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Cixin Liu

Liu Cixin is a Chinese computer engineer and science fiction writer. He is a nine-time winner of the Galaxy Award (China's most prestigious literary science fiction award) and winner of The Hugo Award for his novel The Three-Body Problem.

Liu Cixin was born in Beijing. He was raised in Yangquan because his parents had to relocate to work in the mines there. Due to the upheaval of the Cultural Revolution, he was later sent to live in his family's ancestral home in Luoshan County, Henan.

In 1988, Liu completed his education at the North China University of Water Conservancy and Electric Power. He pursued a career as a computer engineer at a power plant located in Shanxi province.

Liu's literary influences include English authors George Orwell and Arthur C. Clarke. He gained recognition as the first cyberpunk Chinese author when his novel China 2185 came out in 1989.

However, Liu's most notable and internationally acclaimed work is The Three-Body Problem (2006), the first installment of the Remembrance of Earth's Past trilogy.

This novel garnered widespread attention and acclaim, especially after American author Ken Liu's translation received the prestigious 2015 Hugo Award for Best Novel. Liu Cixin thus became the first Asian author to receive this honor. The German translation, which included additional content not present in the English version, followed in 2016.

Liu's fiction delves into critical themes such as social inequality, scientific progress, and ecological challenges that impact humanity.

A cinematic adaptation of The Three-Body Problem was in the works, but its release was postponed, sparking speculation and negotiations with Amazon. Nevertheless, YooZoo Pictures maintained ownership of the adaptation rights.

Liu's short story The Wandering Earth received a cinematic adaptation that was released in China in 2019, becoming a success at the Chinese box office.

Furthermore, his science fiction The Rural Teacher was adapted into the science-fiction comedy Crazy Alien, which achieved significant box office success.

In September 2020, Netflix announced plans for an English-language series based on Liu's trilogy The Three-Body Problem, with Liu serving as a consulting producer. The project involved notable figures such as David Benioff, D.B. Weiss, Rian Johnson, and Rosamund Pike.

Liu Cixin lives in China.
years of life: 23 June 1963 present

Books

Quotes

Marhas quotedlast year
to inquire after Say’s mother and the UN’s mother, to inquire after the mothers of all of the delegates at the special session and on the PDC, to inquire after the mothers of the entire human race, and finally to inquire after the nonexistent mothers of the Trisolarans.
Constanza Marambiohas quotedlast year
“What do you think I should think about now?”
“In my experience, any thinking is liable to go off the rails. You should just go to sleep
Maxim Eremeevhas quoted2 years ago
Von Neumann lifted both hands above his head and solemnly chanted: “As ordered by the great emperor, turn on the computer! System self-test!”

Impressions

Maxim Eremeevshared an impression2 years ago
💡Learnt A Lot
👍Worth reading

Парадоксальная книга: вроде написано довольно незатейливо, но оторваться невозможно. Наверное, дело в том, что у Цысиня талант интересно и неожиданно интегрировать в историю самые разные научные концепции. В общем, после первой книжки точно хочется прочесть оставшиеся две и узнать, что будет дальше.

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  • Marshared an impressionlast year
    🔮Hidden Depths
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    Read the trilogy.

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  • R Güemesshared an impression2 years ago
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    Ciencia ficción de alta gama, permite expandir la mente, aprender más sobre ciencia y reflexionar sobre las interrogantes que nos hacemos sobre los "Que pasaría si?" En el futuro como planeta

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