Questions tagged [the-three-body-problem]

For questions about "The Three-Body Problem", a sci-fi novel by Chinese writer Liu CiXin. The first novel of the "Remembrance of Earth's Past" trilogy. Always use in conjunction with [remembrance-of-earths-past].

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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 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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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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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 ...