Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Waiting on Wednesday (62)

"Waiting On" Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we're eagerly anticipating. So here's a thing I'm looking forward to: The Three-Body Problem, by Liu Cixin (Tor Books, 14 October  11 November 2014).

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.  


I am, of course, specifically looking forward to the English translation. I've read a lot of good things on various blogs about the current state of Chinese sf generally and about the brilliance of this book in particular, and I'm interested to see for myself what's going on here.

1 comment:

  1. Nice! Sci-fi set in China. I'm still new in this genre. I love that your pick is a foreign author. I don't see people picking books like these often.
    ""Meanwhile, on Earth, different camps start forming, planning to either welcome the superior beings ...."
    This part makes me think of that scene in Independence Day with those hippies on the roof..

    Nice pick!