Paperback, 434 pages

English language

Published Sept. 13, 2016 by Head of Zeus.


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3 stars (5 reviews)

1967: Ye Wenjie witnesses Red Guards beat her father to death during China's Cultural Revolution. This singular event will shape not only the rest of her life but also the future of mankind.

Four decades later, Beijing police ask nanotech engineer Wang Miao to infiltrate a secretive cabal of scientists after a spate of inexplicable suicides. Wang's investigation will lead him to a mysterious online game and immerse him in a virtual world ruled by the intractable and unpredictable interaction of its three suns.

This is the Three-Body Problem and it is the key to everything: the key to the scientists' deaths, the key to a conspiracy that spans light-years and the key to the extinction-level threat humanity now faces.

11 editions

Die drei Sonnen - chinesische Science Fiction

4 stars

"Die drei Sonnen" ist der erste Teil der Trisolaris-Trilogie und hat 2015 den Hugo-Award gewonnen. Anspruchsvoll und stellenweise langatmig, aber es war für mich total spannend, chinesische Science Fiction zu lesen, gerade mit diesen philosophischen Ausführungen.

Not just bizarrely nihilistic and cynical, but also pro-authoritarian propaganda

1 star

Content warning This book is intensely political.

Good, but watch out - sets up trilogy

5 stars

The first few chapters had me darting to and from Wikipedia to help add some context to a story that is deeply set in the Chinese Cultural Revolution. It',s a triviality to call the story complex, a mystery than unfolds through the book. Be warned this is the first in a trilogy and a very much sets itself up this way, which was a little frustrating in the last few chapters.


  • Fiction, science fiction, general