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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.


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)

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Lashaan Balasingam
4 years ago

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… Read more »

4 years ago

This is my favorite all-time science fiction series.

4 years ago

How have I never heard of these?? I definitely need to read them!

4 years ago

These have been in my TBR forever. I’ll get there someday!

4 years ago

I’ve seen The Three Body Problem and it has been on and off my immediate wishlist for a while. I’m totally adding it to my christmas wishlist now though.

Louise @ DickensDoesBooks

You have 100% sold this to me – I can’t wait to dig into this series!

Dani @ Perspective of a Writer

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

4 years ago

I’ve added this to my wishlist as I hadn’t heard of it till now! I am excited, thank you for sharing

4 years ago

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!)

Sim @Flipping Thru the Pages

I haven’t heard of this series may be because I am not that much into sci-fi? But seriously, this post is making me add these to my TBR immediately! Damn Evelina, you always do this to me 😀

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Olivia Roach
4 years ago

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!!

Nikki @ The Bibliophibian

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

Nikki @ The Bibliophibian

I’ve read the first book and I need to get to the second, it’s just finding time!

4 years ago

Omg !! IM SO HAPPY YOUVE READ THIS SERIES !! 😀 I’ve been searching for people who read this series to fangirl with ❤️

my review of the series here : https://bookidote.com/2017/09/29/the-three-body-problem-by-liu-cixin/

Zeee @ I Heart Romance & YA

Never heard of this series before but I’m definitely checking it out!

Dragonfly @ Our Familiarium
Dragonfly @ Our Familiarium
4 years ago

wow ok so did you like these books? ;-P
Guess what I did? I did something completely unexpected and added one of your books to my TBR 🙂
I’m a wild unpredictable beast 🙂

Dragonfly @ Our Familiarium
Dragonfly @ Our Familiarium
4 years ago

4.01 average with 48,310 Ratings ???
Why did it took you so long to make me read this series??? humph!

Jacqueline @bluejaybooks

Really liked the second book in this series. Maybe I will need to get into the third one soon? 🙂

Jacqueline @bluejaybooks

Good to know 🙂

2 years ago

I finally read The three-body problem based on your recommendation and of course had to come back and say thank you, definitely a good read! Thanks!