This is the golden age of Chinese science fiction


#1

Originally published at: https://boingboing.net/2018/09/12/xixin-liu.html


#2

Really enjoyed the Remembrance of Earth’s Past trilogy. Reminded me a lot of Sir Arthur C. Clarke’s novels, but with a distinctly Chinese cultural perspective and a modern sensibility. My only real critique is the infodumps (endemic to most Western SF as well) which while interesting did pull me out of the story a bit. Not sure if this is a translation issue. I’ve been lobbying my wife to read The Three-Body Problem in the original, as she can read Chinese and I can’t, but she’s not a big into SF.

Really hope the movie comes out at some point and is subtitled so I can watch it.


#3

Sad to say, almost none of it has been translated into English


#4

There was a point in Cixin Liu’s novel that kind of irked me. Three Body Problem was written in a serious manner but the portion where they raided the meeting place and, inexplicably, the SWAT force had a scale to really make certain that what the opposition had was a nuclear device, was like something out of a tongue in cheek anime.


#5

If that was the least of the problems you had with that series, then you were lucky. I read all three and enjoyed parts of each, but there were also long stretches of each that a good editor would have removed or agressivly shortened. I don’t regret reading the series, but I’m not going to recommend it to anyone.


#6

Scientific fiction - with Chinese characteristics.


#7

I just completed the Three Body Problem and I think it is far from the worst SF book you can buy today. I would give it 7/10. Its worth much more than the 3 AUD I paid for it.


#8

I finally finished 3 Body Problem after giving up halfway through, and starting in on the Broken Earth series (now there’s a series that deserved its awards). It did finally start to move right at the end, but before that, what a slog. Not being able to read Chinese, I can’t tell if the problem was the translation, the writing, or just that writing styles don’t translate well between the cultures, but it was terrible; stilted, poor characterization, long boooooring stretches where little happens; pulpy; and generally just plain bad. Some interesting ideas, but the writing … I can’t really explain how it could win the Hugo. But then again, the Hugo’s have often been a bit odd; Iain Banks never won one, but J.K. Rowling did.


#9

If your German is up to it, there is a good1) adaptation of The Three Body Problem as a radio play.

1) Well, I liked it. Reading the comments, I now suppose they tightened it up a bit in the editing, but thinking back it didn’t feel like anything was missing.


#10

I’m about half way through Three Body Problem right now and I’ve quite enjoyed it so far. Maybe because it exceeded my expectations (I wasn’t even aware of it until I found it amongst so much scifi garbage offered by Overdrive)


#11

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