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The Three-Body Problem – Book by Cixin Liu

Almost through the book, I would like to recommend it to our readers. It is a very captivating and vivid work of science fiction and managed to draw me into the carefully built-up world immediately and completely.

“The Three-Body Problem” is the first novel of a series of three and was published as a book in 2008 in China and in its English translation in 2014. Cixin Liu is the People’s Republic of China’s leading science fiction writer.

The book flap reads as follows:

In 1967 university student Ye Wenjie witnesses Red Guards beat her father to death during China’s Cultural Revolution. His crime? Failure to recant his belief in science. This singular event will shape not only the rest of her life but also the future of mankind.

Four decades later, after a spate of apparent suicides among elite scientists, Beijing police ask nanotech engineer Wang Miao to infiltrate a secretive cabal of international scientists. During the course of his investigation, Wang is inducted into a mysterious online game that immerses him in a virtual world ruled by the intractable and unpredictable interaction of its three suns.

This is the Three-Body Problem and it is the key to everything. The key to the scientists’ deaths, the key to humanity’s place in the cosmos and the key to the extinction-level threat it now faces.The book is available in its Chinese and English versions at the Zentralbibliothek or in the Chinese library of the University of Zurich. It can, of course, also be found in bookstores like the Orell Füssli or ordered online.