3 Body Problem

The Three-Body Problem
(Remembrance of Earth’s Past #1)
by Liu Cixin (2014)

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.

An English translation by Ken Liu was published by Tor Books. It won the 2015 Hugo Award for Best Novel and was nominated for the 2014 Nebula Award for Best Novel.


I’m not sure what all the fuss is about. The translation is well done, Liu’s prose has a nice flow and is easy to real. The first problem is that it’s just too slowly paced. ThingsĀ  take too long to get going. The second problem it the rather tough beginning for the main character. The third problem is … where is the science fiction. Is this a book about just about oppression ?

In the end I stopped reading after getting a quarter of the way through.