The Three-Body Problem (novel)
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. The English translation by Ken Liu was published by Tor Books in 2014. A Chinese film adaptation of the same name was in production by 2015, but halted soon after.
About The Three-Body Problem (novel) in brief
The Three-Body Problem is a science fiction novel by the Chinese writer Liu Cixin. The title refers to the three-body problem in orbital mechanics. It is the first novel of the Remembrance of Earth’s Past trilogy. The second and third novels in the trilogy are The Dark Forest and Death’s End. A Chinese film adaptation of the same name was in production by 2015, but halted soon after. The English translation by Ken Liu was published by Tor Books in 2014. It became the first Asian novel ever to win a Hugo Award for Best Novel, and was nominated for the Nebula Award for best novel. The series portrays a future where, in the first book, the Earth is awaiting an invasion from the closest star system, which in this universe consists of three solar-type stars orbiting each other. The story takes place in flash-forwards, flashbacks, and the present time. It was originally intended as the opening, but moved due to concerns from his publisher over its sensitivity under Chinese censorship policies. It received the Chinese Science Fiction Yinhe Award in 2006, and is one of the most popular science fiction novels in China. A notable change to the translation was that chapters taking place during the Cultural Revolution were moved to the beginning, to serve as an introduction.
The book is about an astrophysics graduate from Tsinghua University, Ye Wenjie, who witnesses her father beaten to death during a struggle session by Red Guards. Ye discovers the possibility of amplifying outgoing radio waves by using micro-wave cavities within the sun and sends an interstellar message. Eight years later, by now in a loveless marriage with Yang, Ye receives a message from a concerned alien pacifist from the planet Trisolaris, warning her not to respond. Ye responds anyway, inviting them to come to Earth to settle its problems. Some time later, with the closing of time, Ye murders her husband, along with the son of the CEO of the world’s largest oil company, Mike Evans, who is also a radical environmentalist and anti-pecpecist. Upon receiving Ye’s story, Evans announces the creation of the semi-secret Organization for the Fifth Column, which converts Ye into a mobile post for listening and listening to post-apocalyptic messages. Ye murders Mike Evans and goes on to become a professor, thereby validating his story, thereby proving the existence of the fifth column.