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The Dark Forest
11 Aug 2015 * EBOOK * £2.99 * 9781784971588

The universe is a forest, patrolled by numberless and nameless predators. In this forest, others are hell, a dire existential threat. Stealth is survival. Any civilisation that reveals its location is prey. Earth has. And the others are on the way.

Fiction / FL (Science Fiction)
Extent: 560 pages
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The Dark ForestThe Three-Body Problem, 2Cixin Liu, translated by Joel Martinsen

Winner of the 2018 Arthur C. Clarke Award for Imagination in Service to Society.

Imagine the universe as a forest, patrolled by numberless and nameless predators. In this forest, stealth is survival – any civilisation that reveals its location is prey.

Earth has. Now the predators are coming.

Crossing light years, the Trisolarians will reach Earth in four centuries' time. But the sophons, their extra-dimensional agents and saboteurs, are already here. Only the individual human mind remains immune to their influence.

This is the motivation for the Wallfacer Project, a last-ditch defence that grants four individuals almost absolute power to design secret strategies, hidden through deceit and misdirection from human and alien alike. Three of the Wallfacers are influential statesmen and scientists, but the fourth is a total unknown.

Luo Ji, an unambitious Chinese astronomer, is baffled by his new status. All he knows is that he's the one Wallfacer that Trisolaris wants dead.

'China's answer to Arthur C. Clarke' The New Yorker.

Cixin Liu is China's #1 SF writer and author of The Three-Body Problem – the first ever translated novel to win a Hugo Award. Prior to becoming a writer, Liu worked as an engineer in a power plant in Yangquan.

Winner of the 2018 Arthur C. Clarke Award for Imagination in Service to Society.

Winner of Hugo Award for Best Novel.

250,000 copies sold so far.

MARKET: Neal Stephenson; Arthur C. Clarke.


'A unique blend of scientific and philosophical speculation, politics and history, conspiracy theory and cosmology', George R.R. Martin

'Wildly imaginative, really interesting ... The scope of it was immense', Barack Obama, 44th President of the United States.

'A milestone in Chinese science fiction', New York Times

'Cixin Liu is the author of your next favourite sci-fi novel', Wired

'China's answer to Arthur C. Clarke', The New Yorker

'A marvellous mélange of awe-inspiring scientific concepts, clever plotting and quirky yet plausible characters, all conveyed in in a plain style capable of signalling hidden depths', The Times

'The best kind of science fiction', Kim Stanley Robinson

'Vivid, imaginative and rooted in cutting-edge science ... Cixin stands at the top tier of speculative fiction in any language', David Brin

'Full of surprises and wondrous ideas ... The depth of feeling here is extraordinary. Emotion and science brilliantly co-exist. To call the vision grand and ambitious seems a ridiculous understatement ... I await the conclusion, Death's End, in the spring with enormous anticipation. I have no doubt that when this trilogy is complete we will have a masterpiece on our hands', For Winters Nights

'Hauntingly gentle in its delivery and gorgeous in its own wondrous atmosphere, The Dark Forest is a quiet slice of lovely science fiction ... it's bursting with character and ingenuity', Starburst magazine

'Chinese SF has been neglected in the wider world for far too long', Interzone

'[The Three-Body Problem and The Dark Forest are] the works of fiction I am most enthusiastic about', Bloomberg

'Even what doesn't happen is epic', London Review of Books

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