Here are the Books to Read if You Like ‘3 Body Problem’ on Netflix

Posted on March 21, 2024

by Franco V

Did you just watch 3 Body Problem on Netflix? Good news! This series, based upon an excellent science fiction novel by Chinese author Cixin Liu, is the perfect launching point to start reading science fiction by Chinese and Chinese-American authors.

If you found yourself mesmerized by the complex interplay of science, philosophy, and imagination in the series, then you’re in for a treat! We’ve curated a selection of thought-provoking books that promise to transport you to distant galaxies, challenge your perceptions of reality, and leave you questioning the very fabric of the universe. Whether you’re a seasoned sci-fi aficionado or a newcomer to the genre, prepare to embark on a literary adventure beyond the bounds of our own world. So, grab your reading glasses and get ready to explore the wonders of the cosmos through the pages of our recommended reads!

Book Jacket: The Three-body Problem

the three-body problem by Cixin Liu

"With the scope of Dune and the commercial action of Independence Day, this near-future trilogy is the first chance for English-speaking readers to experience this multiple-award-winning phenemonenon from China's most beloved science fiction author. Set against the backdrop of China's Cultural Revolution, a secret military project sends signals into space to establish contact with aliens. An alien civilization on the brink of destruction captures the signal and plans to invade Earth. Meanwhile, on Earth, different camps start forming, planning to either welcome the superior beings and help them take over a world seen as corrupt, or to fight against the invasion. The result is a science fiction masterpiece of enormous scope and vision"-- Provided by publisher.

Book Jacket: The Wandering Earth

the wandering earth by Cixin Liu

"These eleven stories, including five Chinese Galaxy Award-winners, are a blazingly original ode to planet Earth, its pasts, and its futures. Liu's fiction takes the reader to the edge of the universe and the end of time, to meet stranger fates than we could have ever imagined. With a melancholic and keen understanding of human nature, Liu's stories show humanity's attempts to reason, navigate, and above all, survive in a desolate cosmos."-- Provided by publisher.

Book Jacket: The Dark Forest

the dark forest by Cixin Liu

"With the scope of Dune and the rousing action of Independence Day, this near-future trilogy is the first chance for English-speaking readers to experience this multiple-award-winning phenemonenon from China's most beloved science fiction author. In Dark Forest, Earth is reeling from the revelation of a coming alien invasion--in just four centuries' time. The aliens' human collaborators may have been defeated, but the presence of the sophons, the subatomic particles that allow Trisolaris instant access to all human information, means that Earth's defense plans are totally exposed to the enemy. Only the human mind remains a secret. This is the motivation for the Wallfacer Project, a daring plan that grants four men enormous resources to design secret strategies, hidden through deceit and misdirection from Earth and Trisolaris alike. Three of the Wallfacers are influential statesmen and scientists, but the fourth is a total unknown. Luo Ji, an unambitious Chinese astronomer and sociologist, is baffled by his new status. All he knows is that he's the one Wallfacer that Trisolaris wants dead"-- Provided by publisher.

Book Jacket: A View From the Stars

a view from the stars by Cixin Liu

"A View from the Stars is a collection of short fiction and nonfiction pieces from Cixin Liu. Included are essays and interviews that shed light on Liu's experiences as a reader, writer, and lover of science fiction throughout his life, as well as short fiction that gives glimpses into the evolution of his imaginative voice over the years." -- Provided by publisher.

Book Jacket: The Grace of Kings

the grace of kings by Ken Liu

"Wily, charming Kuni Garu--a bandit--and stern, fearless Mata Zyndu--the son of a deposed duke--seem like polar opposites. Yet, in the uprising against the emperor, the two quickly become the best of friends after a series of adventures fighting against vast conscripted armies, silk-draped airships, soaring battle kites, underwater boats, magical books, shapeshifting gods, and scaled whales who seem to prophesy the future. Once the emperor has been overthrown, however, the two find themselves the leaders of two sides with very different ideas about how the world should be run and the meaning of justice"-- Provided by publisher.

Book Jacket: The Paper Menagerie and Other Stories

the paper menagerie and other stories by Ken Liu

Presents the author's selection of his best short stories, as well as a new piece, in a collection that includes "The Man Who Ended History: A Documentary," "Mono No Aware" and "The Waves.".

Book Jacket: The Hidden Girl and Other Stories

the hidden girl and other stories by Ken Liu

"From award-winning author Ken Liu comes his much anticipated second volume of short stories. Ken Liu is one of the most lauded short story writers of our time. This collection includes a selection of his science fiction and fantasy stories from the last five years-sixteen of his best-plus a new novelette. In addition to these seventeen selections, The Hidden Girl and Other Stories also features an excerpt from book three in the Dandelion Dynasty series, The Veiled Throne"-- Provided by publisher.

Book Jacket: Broken Stars

broken stars

"The stories span the range from short-shorts to novellas, and evoke every hue on the emotional spectrum. Besides stories firmly entrenched in subgenres familiar to Western SFF readers such as hard SF, cyberpunk, science fantasy, and space opera, the anthology also includes stories that showcase deeper ties to Chinese culture: alternate Chinese history, chuanyue time travel, satire with historical and contemporary allusions that are likely unknown to the average Western reader. While the anthology makes no claim or attempt to be "representative" or "comprehensive," it demonstrates the vibrancy and diversity of science fiction being written in China at this moment."

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