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The Three-Body Problem

The Three-Body Problem Series (Volume 1)

Author: Cixin Liu, translated by Ken Liu

The Three-Body Problem

The Three-Body Problem

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A Hugo-Award winning tour de force near-future adventure with the scope of Dune and commercial action of Independence Day from China's most beloved science fiction writer
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The inspiration for the Netflix series 3 Body Problem!


Over 1 million copies sold in North America

“A mind-bending epic.”The New York Times • “War of the Worlds for the 21st century.”The Wall Street Journal • “Fascinating.”TIME • “Extraordinary.”The New Yorker • “Wildly imaginative.”—Barack Obama • “Provocative.”Slate • “A breakthrough book.”—George R. R. Martin • “Impossible to put down.”GQ • “Absolutely mind-unfolding.”NPR • “You should be reading Liu Cixin.”The Washington Post

The Three-Body Problem is the first novel in the groundbreaking, Hugo Award-winning series from China's most beloved science fiction author, Cixin Liu.

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 Three-Body Problem Series
The Three-Body Problem
The Dark Forest
Death's End

Other Books by Cixin Liu
Ball Lightning
Supernova Era
To Hold Up the Sky

The Wandering Earth
A View from the Stars

Imprint Publisher

Tor Books



In The News

Praise for the Three-Body Problem series:

"Wildly imaginative."—President Barack Obama

“A mind-bending epic.”—The New York Times

“Absolutely mind-unfolding. . . . a science-fiction epic of the most profound kind.”—NPR

“A breakthrough book . . . a unique blend of scientific and philosophical speculation, politics and history, conspiracy theory and cosmology.”—George R. R. Martin

"Liu Cixin's writing evokes the thrill of exploration and the beauty of scale. . . . Extraordinary."—The New Yorker

“[Liu turns] technically complex and existentially dreadful ideas into books that are impossible to put down.”—GQ

“A fascinating novel of ideas."–TIME

"The best kind of science fiction, familiar but strange all at the same time."—Kim Stanley Robinson

"Remarkable, revelatory, and not to be missed."—Kirkus Reviews, starred review

"Fans of hard SF will revel in this intricate and imaginative novel."—Publishers Weekly, starred review

War of the Worlds for the 21st century.”—Wall Street Journal

“Liu’s picture of humanity’s place in the cosmos is among the biggest, boldest and most disturbing we’ve seen.”—Los Angeles Times


“A gripping and haunting sci-fi mystery.”—Cosmopolitan

"A must-read in any language."—Booklist

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