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  • G'day.

  • I'm Adam David Collings and today I'm doing a mini review of The Three Body Problem

  • by Cixin Liu, translated into English by Ken Liu

  • The Three Body problem won the hugo award for best novel in 2015.

  • It explores the idea of a planet in a trinary system, and the erratic orbit the planet has

  • around its three suns.

  • The planet is populated by an intelligent species who constantly have to deal with the

  • unique difficulties of living on a world like this.

  • The story is seen through the eyes of Wang Miao, a present day engineer.

  • He experiences the history of the alien world through a virtual reality game.

  • Famous humans from history stand in for the aliens to make their problems relatable.

  • As Wang infiltrates the secret cabal of scientists behind the game, it becomes clear there is

  • a dangerous conspiracy at play which involves the aliens.

  • The science in this book is really interesting, yet it never overwhelms the story.

  • The planet itself kind of bounces between the various stars.

  • As the stars get closer to each other, they'll snag the planet.

  • This leads to very unpredictable weather pattens.

  • An intense heat, strong enough to wipe out civilisation, can come upon them with no more

  • than a moment's notice.

  • The three body problem is a real life mathematical quandry.

  • Throughout the story, the aliens are trying to find a way to predict orbit of their world,

  • so they can avoid disasters before it's too late.

  • One of my favourite parts was when they developed a human-form computer.

  • They got a couple of people together holding flags and made an and gate, and then an or

  • gate.

  • Putting these together they created a cpu, memory, they even wrote software to run on

  • it.

  • As a computer programmer myself, I understood what they were trying to do here, and I thought

  • it was really cool.But I know what you're thinking.

  • The clock speed of a human-form computer would be slow slow that it wouldn't be worthwhile.

  • Well, they address that in the story as well.

  • I expected a lot of science in this book, but what I didn't expect, was that I'd

  • learn so much about chinese history, in particular, the chinese cultural revolution.

  • I knew very little about this, and found it very informative and fascinating.

  • If you're looking for a book that combines human drama, modern-day thriller, and some

  • really interesting science fiction concepts, then you'll want to check out The Three

  • Body Problem by Cixin Liu.

  • It's quite deserving of its hugo.

  • There are two more books in the series, which I haven't read yet.

  • Have you read this book?

  • What did you think of it, and what's one of the coolest science fiction concepts you've

  • come across in a book?

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The Three Body Problem by Cixin Liu Book Review

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