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The three-body problem
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Ye Wenjie (Female), Astrophysicist, Chinese, Witnessed her physicist father being killed by a group of out of control young students; worked in a forest for awhile sawing down old drying trees; believes humanity is not redeemable; sent to a remote station to serve as a technician
Wang Maio (Male), Physicist, Working on nanomaterial; drawn into an investigation of why so many scientists are committing suicide
Science fiction
Chinese culture
Cultural Revolution
Military experiments
Alien contact
Alien cultures
Alien invasion
China - Asia
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  Library Journal Review

During China's cultural revolution of the 1960s, a woman who is a political undesirable finds purpose at a secret military base that is sending signals into space to communicate with an alien culture. Years later, a video game called Three Body may hold the key to what those aliens want from Earth, and a physicist gets pulled into a worldwide effort to prepare for their arrival. VERDICT This 2006 Chinese best seller finally gets an English translation from Nebula and Hugo Award winner and author Ken Liu. Along with the unusual setting, the novel includes a lot of discussions of high-level physics (sometimes helpfully couched within the video game), as the aliens come from a world with three suns and the unpredictable motions of the trisolaran system threaten their continued existence. It's not an easy sell to Western readers, but the translator provides helpful footnotes explaining the unfamiliar historical and cultural references. Fans of hard sf likened to the work of Arthur C. Clarke will look forward to the rest of the series. [See Eric Norton's sf/fantasy feature, "A Multiplicity of Realms," LJ 8/14.] (c) Copyright 2014. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

  Publishers Weekly Review

Fans of hard SF will revel in this intricate and imaginative novel by one of China's most celebrated genre writers. In 1967, physics professor Ye Zhetai is killed after he refuses to denounce the theory of relativity. His daughter, Ye Wenjie, witnesses his gruesome death. Shortly after, she's falsely charged with sedition for promoting the works of environmentalist Rachel Carson, and told she can avoid punishment by working at a defense research facility involved with the search for extraterrestrial intelligence. More than 40 years later, Ye's work becomes linked to a string of physicist suicides and a complex role-playing game involving the classic physics problem of the title. Liu impressively succeeds in integrating complex topics-such as the field of frontier science, which attempts to define the limits of science's ability to know nature-without slowing down the action or sacrificing characterization. His smooth handling of the disparate plot elements cleverly sets up the second volume of the trilogy. (Nov.) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
<p> Experience Cixin Liu's award-winning and bestselling masterpiece, The Three Body Problem. </p> <p>A secret military group sends signals into space in hopes of establishing contact with aliens--and succeeds.</p> <p>Picking up their signal is an alien civilization on the brink of destruction who now readies to invade Earth.</p> <p>News of the coming invasion divides humanity like never before. Some want to help the superior beings take over a world they see as corrupt. Others prepare to fight the invasion at all cost.</p> <p> The Three Body Problem begins a ground-breaking saga of enormous scope and vision.</p> <p>" The War of the Worlds for the twenty-first century . . . Packed with a sense of wonder."<br> --The Wall Street Journal </p> <br> <br> <br> <p> The Remembrance of Earth's Past Trilogy <br> The Three-Body Problem <br> The Dark Forest <br> Death's End </p> <p> Other Books <br> Ball Lightning (forthcoming)</p>
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