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The Three-Body Problem

By Cixin Liu

book iconBloomsbury Publishing


Read the award-winning, critically acclaimed, multi-million-copy-selling science-fiction phenomenon – now a major Netflix Original Series from the creators of Game of Thrones.

1967: Ye Wenjie witnesses Red Guards beat her father to death during China's Cultural Revolution. This singular event will shape not only the rest of her life but also the future of mankind.

Four decades later, Beijing police ask nanotech engineer Wang Miao to infiltrate a secretive cabal of scientists after a spate of inexplicable suicides. Wang's investigation will lead him to a mysterious online game and immerse him in a virtual world ruled by the intractable and unpredictable interaction of its three suns.

This is the Three-Body Problem and it is the key to everything: the key to the scientists' deaths, the key to a conspiracy that spans light-years and the key to the extinction-level threat humanity now faces.

Praise for The Three-Body Problem:
'Your next favourite sci-fi novel' Wired
'Immense' Barack Obama
'Unique' George R.R. Martin
'SF in the grand style' Guardian
'Mind-altering and immersive' Daily Mail

Winner of the Hugo and Galaxy Awards for Best Novel

Summary by AI

The Three-Body Problem by Cixin Liu

Authors' Background:

  • Cixin Liu is a Chinese science fiction writer known for his "Three-Body" trilogy.

Main Theme:

  • The consequences of humanity's first contact with an alien civilization.

Key Points:

  • Trisolaris: An alien civilization from a three-sun system facing an impending environmental crisis.
  • Cultural Revolution: The book explores the impact of China's Cultural Revolution on scientific progress.
  • Fermi Paradox: The book addresses the question of why humanity has not yet encountered extraterrestrial life.
  • Technological Singularity: The potential for artificial intelligence to surpass human intelligence.
  • Dark Forest Theory: The idea that alien civilizations are likely to be hostile and secretive due to the scarcity of resources in the universe.


  • Good:
    • Acclaimed for its scientific rigor, imaginative storytelling, and philosophical depth.
    • Won the Hugo Award for Best Novel in 2015.
  • Bad:
    • Some critics find the pacing slow and the characters underdeveloped.
    • The book's portrayal of China's Cultural Revolution has been criticized for being overly simplistic.

Who Should Read It:

  • Fans of hard science fiction
  • Readers interested in the Fermi Paradox and the potential consequences of extraterrestrial contact
  • Those seeking a thought-provoking and intellectually stimulating read




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