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Publisher's Summary

Set against the backdrop of China's Cultural Revolution, a secret military project sends signals into space to establish contact with aliens. An alien civilisation on the brink of destruction captures the signal and plans to invade Earth.
Meanwhile, on Earth, different camps start forming, planning to either welcome the superior beings and help them or to fight against the invasion.
©2006 Cixin Liu (P)2015 W F Howes Ltd
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Critic Reviews

"A milestone in Chinese science fiction." (New York Times)
"The best kind of science fiction." (Kim Stanley Robinson)
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By Jay Dante on 12-12-16

Strange & wonderful

Keeps you guessing and doesn't disappoint. It's like Ender's Game meets The Mote in God's Eye in a Murakami novel. Hard sci fi, but not pedantically so, with beautiful prose.

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By J. on 04-06-16

Great

What did you like best about this story?

This book has a wealth of great ideas, and it manages to combine great scientific ideas with interesting cultural and social ideas as well. Particularly, the Chinese Cultural Revolution plays a significant role in the story, which has a great impact on one of the main characters. As a westerner (from northern Europe), the Cultural Revolution is not an even I know much about, but seeing it presented from a Chinese viewpoint (albeit with great hindsight) was very interesting.

The scientific ideas are also fantastic. They are complicated (for a novel), and one of them takes several chapters to introduce, but you won't even realise you're being introduced to it. It's absolutely brilliant.

What does Bruno Roubicek bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

The narration is wonderful in my opinion. Roubicek is quite mellow and perhaps even delivers a tint of depression in the tone, but it suits the book. The book has a eerie sense of mystery and despair, and Roubicek's narration enhances this atmosphere.

Any additional comments?

I'll mention the only downside I noticed: One of the main characters is a bit flat and uninteresting. I'm not sure if this is intended to increase immersion (it's easier to fill and empty pair of pants, so to speak). He is interesting for what happens to him, but many of the supporting characters are more complex and interesting.

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By J Sims on 12-13-16

Good story, wooden delivery

Whilst the story was a refreshing break from the my usual diet of space opera series', I struggled to get to the end of this as the reader made everything feel really quite dry and at some points even seemingly started reading in. a. robot. voice. even. though. it. was. a. real. person.

That said, I still recommend it to anyone looking for a thought provoking modern day sci fi yarn, and it's especially nice to see a story not based on the USA or Europe.

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By C. Campbell on 11-14-17

Fascinating perspectives but felt quite long

Occasionally brilliant observations of the dark side of humanity and an interesting portrayal of a period of history I know little about. Bold portrayal of advances in physics. A book of many different textures. Sometimes dark, sometimes cartoonish. But with a tendancy to run long.

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By Amazon Customer on 11-29-16

Excellent

I'm hesitant to give it five stars for a few reasons. The main ones being odd plot devices, narration not being perfect (albeit good) and the book not leaving itself to be accessible to all.

If you want to get this book, do. You'll love it.

If you're hesitant, ask yourself this: "Am I prepared to listen to a lot of physics explanations and other hard sci-fi content?" If yes, then get this book.

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By Brian on 11-25-16

Fantastic perspective on sifi

A great story, with some good twists. An interesting Chinese cultural undertone.

Narration was ok. A little distracting.

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