The Three-Body Problem (The Three-Body Trilogy #1)

Author(s): Cixin Liu; Ken Liu (Translator)

SciFi & Fantasy

"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)


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'A marvellous melange of awe-inspiring scientific concepts, clever plotting and quirky yet plausible characters, all conveyed in in a plain style capable of signalling hidden depths' The Times. 'A milestone in Chinese science fiction' New York Times. 'The best kind of science fiction' Kim Stanley Robinson. 'Liu Cixin's impressive The Three Body Problem won the 2015 Hugo award for best novel, the first time a Chinese writer has taken that prize' Guardian (2015 Books of the Year). 'A marvellous melange of awe-inspiring scientific concepts, clever plotting and quirky yet plausible characters' Times Literary Supplement. 'China has a lively SF scene inaccessible to western audiences until recently, so it's a great pleasure to read this book by Cixin Liu - the country's most popular SF writer - in English. Handled expertly on the terms of the genre, it is seeing this tale played out through a different cultural lens that makes the book fascinating. The translation is exemplary. The book is top-flight SF; smart, informative and engaging' SFX. 'Hard science fiction at its finest, and fans will appreciate the superb attention to detail that drives this constantly evolving and impressive series' SciFiNow Magazine. 'The writing is superb ... The ideas are astounding, real eye-openers that expand the mind and really get the old grey matter going ... A stand-out, award-worthy novel and one that deserves a place amongst the science fiction classics' SF Book Reviews. 'For a book that makes you think, and holds true to some of the traditional values of SF, this one can't be beat' SFF World Magazine.

CIXIN LIU is China's number one SF writer. Prior to becoming a writer, he worked as an engineer in a power plant in Yangquan. Translator KEN LIU's short story "The Paper Menagerie" was the first work of fiction ever to sweep the Nebula, Hugo, and World Fantasy Awards.

General Fields

  • : 9781784971571
  • : Head of Zeus
  • : Head of Zeus
  • : November 2015
  • : 198mm X 129mm
  • : United Kingdom
  • : books

Special Fields

  • : 416
  • : Cixin Liu; Ken Liu (Translator)
  • : Paperback
  • : 416
  • : en
  • : 895.136