Cixin Liu

The Dark Forest

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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, they 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.
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    Николай Зубовshared an impression2 years ago
    🔮Hidden Depths
    💡Learnt A Lot

    Not at all happy. Much worse and less convincing than the first one. Still, lots to learn about China and the way they think.

    Jonas Skovgaard Rasmussenshared an impression2 years ago
    👍Worth reading
    🔮Hidden Depths

    God, lidt tung

    larslarsen27149shared an impression3 years ago
    🔮Hidden Depths

    Imaginative space thriller. A bit lengthy but a book to recommend.


    Jennifer Kwonhas quoted3 months ago
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    Ruslan Velikyhas quoted4 months ago
    “It’s all fascinating, but what would the axioms of cosmic sociology be?”

    “First: Survival is the primary need of civilization. Second: Civilization continuously grows and expands, but the total matter in the universe remains constant.”
    Елизавета Петроваhas quoted5 months ago
    just felt astronomy was an undrillable chunk of iron. Sociology is a plank of wood, and there’s bound to be someplace thin enough to punch through

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