WIRED Book Club: It’s Time for the Hugo-Winning Hard Sci-Fi of Three-Body Problem


If youre a sci-fi reader living in China, youve long known about Liu Cixin, the best-selling columnist that The New Yorker formerly called the countrys Arthur C. Clarke. If not, then the first time you heard of him was maybe a year ago when he prevailed a Hugo Award for Best Novel despite the machinations of the Sad and Rabid Puppies–the mostly white-hot men who were trying to hijack the nominations by filling them with pickings they experienced were more fitting nominees than some of the more literary, diverse wins of recent years.

No matter how you’ve come to know about Liu’s career, it’s time you get familiar with his novels. That’s why this month the WIRED Book Club is picking up the author’s Three-Body Problem , which not only won that Hugo but too grew the first-ever English translation to nab the award.

But just because Three-Body Problem is beloved, that doesn’t mean it’s easy. Lius work is considered “hard” science fictionthe claim of this work used to refer to a gravitational trouble in physics wherein the interaction between two objects becomes erratic when a third object enters the combat. And the narration, the first part of the Remembrance of Earths Past trilogy, begins during the course of its Cultural Revolution at a time when scientists and academics were persecuted for their work.

Read together with us, wont you? We’ll be finishing Chapter 10 next week–let’s discuss then!

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