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The Three-Body Problem (Remembrance of Earth's Past) (original 2008; udgave 2014)

af Cixin Liu (Forfatter), Ken Liu (Oversætter)

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Three-Body Problem is the first chance for an English-speaking audience to experience this multiple award winning phenomenon from China's most beloved science fiction author, Liu Cixin. 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. The result is a science fiction masterpiece of enormous scope and vision.… (mere)
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Titel:The Three-Body Problem (Remembrance of Earth's Past)
Forfattere:Cixin Liu (Forfatter)
Andre forfattere:Ken Liu (Oversætter)
Info:Tor Books (2014), Edition: Later Ed, 400 pages
Samlinger:Dit bibliotek
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The Three-Body Problem af Liu Cixin (2008)

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    Anathem af Neal Stephenson (storyjunkie)
    storyjunkie: There are stylistic and societal-implications similarities between the English translation of The Three-Body Problem and Anathem, despite being of very different worlds, and deep into different scientific areas.
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    Blindsight af Peter Watts (electronicmemory)
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    Tau Zero af Poul Anderson (br77rino)
    br77rino: I put this because both books are what I would consider hard science fiction.
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    CGlanovsky: Stories about man's search for intelligent life in the universe with elements of hard science
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The Three-Body Problem is the first book I’ve read by a Chinese author. It lived up to its hype… almost. It’s a wildly imaginative story backed by hard science. But it’s lacking emotional heft and lacks in-depth characterization.

Liu’s approach to aliens is vastly different. They’re technologically more advanced than us, yet they have their fair share of problems. The biggest one is the three suns in the sky that result in “Chaotic” and “Stable” eras. He places a lot of emphasis on this aspect of their civilization, only later fleshing out other characteristics.

The humans, meanwhile, are a rather curious lot. Liu backgrounds the story during the Cultural Revolution, which leaves a massive mark on Ye, one of our protagonists. You come to understand her emotions (or lack thereof) as the story progresses and we bear witness to the cruel and callous nature of human politics. The first chapter on the Revolution was the best, delivering a strong emotional blow. Sadly, that’s not really kept up later in the book.

Da Shi is another interesting personality. He has more color and flavor, especially in the nihilistic way he deals with the world. However, he remains mostly in the background, serving more as comic relief than a serious contender. The other characters come across as wooden and unsympathetic. I understand they’re academics, but they’re people first, which is to say they lack developed personalities. It often left me confused about who was who, especially since they all sound alike.

Liu focuses on social and class statuses. He also brings up religious and philosophical issues, comparing the former to science. Liu argues that humans will worship science if given the chance. Weirdly enough, science and religion are mixed together to “worship” the aliens.

This brings me to the book’s conceit: humans are the villains. I think this quote sums it up best:

“Even if God were here, it wouldn’t do any good. The entire human race has reached the point where no one is listening to their prayers.”

Some humans, disillusioned by humanity’s cruelty and indifference to the planet, believe the solution resides in the stars, in aliens. They know the aliens are coming to invade and destroy our planet. Yet, they fully support it, knowing full well the implications of what they’re doing.

A good villain establishes points that are difficult to disagree with. A good villain makes you think about your attitude. A good villain raises a good point.

Liu creates a good villain with depth and heart. It’s difficult to disagree with them, especially considering what humanity is doing now. But I found myself to not fully agree with them either. It’s an interesting paradox, one that made me think about my view on human existence.

Yes, it’s a good book that will make you think. It’s also quite well-paced, maintaining its mystery throughout. The characterization could’ve been done better, though. Overall, it’s a compelling read, especially if you’re looking for something with an unconventional message. ( )
  bdgamer | Sep 10, 2021 |
Hoooo boy, books like this are why I don't tend to read hard sci-fi anymore. This is pretty exemplary of the genre, crafted with a deep reverence for physics, math and astronomy. Unfortunately these are also subjects that I have no interest in which is maybe why this didn't grab me. I can get into hard sci-fi rooted in biology cuz that's my field, but a lot of this escaped me. Speaking of which, I took offense at the fact that the two biologist/environmentalist characters were portrayed as anti-science, delusional, and evil. The early reference to Silent Spring excited me because Rachel Carson is one of my favorite characters, but I struggle to understand how someone could think of her as a "capitalist" given her book enacted tons of regulations. Anyway, the overall tone made an attempt at being environmentalist, but in a very 1950s way (read: ECOFASCIST!) All the rambling about how humanity is doomed got really old and it's just not a point of view I align with. Aside from that there was some ideological weirdness but I'm not even gonna approach that with a ten foot pole.

I guess I'd compare this book to other Hard sci-fi like Roadside Picnic or Arthur C Clarke, but unlike those two this wasn't dense at all. The prose was a little bland but very readable, it's a very fast read. The dialogue is really unnatural, and all the characters have bland personalities (especially the women) but it's a quick read for sure. ( )
  jooniper | Sep 10, 2021 |
Kiinassa tehdään hyvää scifiä. Poljento on jonkin verran erilainen kuin länsimaisissa kirjoissa, siinähän tietty kääntäjällä on vahva rooli. Voisin kuvitella että kulttuurin erot olisivat voineet tulla vahvemmin esille jos kieli olisi ollut vielä enemmän "Suomea". Nyt jotkut asiat jäivät ihmettelyasteelle, että mikä tuossa nyt oli muka niin jännää. Mutta... ok. Tarina on mielenkiintoinen. ( )
  hirvela | Sep 7, 2021 |
I love SF that plays one’s present knowledge and then stretches it into speculation. I’d say more, but no spoilers. The writing style feels stilted, but it is a translation from Chinese into American English. Two more different languages would be hard to find. Hungarian and Swahili? It’s by no means hard to read and my suspicion that this was the translator’s intention is confirmed by a note at the end of the book. “The best translations into English do not, in fact, read as if they were originally written in English.” ( )
  PhilipJHunt | Aug 25, 2021 |
As someone who is only trying to get into sci-fi this year, I know my limitations well and I would never have picked up this critically acclaimed award winning book by my own volition. But one of my book clubs chose this as our May BOTM and I decided I should atleast give it a try. And after finishing it, I’m both blown away by it and also a bit sad, so let me try to articulate my thoughts.

It has not been easy to maintain focus for long periods of time on a book during this pandemic. Part of why I have been gravitating towards more short fiction these days, but when I committed to this book, I wanted to see it through. For someone who almost always finishes any sized book in just a few days, this one took me almost 20 days to read. While one part of the issue was the external circumstances, the other was the subject matter of the book itself. I found the idea of first contact with extra terrestrials very fascinating and there were some chapters which completely held my interest, but I couldn’t sustain that for the whole book.

The translation of this book is excellent and it never had that choppy feeling that can sometimes occur in translations. And however it might have been in the original, the book never felt difficult to read (which was how I thought it would be for me). Even the story being told in two timelines felt very easy to follow. I especially found the chapters during the Cultural revolution very fascinating, because I’m not much aware of Chinese history and it felt like a very honest look at the struggles and lives of the people of the time, on both sides of the civil war. The book is also extremely science heavy, and while I could understand what was going on in the context of the story, I could not tell you a single thing about the physics that was discussed. There were paragraphs and chapters devoted to physics discussions, most of them going over my head.

What really impressed me and what I feel is the soul of the book is the philosophical questions it asks. We have a group of humans who are fed up of humanity because we are destroying nature and environment without a care; we have another group which still cherishes humanity and wants to do anything to survive. And the author discusses both their POVs without clearly judging any of them, because they all have their valid points to make. And then there is the important question of what will happen if we do make contact with extra terrestrials - should we expect them to be a higher evolved intelligence than us and hope to learn from them?? Is it even possible to coexist with an advanced civilization? And why do we humans who can’t coexist with the people who live in other countries, who wage wars constantly and perpetuate mass killings of people, expect an outside civilization to be benevolent and grant us knowledge? These are some very interesting questions to ponder on and I know I’ll be thinking about them for a while.

I was initially intimidated when I saw the cast of characters at the beginning, but I quickly understood who were the main influencers in the story and was able to follow along. However, being used to first person POVs, this third person narrative felt very distant and I couldn’t connect to anyone. Even when I could objectively understand that something bad was gonna happen, I wasn’t emotionally attached to any of them to care enough. Also, except one main protagonist, there are hardly any female characters around which I thought was a real miss; and among the ones who were present, I felt that none of them were shown in any good light.

In the end, this is a book that definitely deserves all the prestige bestowed on it because of the concepts and philosophies it discusses, in a mostly accessible manner. It is more of an introspective book than an action packed alien invasion adventure novel, so you should keep that in mind before deciding to pick it up. If you are someone who is new to sci-fi like me, I would suggest reading more science fiction novels before venturing into this series. But if you are a science/physics nerd, then this would probably feel like home. I still haven’t decided if I want to continue with the series, but we shall see. ( )
  ksahitya1987 | Aug 20, 2021 |
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Three-Body Problem is the first chance for an English-speaking audience to experience this multiple award winning phenomenon from China's most beloved science fiction author, Liu Cixin. 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. The result is a science fiction masterpiece of enormous scope and vision.

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