The Dark Forest by Cixin Liu
The Dark Forest: This near-future trilogy is the first chance for English-speaking readers to experience this multiple-award-winning phenomenon from Cixin Liu, China’s most beloved science fiction author. In The 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.
‘A milestone in Chinese science fiction’ New York Times. ‘The best kind of science fiction’ Kim Stanley Robinson. ‘Vivid, imaginative and rooted in cutting-edge science… Cixin stands at the top tier of speculative fiction in any language’ David Brin. ‘A marvellous melange of awe-inspiring scientific concepts, clever plotting and quirky yet plausible characters, all conveyed in in a plain style capable of signalling hidden depths’ The Times. ‘Full of surprises and wondrous ideas … The depth of feeling here is extraordinary. Emotion and science brilliantly co-exist. To call the vision grand and ambitious seems a ridiculous understatement … I await the conclusion, Death’s End, in the spring with enormous anticipation. I have no doubt that when this trilogy is complete we will have a masterpiece on our hands’ For Winters Nights. ‘Hauntingly gentle in its delivery and gorgeous in its own wondrous atmosphere, The Dark Forest is a quiet slice of lovely science fiction … it’s bursting with character and ingenuity’ Starburst magazine. ‘Chinese SF has been neglected in the wider world for far too long’ Interzone. ‘A breakthrough book … a unique blend of scientific and philosophical speculation, politics and history, conspiracy theory and cosmology, where kings and emperors from both western and Chinese history mingle in a dreamlike game world, while cops and physicists deal with global conspiracies, murders, and alien invasions in the real world’ George RR Martin. –This text refers to the Paperback edition.
CIXIN LIU is the most prolific and popular science fiction writer in the People’s Republic of China. Liu is an eight-time winner of the Galaxy Award (the Chinese Hugo) and a winner of the Chinese Nebula Award. His books include The Three-Body Problem and The Dark Forest. Prior to becoming a writer, he worked as an engineer in a power plant. Translator JOEL MARTINSEN is the managing editor of Danwei.org, a blog about Chinese media. His translation of an excerpt of Cixin Liu’s Ball Lightning appeared in Words Without Borders.
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