The Asia Society Book Club

Book Club

At our next Asia Society Book Club, we'll read and discuss "The Three-Body Problem", the first part of a science-fiction trilogy by China's most beloved science fiction author, Liu Cixin. This book is the 2015 winner of the Hugo Award for Best Novel, the first translated novel in history to receive that honor.

This event is for Asia Society members only.


‘1967: Ye Wenjie witnesses Red Guards beat her father to death during China’s Cultural Revolution. This singular event will shape not only the rest of her life but also the future of mankind.

Four decades later, Beijing police ask nanotech engineer Wang Miao to infiltrate a secretive cabal of scientists after a spate of inexplicable suicides. Wang’s investigation will lead him to a mysterious online game and immerse him in a virtual world ruled by the intractable and unpredicatable interaction of its three suns.

This is the Three-Body Problem and it is the key to everything: the key to the scientists’ deaths, the key to a conspiracy that spans light-years and the key to the extinction-level threat humanity now faces.’

Cixin himself has been at the forefront of the scene since the 1990s. He is the first Asian writer to receive a Hugo award (in 2015), and the author whose work best captures the giddying, libidinous pace of the Chinese economic boom. His monumental Three-Body Trilogy – first published between 2006 and 2010, and recently translated into English by Ken Liu, a Chinese-American sci-fi writer – is Chinese science fiction’s best-known work.

Suggest a Book
If you have any interesting reading recommendations, please let us know so we can consider them for our next meeting. 

Event Details

Thu 30 Aug 2018
6:30 - 7:30 p.m.

Kaffeehaus zur Weltkugel
Bärengasse 20
8001 Zurich

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