I reviewed Cixin Liu’s “The Three Body Problem” awhile ago. For someone who is not from the East and did not grow up in China I found Cixin Liu’s book refreshing. His technical knowledge is far beyond mine, he is a computer engineer and more, but he explains the theories in a way most people can grasp.
In his second book of the Remembrance of Earth’s Past trilogy he deals more with philosophy. The Dark Forest is technical but it suggests philosophies we as Earthlings really need to consider as we go to other planets and try to communicate with the rest of the galaxy. The major philosophical discovery made by the main character, Lou Ji, is terrifying!
This is a link to a short Interview about and with Cixin Liu (Liu Cixin in Chinese).