The SF Projector –The ‘Three-Body Problem’ China’s Hard Science-Fiction Phenomenon: “Every Advanced Alien Civilization is a Hidden Hunter” (WATCH Video)

 

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This full-length video of the Three-Body Problem –the first science-fiction novel of a trilogy published in 2014- is the first chance for English-speaking readers to view the Hugo Award-winning phenomenon from Liu Cixin, who depicts the universe as a jungle with every advanced alien civilization as a "hidden hunter." The novel asks one of the oldest questions in SF: What would it mean for the human race to come in contact with an extraterrestrial intelligence?


"This is the most impactful sci-fi series I've ever read," says an Amazon reviewer. "What I mean by that, is that this series has permanently changed: the way I look at the stars, the way I perceive time, the way I think about life, the way I think about SETI, the way I think about the meaning of life, the way I think about human beings' place in the universe, the way I view technology."

The Three-Body Problem is hard SF, full of lyrical, lengthy passages of technical exposition about everything from quantum mechanics to artificial intelligence that spans multiple decades and characters, but orbits around Ye Wenjie and Wang Miao, two scientists in the very near future. Wenjie is an astrophysicist with a haunted past; she's the daughter of a physicist who was executed during the Cultural Revolution for daring to teach the "reactionary" idea of general relativity. Miao is a nanotech engineer, and he's been swept up in a virtual-reality, online video game called Three Body that's so deeply metaphysical, it's begun to resemble a cult.

 

 

 

Set against the backdrop of China's Cultural Revolution, a secret military project sends signals into space to establish contact with an alien civilization on the brink of destruction that captures the signal and plans to invade Earth. On Earth, different camps plan to either welcome the superior beings and help them take over a world seen as corrupt, or to defend against the invasion.

The result is a science-fiction epic of enormous scope and vision.

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