The Three-Body Problem is an award-winning series by Liu Cixin—the first of which is arguably the first Chinese science fiction novel translated into English. Liu uses the “three-body problem” of classical mechanics to ask some terrifying questions about human nature and what lies at the core of civilization. The series explores the world of the Trisolarans, a race that is forced to adapt to life in a triple star system, on a planet whose gravity, heat, and orbit are in constant flux. Facing utter extinction, the Trisolarans plan to evacuate and conquer the nearest habitable planet, and finally intercept a message—from Earth.
I'm intrigued. I also don't believe I have read Chinese literature before, and I am positive I have not read Chinese science fiction. What better place to start than this book?
But, look at the cover art from Stephan Martiniere! Gorgeous.
Just from the cover, I want to know more. I like cover art as art for its own sake, but I know that the primary reason it is there is to help present, market, and sell the book. From that perspective, the cover works. It pulls me in.