Monday, February 6, 2017

The Three-Body Problem (Remembrance of Earth’s Past, #1)

The Three-Body Problem (Remembrance of Earth’s Past, #1)
author: Liu Cixin
name: Wayne
average rating: 3.97
book published: 2007
rating: 4
read at: 2017/02/06
date added: 2017/02/06
shelves: sword-and-laser
'The Three-Body Problem' by Liu Cixin with an English translation by Ken Liu was a Hugo winner and the January pick for my book club. Hard science fiction from another culture? I'm in.

The book begins during the Cultural Revolution, which is certainly a dark part of China's recent past. During that time, a secret group of scientists are sending signals in to space. In a more modern part of the story, a scientist finds a strange countdown is happening, first on the film from his camera, then he can visibly see it. What does it mean?

There is also an interesting walking simulator game, involving the Tri-Solarans, a race of people living in chaotic times amongst three suns. In spite of all these odd things, the story does end up making sense.

I enjoyed it a lot, and even though the writer is from China, there were familiar story elements, and I was reminded of Clarke, Reynolds and Asimov. The science is good and aligned nicely with a book I'm also reading by Neil DeGrasse Tyson.

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