Translated by Joel Martinsen. The original novel was published in 2008.
The second book of a tour de force near-future adventure from China's best-selling and most beloved science fiction writer
With the scope of Dune and the rousing action of Independence Day, this near-future trilogy is the first chance for English-speaking readers to experience this multple-award-winning phenemonenon from China’s most beloved science fiction author.
In the second book in the series, Earth is reeling from the revelation of a coming alien invasion - in just four centuries' time. The aliens' human collaborators may have been defeated, but the presence of the sophons, the subatomic particles that allow Trisolaris instant access to all human information, means that Earth's defense plans are totally exposed to the enemy. Only the human mind remains a secret. This is the motication for the Wallfacer Project, a daring plan that grants four men enormous resources to design secret strategies hidden through deceit and misdirection from Earth and Trisolaris alike. Three of the Wallfacers are influential statesmen and scientists, but the fourth is a total unknown. LuoJi, an unambitious Chinese astronomer and sociologist, is baffled by his new status. All he knows is that he's the one Wallfacer that Trisolaris wants dead.
Liu Cixin (born 1963) is a best-selling and award-winning science fiction writer based in the People's Republic of China. Liu is a nine-time winner of the Galaxy Award (China's most prestigious literary science fiction award) and a winner of the Nebula Award. Liu's work is considered hard science fiction.
Liu received technical training from North China University of Water Conservancy and Electric Power. He has worked as a computer engineer for a power plant located in a remote village in Shanxi province.
Liu's most famous work, The Three-Body Problem, was published in 2007. It was translated into English by Ken Liu and published by Tor Books in November 2014, and won the 2015 Hugo Award for Best Novel. He was the first Asian writer to win "Best Novel".