one to read.
  • It's a great start

    By Moycatus
    I'm Chinese and I've read all three novels of this series in Chinese. In my opinion the second novel is the most wonderful one. I hope all of them can be translated well and published soon.
  • Highly recommended

    By Jiehuang259
    my favorite sci-fi novel
  • One of the best

    By Robert Shomer, Ph.D.
    I have been reading Sci Fi for over 50 years. The rise of Science fantasy had almost made me give up the genre. This book, and hopefully it's sequel, is a new start for real science Sci Fi. On its on it is one of the best I have read. To the author- Thank you.
  • Not that great

    By VictorySailor
    It's an interesting read but only from the perspective of learning about the Chinese culture. The story itself is slow and not especially imaginative.