Review: The Three-Body Problem by Liu Cixin

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Liu Cixin’s sci-fi masterpiece “The Three Body Problem” is available in English for the first time, in a faithful translation from the award-winning author Ken Liu.

The Three-Body Problem

Liu Cixin, translated by Ken Liu

★★★★

Tor, 2014, originally published in 2006.

One of the most buzzed-about books this year, The Three-Body Problem is the long-awaited English debut of acclaimed Chinese author Liu Cixin. Originally released in 2006, it has now hit American shores in a new translation from Chinese-American writer Ken Liu (no relation), author of the beautiful short story The Paper Menagerie, which won the triple crown of Hugo, Nebula and World Fantasy Awards in 2012.

The novel, which kicks off a trilogy, details the upcoming invasion of Earth by the Trisolarans, an alien race from Alpha Centauri. On Earth different factions struggle to adjust to the inevitable destruction of civilization – some welcoming the aliens as a cleansing Armageddon, some attempting to ingratiate themselves to the invaders, some seeking to repel the invasion.

You can read my full review of this magnificent and difficult homage to classic space operas of Arthur C. Clarke and Isaac Asimov at WSFA’s The Nameless Zine.

—Michael Senft

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About Michael Senft

I am a freelance writer and critic from Phoenix Arizona. I spent 10 years covering music, the arts and pop culture for the “Arizona Republic” before life circumstances took me away from newspaper. But I never lost my joy at writing. Or reading.
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