The Three-Body Problem - Cixin Liu & Ken Liu

The Three-Body Problem

By Cixin Liu & Ken Liu

  • Release Date: 2014-11-11
  • Genre: Science Fiction
4.5 Score: 4.5 (From 810 Ratings)


"Wildly imaginative, really interesting." —President Barack Obama on The Three-Body Problem trilogy

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 Remembrance of Earth's Past Trilogy
The Three-Body Problem
The Dark Forest
Death's End

Other Books
Ball Lightning (forthcoming)

At the Publisher's request, this title is being sold without Digital Rights Management Software (DRM) applied.


  • Anti-science gobbledygook!

    By ganbustein
    If you like science, don’t waste your time on this meaningless tirade against it.
  • The Three Body Problem

    By Ken Follet
    This brilliant sci-fi work from China has been translated into English. The Chinese author Cixin Liu has created an epic that includes the cultural revolution, plenty of cool physics, an amazing computer game, nanotechnology, first contact and the threat of alien invasion. It will become a classic of the genre in the west as it is already in the east. Look forward to the rest of the trilogy.
  • Literary science fiction with an emphasis on science

    By royar
    I have read a few of the translator's pieces and liked them as have my students. So I was eager to read this book. It is excellent. I was both instructed and delighted by the story and the language.
  • It's not over

    By Shuai_Yuhao
    Trust me guys,the rest of three body problem would be more and more incredible than every book you had ever seen.
  • Not very good

    By Drewbag4
    Slow, with a million plot holes and a borderline deus ex machina at the end.
  • 支持大刘

    By 撸丝儿科林
  • Best Sci-Fi novel from China.

    By CobyH
    I have had the privilege to read the original Chinese version. This is the first book of a 3 book series. The start is a bit slow but gradually it leads to the climax and opening of book 2. The imagination of Liu is far-fetched. The scientific theory and storytelling skill are solid. I don't know about the English translation but when I read the original 3 book series, I was deeply engaged. I hope they did a good job translating it and bring it to the global audience. Looking forward!
  • Best Chinese Sci-Fi in years

    By 翘翘错薪Olivia
    Huge amount of information and imagination packed into one story. Beside the wonderful sci-fi elements, the book portrays vividly the unique cultural and social status of a special period of China. From my point of view, the concept of "by each crime and every kindness, we birth our future" from Cloud Atlas is explained here ever better. If you want to read one book and get to know Chinese science fiction, this is the one to read.
  • It's a great start

    By Moycatus
    I'm Chinese and I've read all three novels of this series in Chinese. In my opinion the second novel is the most wonderful one. I hope all of them can be translated well and published soon.
  • Highly recommended

    By Jiehuang259
    my favorite sci-fi novel