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Dis-Orienting PlanetsRacial Representations of Asia in Science Fiction$
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Isiah Lavender III

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9781496811523

Published to University Press of Mississippi: May 2019

DOI: 10.14325/mississippi/9781496811523.001.0001

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Many Paths, One Journey

Many Paths, One Journey

Cixin Liu’s Three Body Problem Novels

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(p.160) Many Paths, One Journey
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Dis-Orienting Planets
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Bradford Lyau

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University Press of Mississippi
DOI:10.14325/mississippi/9781496811523.003.0012

Bradford Lyau, in “Many Paths, One Journey: Cixin Liu’s Three Body Problem Novels,” carefully places Cixin Liu’s Three Body trilogy within both Chinese and Western literary traditions before offering a brief critical analysis of the first two books, where humanity struggles against an impending alien invasion and how humanity also faces its destiny. These two resonances with Western literature, both popular and elite, invite the reader to consider Liu’s novel’s different literary roots: 1) American genre science fiction, 2) the philosophical tale as it emerged in the West, 3) the role of philosophy in Chinese literature, and 4) Chinese science fiction.

Keywords:   Chinese SF, Cixin Liu, Aliens, Extrapolation, Philosophy

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