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The Redemption of Time: A Three-Body Problem Novel

3.60  ·  Rating details ·  702 ratings  ·  115 reviews

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

Kindle Edition, 272 pages
Published July 16th 2019 by Tor Books
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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
Remembrance of Earth's Past trilogy is my favorite sci-fi work. Since I read it, I kept looking for another to match it but so far, I had no luck. Obviously, when I heard about this ‘paraquel’, my excitement skyrocketed.

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
Michael Finocchiaro
For those that have not read the entire Three Body Problem trilogy by Cixin Liu, The Redemption of Time will make little sense as its story and its characters all derive from the trilogy. That being said, fans of 3BP will be happy to hang with one of their favorite characters thru this particularly interesting and speculative adventure where the enjeu is the fate of all the mini-verses and universes combined. Baoshu has a distinct voice different than that of Cixin Liu and, IMHO, is a slightly ...more
Matthew Quann
Aug 18, 2019 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sci-fi, worldly
The No-Body Problem

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
Christine Sandquist (eriophora)
This review and others can be found on my blog, Black Forest Basilisks.

“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
Aug 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: translation
I was thrilled to be diving into this novel, as you probably know the original books are some of my absolute favorites, but I was still surprised how much this novel recaptured for me the feelings of reading its predecessors. This novel extends past the conclusion of Death’s End, while also filling in backstory for its key characters that would have taken place during the earlier books. Baoshu’s writing maintains Liu’s style, and I delighted in the walls of dialogue, and the wild unimaginable ...more
Aug 14, 2019 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Like the Three Body Problem trilogy, this is full of interesting ideas. The first part of the book fills some of the blanks in the trilogy, while the rest is a sequel of sorts.

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
Sam Roth
Jul 31, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sci-fi
Amazing piece of fan fiction, no wonder it was canonized! I’ve heard others say this can be read as a stand-alone from the original Three Body trilogy. I very much disagree - the background is almost completely necessary to really enjoy this work. Additionally The Three Body Problem is one of the most unique and well done contemporary sci-fi stories of our time so why wouldn’t you start at the beginning!
Lex Poot
The book started out well. The story fills out some of the loose threads. Alas after about 120 pages we got lost in a dimensional time warp with characters like the Master and the Lurker. Baoshu is trying to explain too much. Sometimes it is better to leave things unsaid.
Michael Tremmel
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Ryan Lackey
Aug 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Fan fiction in the Three Body Problem universe. Not quite as good as the three original novels, but being the 4th best work of science fiction is still good. (Maybe it isn't the 4th best, but it's still excellent, and part of a series I'd definitely consider top-10 overall.) Exceptionally, it managed to both extend the original in very small plot lines and in overall feel, while going in some new directions.
Jul 15, 2019 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Liu Cixin has the big ideas, but is a disastrously bad writer. Baoshu -- somehow -- is even worse. This is a hilariously stupid book. Also, once again insipid Cheng Xin has one job, and blows it. What with the Japanese porn star avatar, there's a nasty vein of misogyny running through this as well.
This book kind of felt like a nicely-framed compendium of cool fan theories. They are, indeed, cool and fill in all kinds of gaps in ingenious ways - it was pretty neat to hear more about the Singer's civilization, for instance, and the description of Tianming's time with the Trisolarans and the influence he had on their culture evoked some of my favorite parts of the original trilogy. But ultimately, I feel like the author tries to explain and connect the pieces a little too much, and it turns ...more
Tim Hicks
Don't even think of reading this unless you read and enjoyed the Three-Body Problem series.

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
This is a Three-Body Problem Paraquel that adds some interesting ideas and reveals a few things to understand a bit more about Yun Tianming and everything that happened during-after Death's End. Here we also confirm how a useless character Cheng Xin is. If you disliked her in Death's End, this book in one page will increase that feeling.
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
Jamie Rich
Aug 19, 2019 rated it really liked it
The Redemption of Time: A Three-Body Problem Novel (Kindle Edition) by Baoshu

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!
Kris Sellgren
Aug 09, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: reviewed
Baoshu has written a sort of sequel to the Three-Body Problem science fiction trilogy by Cixin Liu. It began life as fan fiction, but other fans enjoyed it enough that it was published with Cixin Liu’s permission. This novel continues the story after the end of Death’s End with some of the same characters. I quite enjoyed this. It is not the equal of The Three Body Problem, in either characterization or imaginative plotting, but it is faithful to its spirit and adds new, fascinating elements. ...more
Aug 05, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was a very surprising and enjoyable offshoot from the Three-Body Problem series by Cixin Lui written by a fellow Chinese sci-fi author. It is a collection of three stories that help to fill in the gaps of some of the larger unexplained mysteries in the books which is one reason why I loved it. No one loves that nagging itch of 'what if' or 'how come' or just plain 'why'.

This book helps to explain the over-all arching plot that some grand cosmic war is actually playing out in the
Vagabond of Letters
Jul 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: dont-own

Absolutely amazing, if not theologically orthodox.
Sep 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audio
I'm amazed how much the new author was able to weave the story into the existing books. It felt just like reading more of the series, in a really good way.
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Wick Welker
Aug 18, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a pretty excellent extension of the Three Body Problem trilogy. It helps flesh out the original trilogy while also advancing the story. As a huge fan of the books, I found the extra details and explanations very satisfying, albeit over story telling that was a little dry. The prose is not particularly good and the author's ideas about romance are very idealized and frankly, a little naive. The female characters are also not particularly well done Otherwise, this short read is worth your ...more
Jun 02, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
In this rollocking licensed Doctor Who adventure, the Doctor and his new companion, an Ottoman-era courtesan named Helena, travel through space (and time!) in their self-contained boxed universe in order to help The Master prevent dimensional space from being converted into time and set the universe back to rights, whatever form that might take.

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
Ryan Stanton
Sep 05, 2019 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
As the title indicates, this fan-fiction turned interquel is very concerned with time. More specifically, it focuses on the potential cyclical nature. Perhaps more surprisingly, there is also a recurring musing on stories themselves. The author, Baoshu, is very aware that this is a supplement to the masterful trilogy preceding it and notes both in the introduction that this can be taken or left as canon. It need not be thought of as part of the trilogy, but is there for those who want more.

Dec 29, 2019 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction-science
Baoshu's The Redemption of Time (2019) picks up where Cixin Liu's fantastic "Remembrance of Earth's Past" Trilogy stops. This has been approved by Cixin Liu as the fourth in the series, but I fear that time spent reading this can't be redeemed. It is a convoluted mish-mash that stuns the brain into slow motion.

The Backstory

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
Jan 17, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This review will also cover the trilogy written by Cixin Liu.
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
Andy Coleman

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
Sep 29, 2019 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
The ‘Remembrance of Earth’s Past’ trilogy is one of my favourite Chinese sci-fi series, and I had been highly anticipating this sort-of sequel written by Baoshu (who I had previously encountered via Ken Liu’s edited short story collections), having received permission from Cixin Liu.

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
Brian Bakker
A solid attempt for a fan-fiction...dubious choice to publish it as an actual author-endorsed addition.

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
Aug 22, 2019 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
A good argument for why fan fiction lives on the internet and isn't published.

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.

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