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Death's End (Remembrance of Earth's Past) Hardcover – September 20, 2016
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"The Three-Body epic concludes with sweep and scope and majesty, worthy of Frederik Pohl or Poul Anderson, Scholar Wu or H. G. Wells. The universe is likely to be a rough neighborhood. See just how rough...and how life might still prevail." ―David Brin on Death's End
“If you thought The Three-Body Problem and The Dark Forest were expansive, they're nothing compared to Death's End.... A testament to just how far [Liu's] own towering imagination has taken him: Far beyond the borders of his country, and forever into the canon of science fiction.” ―NPR on Death’s End
“Compelling reading...the most mind-bending of them all.... Liu’s picture of humanity’s place in the cosmos is among the biggest, boldest and most disturbing we’ve seen.” ―The Los Angeles Times
Liu Cixin's writing evokes the thrill of exploration and the beauty of scale.... Extraordinary. ―The New Yorker
[Cixin h]as gained a following beyond the small but flourishing science-fiction world here [and] breathed new life into a genre . . . The "Three-Body" tomes chronicle a march of the human race into the universe set against the recent past, the tumultuous years of the Cultural Revolution. It is a classic science-fiction story in the style of the British master Arthur C. Clarke. ―The New York Times
Utterly, utterly brilliant. The Three-Body trilogy is nothing short of a masterpiece. ―Lavie Tidhar, World Fantasy Award winning author of Osama
“A breakthrough book . . ., a unique blend of scientific and philosophical speculation, politics and history, conspiracy theory and cosmology.” ―George R. R. Martin on The Three-Body Problem
The Three-Body Problem deserves all of its plaudits. It's an exceptional novel, and Ken Liu's translation is both smooth and unintrusive. ―Mike Resnick, multiple Hugo Award winner
"Ken Liu's excellent translation combines fluid clarity with a continuous view into Chinese worldviews, adding to the fun and making this the best kind of science fiction, familiar but strange all at the same time.I hope we'll get to read more by Cixin Liu, and for now applaud this great entry." ―Kim Stanley Robinson on The Three Body Problem
A tour-de-force walk through Chinese and world history. The Three-Body Problem merges virtual realities, alien invasions and exciting science, and manages to make them all fresh. ―Aliette de Bodard, Nebula Award winner
Cixin Liu brings to the reader a deep and insightful vision of China past and future. First-rate work by a powerful new voice. ―Ben Bova, multiple Hugo Award winner, on The Three Body Problem
About the Author
CIXIN LIU is a prolific and popular science fiction writer in the People's Republic of China. Liu is a winner of the Hugo Award and a multiple winner of the Galaxy Award (the Chinese Hugo) and the Xing Yun Award (the Chinese Nebula). He lives with his family in Yangquan, Shanxi.
KEN LIU (translator) translated the Hugo-winning The Three-Body Problem and edited Invisible Planets, the first English-language anthology of Chinese SF from the 21st century. A winner of the Nebula, Hugo, and World Fantasy awards for his own original fiction, he is the author of the Dandelion Dynasty series of silkpunk epic fantasy novels (The Grace of Kings and The Wall of Storms) as well as The Paper Menagerie and Other Stories, a collection.
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Remember how far we have come from? The whole story started in around 1960s as China went through a horrible period of political turmoil. When senseless mobs beat a little girl’s father to death in public, her faith in humanity was shaken and lost. Her solution was to seek help from species of other planets, thus changing the course of humanity. As a result numerous lives were lost in the ensuing battles and conflicts. But two unlikely heroes came to rescue – Mr. Luo Ji devised a way to blackmail and diffuse the Trisolarian invasion, and Mr. Zhang Beihai managed to save and plant a human seed far away from the Earth.
Did both strategies work? The Death’s End provides the final answer. The main character of the third book is another woman (Ms. Cheng Xin). She is smart but weak, and the choice she made in this book will be long debated among the Three-Body fans. But does it really matter at the end? It appears that, regardless of her choice, the fate of humanity was inevitably sealed. I will say this, that two women, Ye Wenjie in book one and Cheng Xin in book three, pretty much decided the course and the ending (a feminism analysis of Big Liu is due).
There are so many refreshing gems in the Death’s End that makes the book irresistible. For example, how to send a communication device to Trisolaris but the device must have minimum amount of weight and can survive long distance of space travel? Big Liu’s answer was plainly crazy yet sensible. For example, Big Liu rebranded himself temporarily and inserted a long and intriguing fairytale, yes, you are reading this correctly, a fairytale about how an evil prince stealing the throne of a kingdom and a princess fighting back. Finally, a stupendous weapon called the “two-dimension note”. I don’t want to elaborate. Let’s just say that if you are still reading my comment here, you are not affected by this weapon (yet).
Besides sci-fi and fairytales, Big Liu clearly likes to write detective stories, which are dotted throughout this book series. Book one began with a scientist trying to figure out what was wrong with his vision and who was behind all the suicides of other scientists. Book two had a heavy dose of mouse-and-cat game between wallfacers and wallbreakers. Book three involved many experts (scientists, intelligence officers, and professors in literature) trying to decipher the true meaning of the fairytale. These plots will keep you guessing and add extra thrill.
Finally, the ending. So much happened while ions went by in the final pages. I remember many people complaining about the slow pace of book one. When u reach the end of book three, u will instead suffer whiplashes. I had to turn back and go over many pages again asking what the F is going and trying to make sense of what is happening. Suffice to say that it is a finish that I have never seen it before in any sci-fi literature. Probably the GRANDEST and the MOST INSANE ending of all.
Go read it, and start to marvel and tremble.
The trilogy was not without it's problems, however. The characters, for the most part, were weakly developed and one-dimensional. The last female protagonist would not be my first choice to carry forward our genotype and clearly she doesn't exhibit anything close to the heroic qualities that many of us admire. We might have done better with a lottery.
The physics hung together, for the most part. However, I was promised (by Chinese readers) a resolution of the physics supporting perpendicular vector changes for the "teardrop" in novel 3. It wasn't there. There were other physical phenomena mentioned, then quickly glossed over. I mention this only to let the readers of this review know that, while this was a great novel, it wasn't perfect. It has holes. Whether that is important to you or not, you may judge for yourself.
My initial thoughts after reading the book is that it has successfully accomplished what most authors strive for: a change in the readers' perceptions of the external world and a reconsideration of the belief constructs of the readers' inner worlds. I would have to say that Remembrance, is the best hard science fiction trilogy that I've read in the last 30 years from a science perspective, with Book 3 being the best of the lot.