"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,
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.