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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 impression5 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 impression5 years ago
    👍Worth reading
    🔮Hidden Depths

    God, lidt tung

  • larslarsen27149shared an impression6 years ago
    🔮Hidden Depths

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


  • Dannihas quoted3 years ago
    Darkness. Before the darkness there was nothing but nothingness, and the nothingness was without color. Nothing was in the nothingness. Darkness at least meant that there was space.
  • Constanza Marambiohas quotedlast year
    “What do you think I should think about now?”
    “In my experience, any thinking is liable to go off the rails. You should just go to sleep
  • Marhas quoted2 years ago
    to inquire after Say’s mother and the UN’s mother, to inquire after the mothers of all of the delegates at the special session and on the PDC, to inquire after the mothers of the entire human race, and finally to inquire after the nonexistent mothers of the Trisolarans.

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