|Trade paperback, 434 pages|
Published 2016 (originally 2006)
Acquired and read May 2017
The explorations of the simulated alien world of Trisolaris are really neat, especially the grappling with how would you devise scientific reasoning in a world that seemingly defied rational prediction. As things started to come together in the final third of the novel, I liked it even more-- as the narrative comes back to Ye Wenjie, she turns out to be a fascinating character. This isn't just a book about cool scientific concepts, it's also about the processes of history, and who gets left behind by history, and who feels betrayed by progress. Liu provides a mirrored vision for these issues, as we see them play out on both Trisolaris and in China. Those who struggle against history are of course themselves part of it, and even though this book just spans from 1967 to 2007, I can already see how this series will (quite appropriately) project hundreds of years into the future by the time it's done.
Next Week: A return to the world of The Broken Earth in The Obelisk Gate!