The Three-Body Problem is a science fiction novel by the Chinese writer Liu Cixin. It is the first novel of the Remembrance of Earth’s Past trilogy, but Chinese readers generally refer to the whole series by the title of this first novel. The title itself refers to the three-body problem in orbital mechanics.
The work was serialized in Science Fiction World in 2006, published as a book in 2008 and became one of the most popular science fiction novels in China. It received the Chinese Science Fiction Yinhe Award (“Galaxy Award”) in 2006. A film adaptation of the same name is in production.
The books involve a decades-long plot.
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
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