Review of Cixin Liu’s “The Dark Forest”

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).

Review of Cixin Liu’s “The Three-Body Problem” translated by Ken Liu

A couple of weeks ago I decided I needed to take a break from working on my own stories and read someone elses.  As I walked down the aisles at Indigo’s in Cambridge (Canada) I came across an interesting title called “The Three-Body Problem” in the science fiction section.

This is a Hugo winning story for best science fiction originally written in Chinese and later translated into English and German.

After years of reading science, fantasy, and historical fiction along with other genres I didn’t think I could find something completely original to read.  Cixin Liu’s book caught my attention and held it until the end.  I’m not an astophycisist, nor an engineer, nor a mathematician so I am grateful he does an amazing job of explaining the sophisticated scientific concepts that run throughout the book.  There is also the fascinating matter of taking me on a journey through Chinese history and way of thinking.

Ken Liu sums up the book for those of us brought up in the West in the postscript of the book:  “The English words are arranged in such a way that the reader sees a glimpse of another culture’s pattern of thinking, hears an echo of another language’s rhythms and cadences, and feels a tremor of another people’s gestures and movements.”

A marvel of a story to read outdoors, or inside across from a  large bay window, where you can glance up at the stars.


Liu Cixin:

Ken Liu