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Set against the backdrop of China's Cultural Revolution, a secret military project sends signals into space to establish contact with aliens. An alien civilisation 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 or to fight against the invasion.
©2006 Cixin Liu (P)2015 W F Howes Ltd
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"A milestone in Chinese science fiction." ( New York Times)
"The best kind of science fiction." (Kim Stanley Robinson)
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5 out of 5 stars
Von BikerJoe Am hilfreichsten 20.04.2017

Deep Science and Machiavellian Politics in China

This is definitely the best science fiction, I read in a long time. It is very different from the average science fiction fare, no gross and bizarre alien creatures, no galactic battle scenes or return to primitive life forms in the aftermath of a nuclear war, quite the opposite. This story has epic dimensions, it starts in recent history and its political environment and leads us into the very near future.

With amazing honesty and insight Cixin Liu describes the horrors and madness of the Cultural Revolution in China and what consequences it had for the people living during that era. With the same accuracy and insight Cixin Liu talks about astrophysics, nuclear science and technology in general. It is a real delight to listen to him.

I do not know, how well written the original Chinese prose is, but I liked the translation. The language perfectly matches the content of the narrative. It is businesslike and brisk, when describing technical issues and becomes quite artful, when emotions and feelings are expressed. Bruno Roubicek is a perfect speaker, but I have to admit that I struggled with keeping track of all the different Chinese names. This was a real challenge for me.

The story spans over the lifetime of the protagonist Ye Wenjie. It starts with young Ye Wenjie witnessing the humiliation and murder of her father Ye Zhetai, a university professor by a mob of the cultural revolution. Ye Wenjie has a rough childhood, her sister and her mother join the red guards and denounce her father. Her troubles become even worse, when she is trapped into reading and commenting on a forbidden foreign book. She gets punished and finally ends up in a remote area working on a secret defense project. Very soon she unveils the real purpose of the project, establishing contact with alien cultures. Ye Wenjie devotes her life to the task and she is the one, who receives the first signal from another world, Trisolaris, a doomed galaxy.

Read the book, you will love it.

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5 out of 5 stars
Von nodter Am hilfreichsten 02.06.2017

fine science fiction

If you are looking for a novel which could bring back the cosy feeling of the time when there was a high dose of science and a healthy cynicism toward human society in science fiction, this is your pick. If you are looking for a novel where you could meet well developed characters with depth and complexity of human correlations, you should better look elsewhere.

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