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Contemporary Sci-Fi Musts Remembrance of Earth's Past And Why You Should Know It

So there’s this sci-fi series that I like to fangirl about. Scratch that – everyone I know who’s read it basically fangirls about it. My boyfriend included. (Yes. It actually worked. I made my boyfriend start a series. Imagine that??) This series is called Remembrance of Earth’s Past and I’ll give you a couple reasons why you should know about it and read it.

The Three-Body Problem (Remembrance of Earth's Past #1) The Dark Forest (Remembrance of Earth's Past #2) Death's End (Remembrance of Earth's Past #3)

Reason #1. It’s Incredibly Twisty

ALL the twists

Liu Cixin is incredible at twists. And I mean incredible! We all know and love twists, and if you’ve read Illuminae you definitely know what I’m talking about! BUT. This guy’s twists? They’re smarter. They’re oh so much smarter and more scientific that you never would have guessed. You just don’t have it in your mind as a possibility before he shows it to you. It’s so imaginative.

Reason #2. It’s Big-Picture Sci-Fi

The thing I loved the most about these books is that they are geared towards the big picture. Say, like The Foundation by Isaac Asimov. And it gets so big, spans so many years and so many lives… That it simply stuns you. I know I would never come up with a story like this. Bits and pieces planted in the first book to only be found out in the last book, with that “ahh….” moment. Liu Cixin’s story takes up solar systems, galaxies… Even universes. You must make that trip.

Reason #3. It’s SO Chinese!!!

These books are so incredibly Chinese you wouldn’t even believe it! And I mean genuine Chinese, not fake Chinese (obvs, because a REAL Chinese person wrote it?) Everything from the way they think to the way they imagine space travel and the future… Is oh so different from the way Westerners write it. And it’s such a breath of fresh air! When I read sci-fi, I want to actually read something different! And this is precisely what the series delivers.

I’m not even talking about how beautifully Chinese heritage is used in the third book, to convey hidden messages about other species through fables and tales. It’s something incredible.

So basically, read something non-American for once, okay??

Reason #4. It’s Very Smart

It’s sci-fi. And it’s hard sci-fi. If you’re not a science reader, this isn’t for you. But if you do enjoy your quantum sci-fi… This is so smart it will never let you down. At times in this series I kept thinking, does this guy have a PhD in Physics or something? He really knows what he’s selling! Even if he doesn’t know how to solve equations, he definitely knows how this stuff works, because I’ve done Physics, and I mean I’ve done HIGH university level Physics with integrals and all of that stuff. Quantum mechanics? We did it. And yet? He never sold me short. There was no suspension of disbelief. Liu Cixin just mesmerizes you with his science talk and unless you’re a Nobel Prize winner yourself, you will have no trouble believing his quantum enemy alien computers are real.

Reason #5. It’s Contemporary Sci-Fi

Okay, so sci-fi might not be such an old genre in and of itself, but hey. Most sci-fi classics you’ll hear mentioned? It’s 60s, 70s, 80s. Asimov, Bradbury, Heinlein… Maybe there’s no such thing as a dated sci-fi, but older sci-fi tends to…..

  1. Be mysogynistic… at times very much so.
  2. Be overly political
  3. Sometimes the futurology is off (…If you know what I mean..? They’ll have spaceships, but not have mobile phones..?)

That, but mostly the first two reasons, are what makes young people bored with sci-fi! The first one pushes away nearly all the females, the second one? The second one either bores you away from it, or makes you fall asleep. (Granted, there will always be people who like space politics, but.)

And this is why I liked Remembrance of Earth’s Past! It’s not mysogynistic at all. It is political, but somehow it works? I can’t quite put my finger on it, but it’s different to the space politics of the 60s. And the futurology… Oh my gosh, how I want you to see that futurology.

Finally…

These books are amazing. You must give them a chance! Book covers link to Book Depository. If you consider buying them, please save the links. Buying through them supports the blog. If you don’t buy them, get them at the library! Just give them a go.

The Three-Body Problem (Remembrance of Earth's Past #1) The Dark Forest (Remembrance of Earth's Past #2) Death's End (Remembrance of Earth's Past #3)

I’m Evelina and I try to blog about books that matter, with a bit of fun there too! Disability and equality will be topics you see a lot, but there’s also a lot of scifi, fantasy and… GIFs. I’m also the proud founder of #ARCsAnonymous.

38 thoughts on “Contemporary Sci-Fi Musts Remembrance of Earth's Past And Why You Should Know It

  1. Oh man, you’re making me want to pick this series up far sooner than I thought I would. I’ve got it on my TBR and have only heard amazing things about it, but this post alone clarifies why it should be a priority! I absolutely LOVE books that are SMART and filled with unexpected TWISTS! I also love that the author knows what he’s saying and doesn’t sell it with a lot of big words that don’t mean anything. And that point about contemporary sci-fi? Really well said and quite true! That’s definitely a plus for people who haven’t tried hard scifi yet. Fantastic post, Evelina! 🙂

    1. Actually, I am SURE you would like the series. I mean, I don’t know your tastes completely, but I’ve seen what you read and I think you would enjoy Liu Cixin a lot 🙂 plus it’s like… so non-Western! I loved that aspect the most. It’s so refreshing, you know? It’s so nice to read about a culture that’s so very different from your own, but still presented as normal (as opposed to how Westerners would write that culture to be exotic and so make it unnatural. You know what I mean.)
      Thank you! And thank you for reading 🙂

    1. That’s the thing.. These books are well known, but only in certain circles. If you normally read YA scifi, you will probably never have heard about these. They turn up more in the old-scifi-wolf circles, I guess 😀 they blasted through them like a wildfire last year and the year before though. As you can see, I can strongly recommend them 🙂 I hope you get to read them!

  2. Great review Evelina! I’ve heart of this series but it sounds too high brow for me… Ive read hard science and it can be good but I’m not really an Asimov… lets cover generations kind of sci-fi… though I am terribly fascinated that this was written by a Chinese man! Own voices for the win! Well I’m still on the fence, but your gifs were amazing! <3

    1. Well, I wouldn’t put it in the same group as Asimov (he is a bit more boring xD)… It DOES actually follow most of the same characters. It only spans generations of OTHER people 😀 but yes, if you don’t like science talk, you might not like these books. They are heavy on the science and strategies.

    1. I am glad 🙂 I hope you like it. However, I must mention it’s quite heavy on the actual science and tactics talk. So it’s nothing like, say, Illuminae or Gemina, a very different kind of scifi 🙂 (of course I loved both this series and Illuminae Files!) But I hope you read it and love it, because Liu Cixin really does write incredibly mind-blowing books 🙂

  3. Sounds like you enjoyed these a whole lot more than I did. I read Three Body, but the SF was harder than I enjoy, and while it wasn’t misogynistic in the way of 50s SF, I was still pretty disappointed by the handling of female characters. But I love getting fresh perspectives (both in contrasting reviews and in reading beyond Western SF!)

    1. Really? Depends on which one you read. The last one focuses more on female characters, and I didn’t feel like they were treated badly at all. Yeah, I won’t deny it’s hard scifi 🙂 that’s true. Lots of science, tactics and politics. But it was so different from all the hard scifi I’ve read before.

    1. I know right, I am terrible 😀 I don’t even know if you would like these.. This is a tough read if you don’t read a lot of scifi! It has a lot of science 🙂 it’s definitely hard scifi. But! If you do read some… This is the way to go 🙂 I know I loved it 😀

  4. I really don’t read enough sci-fi at all, if I think about how much I usually enjoy the genre. What makes me especially like this one though is that you mention it being so Chinese. I’ve been to China once and have decided then and there that it is my favourite country of all time. I want to go back so badly and I LOVE to read books with the Chinese feel to them. Thanks for introducing me to this series!!
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    1. You have been to China? Well then. You absolutely must hunt down this book 😀 but actually, this has the feel of the real China (you know, warts and all… Not just the exotic beauty. That’s why I like it so!) Please share your review/thoughts with me if you do read this 🙂

  5. I need to get back to reading these, but also I am mesmerised by that gif…

        1. Ah, I see 🙂 the same happened to me! The second book drags, compared to the first one, but it’s also good. But the third one is pure genius! So if you get stuck, don’t stop in the middle of the 2nd one, it gets better 🙂

    1. You’ve read it too?? Yay!!! You know what, I “sold” it to my boyfriend even!! And that’s a feat 😀 actually, I have a lot of fellow Lithuanians on Goodreads who have also read it and loved it. It was like a wave of us, with this series. It just swept through 😀 it’s so great!!

      So. Did you like Da Shi? My favorite character 😀

    1. :DDDDDD incredibly unexpected! I am baffled here!!!
      Keep in mind that it has A LOT of science talk though 🙂 if you’re easily bored by that, you might not enjoy it (although I really hope you will!)

    1. You’ve read it? I can’t seem to meet many people who have 😀 definitely read the third one soon. The first and the third ones were the best for me, and the third one was plain epic. I loved it!

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