The Redemption of Time: A Three-Body Problem Novel
Set in the universe of the New York Times bestselling Three-Body Problem trilogy, The Redemption of Time continues Cixin Liu’s multi-award-winning science fiction saga. This original story by Baoshu—published with Liu’s support—envisions the aftermath of the conflict between humanity and the extraterrestrial Trisolarans.
In the midst of an interstellar war, Yun Tianming...more
This is a fan fiction continuation of Cixin Liu's trilogy, Remembrance of Earth's Past, which includes the books: The Three-Body Problem; The Dark Forest; and Death's End.
The book can be read as a standalone, but will make more sense to people familiar with the original stories.
In his prolog to this novel, the author Baoshu explains that he was one of many Chinese science fiction fans who ardently read and discussed Cixin Liu's trilogy. When Liu wrapped up his saga, many devotees were ...more
And then, the publication day arrived. Few pages in and I almost started crying of disappointment. I’m sorry to say but the dialogue / interaction between Tianming and 艾 AA is one of the worst out there. However, I kept reading because something must be there. And damn, to my ...more
I didn't expect to pick up Baoshu's fan-fiction-turned-canon paraquel to Cixin Liu's excellent Three-Body Problem trilogy until I came upon it at the bookstore. It was a snap decision, and one I'm actually quite sorry I made.
I don't inherently dislike the idea of fan fiction being turned into author-approved published material, but this amplifies some of the weaker aspects of the original trilogy and also muddies up some of my favourite parts of the last instalment. We follow ...more
“The average person used only a small part of their brain, and the cruel Trisolarans unintentionall forced Tianming to realize more and more of his mind’s infinite potential. Despite repeated all-out assaults in this epic of pschomania, the technologically far superior Trisolarans failed to breach the fortress Tianming had constructed in his mind, and had to admit defeat.”
The Redemption of Time by Baoshu is a paraquel within ...more
However, it doubles down on the worst aspect of the other books: blatant and infuriating sexism. The female characters are either backdrop for the protagonist, which is the ultimate "Gary Sue", or they make stupid mistakes because of "feelings". The creatures of a billions year old civilization are separated into ...more
Well, it's no more and no less than it says it is, so let's not be harsh. It's an achievement to write even a reasonably credible work in someone else's universe, and to extend the concepts is a worthwhile exercise. Is it done well? Not really. Would that perhaps be expecting too much? I think so.
I'll give credit for the effort involved in doing a huge "What IF THIS is how it went?" that fills in gaps in ...more
In the other hand, the book leaves the usual SF and Physics approach and plays more with an Ultra Hyper Dimensional Universe of things (some people are ...more
This is the epic followup you have been waiting for!
Some stories just need to continue. And A Three Body Problem is one of them. This follow up novel truly places itself as a grand epic, in the true sense of the word!
The writing is not quite as smooth as in the original, but it is well done. And the storyline becomes truly universal, so it expands very well!
This book helps to explain the over-all arching plot that some grand cosmic war is actually playing out in the ...more
hold on, am I reviewing the right book?
Writing a continuation to another's series, and doing it well, is complicated. The result can be insubstantial ...more
In Cixin Liu's fantastic "Remembrance of Earth's Past" Trilogy we learned that sentient beings throughout the universe share one primary belief called the "Dark Forest ...more
I'm usually not a big fan of Science Fiction, because the stuff people have is too 'fantastic' and authors try to come up with bullshit physical laws to explain their creations. While this happens in this universe (looking at you, sophons etc.), I don't think it's as prevalent as in other works of this genre.
I really enjoyed the trilogy - the books are extremely well written, debate a lot of interesting scenarios and keep the readers ...more
I loved the Three-Body Problem trilogy (and still recommend it to anyone who will listen), but did I love it enough to read fan-fiction? Well, it helped that Cixin Liu, himself, endorsed it, so I took a chance...
The story is a fun "behind the scenes" look at Yun Tianming and his role in the destruction of the universe. The story is far beyond what the original series was about, but it offers the reasons behind why so many things happened. We get a whole other story and ...more
The story picks up shortly after the conclusion of ‘Death’s End’ and focuses on Yun Tianming, his relationship with the Trisolarans and the origins of the ‘Dark Forest’. It is an interesting enough plot, although ...more
The original trilogy stands as my favorite reading experience to date (I even have a tattoo for it), and I didn't expect this continuation to match it. Baoshu has some great ideas, mainly the whole concept of dimension collapses/rebuilds as the stage for an epic rivalry. For a moment it was fun to dive back into the world of the Remembrance Of Earth's Past trilogy, especially learning more ...more
The first section is fine but inessential. It involves a long conversation between two characters that fills in blanks that didn't really need filling in. It's not bad retconning but we don't need it.
The second section would have been more interesting as a standalone not in this world. That's because it lays out totally new stakes that detract from the source material but are potentially interesting.
The third ...more