Reformed Cynic; Practical Optimist.
Sep 13, 2021 2 min read

The Three Body Problem Cixin Liu

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Read this one a little while ago but fell out of the rhythm of writing things down. I read a blog recently from HN that made the point that instead of endlessly obsessing over getting something perfect the better alternative is to just write something shorter and to the point. This is probably the antidote to some fairly core personality traits I’ve found myself with (hello, procrastination?) so I thought I’d give it a go.

Overall I really enjoyed the book. I think the characters were generally pretty interesting to spend some time with and the main premise was well-executed. It offered a brief glimpse into a Communist society that isn’t something I’ve previously spent any time considering so that was interesting too.

I loved the tech angle - there was a thread of Clarke’s ‘any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic’ to the whole thing - but then it even wrapped a lovely sci-fi explanation around it that I haven’t even gotten round to researching if it’s even based on anything remotely viable yet!

The virtual reality game was a nice prop and I’m glad I stuck with it because it did feel like it was waning a bit at one point. But ultimately the manual computation and the evolution of understanding felt quite accomplished in the end.

I’ve got the 2 sequels lined up and ready to go. Now I just need to do something about being perpetually time-poor.

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