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399 pages, Hardcover
First published May 1, 2006
“Even if God were here, it wouldn’t do any good. The entire human race has reached the point where no one is listening to their prayers.”
“It was impossible to expect a moral awakening from humankind itself, just like it was impossible to expect humans to lift off the earth by pulling up on their own hair. To achieve moral awakening required a force outside the human race.”
"Professor Wang, we want to know if you've had any recent contacts with members of the Frontiers of Science," the young cop said.
"The Frontiers of Science is full of famous scholars,and very influential. Why can't I have contact with a legal international academic group?"
To effectively contain a civilization’s development and disarm it across such a long span of time, there is only one way: kill its science.The Three-Body Problem is a very original story, and one that’s rather difficult to describe. Set in the present, in flashbacks against the backdrop of the Chinese Cultural Revolution, and at some points in cyberspace, this novel tells a tale of humanity’s first contact with an alien race.