Questions tagged [remembrance-of-earths-past]

For questions about the science fiction series "Remembrance of Earth's Past" by the Chinese author Cixin Liu. Add a tag for the specific book in the trilogy when needed, i.e. [the-three-body-problem], [the-dark-forest] or [deaths-end].

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How did Ding Yi and the Lieutenant Colonel know what was going to happen?

All they had deduced is that: Did they simply mentally exhaust the other potential reasons for its behaviour?
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Why does 4D navigation work like this?

At one point in Cixin Liu's novel "Death's End", humans enter a bubble of four-dimensional space. The author explains that, as their equipment is only designed for three dimensions, they are always ...
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Why is a wallbreaker's success implied to be “final”?

In Cixin Liu's Trisolaris novel trilogy, in particular in the second book "The Dark Forest", a small number of humans acts as so-called "wallfacers". They are supposed to devise a (hopefully) failsafe ...
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What American film was mentioned in Cixin Liu's “The Dark Forest”?

In The Dark Forest, p. 298, Cixin Liu's character, Rey Diaz, described a dead man's switch. Rey Diaz brought down his left hand and covered the cradle with his sleeve. "I was taught this wonderful ...
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What is the “three and three hundred thousand syndrome”?

I am reading Death's End, the third book of the Remembrance of Earth's Past trilogy, and I have come upon this concept again, but I have since forgotten its meaning (I am reading things in a very ...
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What does “Death's End” refer to?

In the book "Death's End" there certainly are a LOT of endings to things (the story, the solar system, certain people's lives, etc.) but death isn't specifically one of them. So what is the title ...
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Significance of characters names?

Although the books of the Remembrance of Earth's Past trilogy were brilliantly translated into English, of course the Chinese (and presumably other) names of the characters seemed to be unmodified. ...
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Why did the Trisolarans share information with humans during the Deterrence Era?

They shared, at least, the science behind gravitational wave transmission and neutrino communications. Possibly other things. It is not clear to me what their motivation for this was. Although for ...
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What was the chronology & dates of the various eras of human history?

What is the chronology & dates of the various eras of human history from the start of the first Trisolaran contact? e.g., "crisis era", etc. As far as I am aware these gradually emerge ...
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Why did the droplet allow itself to be inspected?

In The Dark Forest (second part of the Remembrance of Earth's Past series), the Trisolaran 'droplet' probe was briefly examined by humans before it began its systematic and devastating attack on their ...
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In the novel The Three-Body Problem, does the Sun's amplification of radio transmissions have a scientific basis?

Per Wikipedia [...] However, she is rescued at the last minute by Yang Weining and Lei Zhicheng, two military physicists working under Red Coast (a Chinese initiative for alien communication ...
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Why didn't the droplet kill Luo Ji in Dark Forest?

I just finished reading The Dark Forest, second part of the Remembrance of Earth's Past trilogy. My question is, (spoiler alert): It seems like it could have done away with him once and for all. A ...
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What are the light and short membranes in Death's End?

In Death's End, the waves being transmitted for communication are classified as medium, long, light and short. Picking up coordinates was the job of the main core, which swallowed all the messages ...
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How much is a “grain of time” in Death's End?

In Cixin Liu's novel Death's End, an alien creature that goes by the name Singer measures time in "grains of sand". How much is this unit in human time?
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What is the significance of the V-suit?

The 3body online game is accessed exclusively through so-called V-suits: a made-up term for a made-up VR system comprised of a HMD and a halptic feedback full-body suit. The law of conservation of ...
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In The Three Body Problem, why didn't they simply do this to solve their problem?

At the end of The Three Body Problem, we discover that the Trisolarans are able to 2-dimensionalize a proton and make it into a computer called a sophon. The 2-dimensional sophon stretches across the ...
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Where did the term “sophont” originate?

I recently finished Ken Liu's phenomenal English translation of Liu Cixin's The Three-Body Problem, and the term "sophon" to describe an AI constructed out of a sub-atomic particle reminded me of the ...
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What is the Charles Miser research that the end space from Death's End based on?

Toward the end of the last book of the Remembrance of Earth's Past series, Death's End, there is (spoiler): The cosmologist in that part recognizes the cubic space through the research of Charles ...
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Did Luo Ji know Yang Dong?

In The Dark Forest, Ye Wenjie passes along the "axioms of cosmic sociology" to Luo Ji while visiting Yang Dong's grave. Why was Luo Ji at Yang Dong's grave? Did they know each other?