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Why did the droplet allow itself to be inspected?

My impression is that the Trisolarans allowed the droplet to be inspected specifically to taunt humanity. When Ding Yi and the fleet representatives discover the incredible material properties of the ...
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Why didn't the droplet kill Luo Ji in Dark Forest?

[This answer is based on books 1 & 2 - and not any information from Death's End]. TLDR: My interpretation is that the droplet was never sent to kill Luo Ji. It was sent to interfere with Earth ...
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Why did the Trisolarans announce their one weakness?

The Trisolarans were too unsophisticated, and the ETO didn't know the context It's explained early in the Dark Forest that the Trisolarans communicate using a form of telepathy, hence their minds are ...
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What American film was mentioned in Cixin Liu's "The Dark Forest"?

This could be Saw III, an American blockbuster released in 2006. The relevant part of the Wikipedia plot summary: Dr. Lynn Denlon is abducted from the hospital where she works, and brought to the ...
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Did Luo Ji know Yang Dong?

I had forgotten the circumstances of their meeting, and answered the question incorrectly the first time around. Lou Ji knew Yang Dong from highschool. The first being stood up to welcome her. "...
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Why is a wallbreaker's success implied to be "final"?

Conjecture based on the narrative, as I don't think there's a clear statement in the novels. The plans are generally expensive, and certainly involve putting huge resources in the hands of the ...
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How did Ding Yi and the Lieutenant Colonel know what was going to happen?

I don't think the thought process is explicit in the novels. They had deduced that the droplet was made of strong interaction material: The droplet wasn’t fragile like a tear. Entirely the opposite:...
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Why did the Trisolarans share information with humans during the Deterrence Era?

Two reasons suggested: Mutually assured destruction - Earth knew that the Trisolarans had those technologies, and sharing them was a term for not transmitting co-ordinates into the 'dark forest'. Of ...
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Why didn't the droplet kill Luo Ji in Dark Forest?

Hubris From the end of Dark Forest (spoiler alert): Note: I've also only just started reading Death's End.
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What is the meaning of "the mouthpiece of certain power"?

On page 241 (ten pages and four in-universe years after the quoted bit), there is some discussion of God: "... Still, so what if God exists? What's he got to do with what's right in front of us?&...
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Why did Ye Wenjie give Luo Ji the axioms of cosmic sociology?

Ye Wenjie regretted inviting the Trisolarans to invade Earth, but that is almost beside the point. If she never revealed the axioms of Dark Forest theory, then it might not be developed at all. She ...
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How is this fission-drive supposed to work?

This is a very old idea. From the Wikipedia article on the NERVA project: Nuclear rocket engines use a nuclear reactor to provide the energy to heat the fuel instead of a chemical reaction. Because ...
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