The Three-Body Problem sounds like a perfect name for a murder mystery. It’s such a truly great name for that genre of book that if the novel itself wasn’t wonderful I would have felt disappointed it didn’t live up to such a great title. But it does. The Three-Body Problem is great Science Fiction.
The Three-Body Problem is what I call “stealth Science Fiction”. It begins in a cultural revolution, and the opening could almost be that of a literary novel about China in a time of great upheaval. It doesn’t begin as a typical Science Fiction novel but draws you in and then – just as you’re starting to wonder if it really is Sci-Fi – the story slams into full SF mode and charges onward. And it’s a great story, a unique tale with a fresh, unpredictable plot, and striking characters.
The novel won the 2015 Hugo Award.