Hayward: ‘Three Body Problem’ Has Something to Annoy Everyone, From Communists to Climate Cultists

Hayward: ‘Three Body Problem’ Has Something to Annoy Everyone, From Communists to Climate Cultists


Chinese author Liu Cixin’s monumental science fiction book The Three Body Problem, which has now been adapted into a Netflix series under the punchier title 3 Body Problem, has a little something to annoy just about everyone – from climate change activists to skeptics, Chinese Communists to anti-communists, nationalists to open-borders fanatics. It is a big story with big ideas, and like most great works of fiction, not even the author can fully control how its events are interpreted. 

Liu should be applauded for having the intellectual honesty to insert both ideas he might personally favor, and contrary or skeptical notions, into his massive tale. The Three Body Problem and its Netflix adaptation are only the beginning of a trilogy, continued in The Dark Forest

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