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The Three-Body Problem (Remembrance of Earth’s Past #1)

  • Au­thor: Liu Cix­in
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    It's very good. It's al­­so sur­pris­ing­­ly dif­­fi­cult to read be­­cause of the mis­s­ing res­o­­nance of the cul­­tur­al and his­­tor­i­­cal re­f­er­ences. Sure, I know about Marie Curie, but what hap­pens when a char­ac­ter men­­tions Wu Chien-Shi­ung "went even fur­ther than Marie Curie"? Sure, she went fur­ther be­­cause she be­­came a physi­­cist af­ter Marie Curie died! Why is she even brought up?

    Is that some in­­her­ent chi­­nese chau­v­in­ism in the orig­i­­nal tex­t? I have no idea, but I pre­fer to take it as an ex­­tra op­­por­­tu­ni­­ty: a nov­el about alien con­­tact writ­ten by a mild­­ly alien writ­er. Sure, a "re­al" alien would be much dif­fer­­en­t, in fact it would prob­a­bly be un­in­tel­li­gi­ble to me. So this is the mild sub­­sti­­tute.

    I liked it a lot.