This is book number 1 in the The Three-Body Problem Series series.
After reading Liu Cixin's masterful Remembrance of Earth's Past trilogy (beginning with The Three-Body Problem), the series became my go-to recommendation to nearly anyone looking for expansive, mostly hard science fiction. The writing style is quite slow, but reading the translator's notes is highly recommended to shed light on why certain style choices were made. The story is deceptively simple: this is the beginning of humanity's contact with aliens, told with heavy thematic linkage to its backdrop of Chinese communist revolution. If you are itching for one of the most realistic and expansive new science fiction universes to lose yourself in, you have definitely found it. It's got a slow start, but this series is brilliant.— From Gabriel
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“War of the Worlds for the 21st century.” – Wall Street Journal
The Three-Body Problem is the first chance for English-speaking readers to experience the Hugo 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.
The Three-Body Problem Series
The Three-Body Problem
The Dark Forest
To Hold Up the Sky
“A breakthrough book . . . a unique blend of scientific and philosophical speculation.” —George R. R. Martin, on The Three Body Problem
“Extraordinary.” —The New Yorker, on The Three Body Problem
“Remarkable, revelatory and not to be missed.” —Kirkus Reviews, starred review, on The Three Body Problem
"A must-read in any language.” —Booklist, on The Three Body Problem
"A meditation on technology, progress, morality, extinction, and knowledge that doubles as a cosmos-in-the-balance thriller.... a testament to just how far [Liu's] own towering imagination has taken him... forever into the canon of science fiction. - NPR, on Death's End
"The best kind of science fiction, familiar but strange all at the same time." -- Kim Stanley Robinson, on The Three Body Problem