Cixin Liu’s The Three-Body Trilogy

Tor Books to Release The Three-Body Problem, the First Chinese Science Fiction Novel Translated Into English

Tor Books is excited to announce that The Three-Body Trilogy is coming to America! The award-winning series by Liu Cixin—the first of which will be the first Chinese science fiction novel translated into English—has already sold over 400,000 copies, and helped spark a new wave of science fiction writing in China. Liu uses the “three-body problem” of classical mechanics to ask some terrifying questions about human nature and what lies at the core of civilization. The series explores the world of the Trisolarans, a race that is forced to adapt to life in a triple star system, on a planet whose gravity, heat, and orbit are in constant flux. Facing utter extinction, the Trisolarans plan to evacuate and conquer the nearest habitable planet, and finally intercept a message—from Earth.

The Three-Body Problem, the first book in the Three-Body Trilogy, will be translated into English by Ken Liu, the author of “The Man Who Ended History: A Documentary,” “Music of the Spheres,” and “Altogether Elsewhere, Vast Herds of Reindeer.” Mr. Liu’s 2012 story “The Paper Menagerie” became the first work of fiction to sweep the Nebula, Hugo, and World Fantasy Awards, and his recent story “Mono no Aware” has been nominated for this year’s Hugo.


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