Amazing Science Fiction: Three Body Trilogy Got One Epic Godlike Ending

When you thought the story could not get any grander, the mind-bended ending changes all of this sort of thinking.  Spoiler alert!  As Cheng Xin just finished traveling over 200 plus light years of distance in space and arrived near her star — the one that her supposed to be secret admirer in the common era had given her through his purchase of the star from the United Nations’ crowdsource funding project — she got the news that this very man is waiting for her in this remote area of the universe.  When he was about to say hello to her through a communication device, the whole shuttle that she was in suddenly got trapped in the speed of light, thus the timeline got distorted for her and the friend that she was with on the shuttle.

It’s really heartbroken to see Cheng Xin who traveled 200 plus light years distance to not be able to meet her secret admirer.  After all, he’d given her a star with two planets, and fate had that they were never meant to be together.  Or not?  The epic ending is so opened that I think Cixin Liu could have written a few thousand more sequels and won’t be able to finish the story!  I have to say, Three Body trilogy is one of the best science fiction story I’ve listened to through Audible audio program to date.  Obviously, I could have also said one of the best science fiction story I’ve read to date, but it would be insincere since I did not read this trilogy.  All the same, if I’d read instead of listening to this trilogy, it would still be one of the best science fiction story I’ve ever encountered so far.

Death’s End is the last book in the Three Body trilogy, and Cixin Liu did not hold back when he’d written this book.  Everything is so grand that I think the author himself probably had traveled to the future and back again just so he could finish up his trilogy.  I already thought he must have done something like this in his second book of the Three Body trilogy, but this last book tells me the man isn’t human.  Basically, the hardcore science fiction details are vividly described and the characters within are being weaved into one indescribable huge undertaking in which I think even God would agree with me that it’s indeed rather grand beyond description.

I like how the very last moment, Sophon said that as long Cheng Xin is with her, nothing bad would happen to Cheng Xin.  Meanwhile Sophon was no longer wearing her Kimono but she was wearing a camouflage with Katanas on her back.  Basically, she is one super sexy, smart, humanoid-like robot who (not it) is probably smarter than the human counterparts but deadly as hell with the Japanese swords that attaches to her back.  A ninja Sophon is, and it’s not so reassuring to see she’s in her killer mode.  After all, Sophon was the killer machine in the time in which the Trisolarans instructed her to kill the stubborn humans who did not want to migrate to Australia as Australia was the only reservation for humans in the time in which Trisolarans invaded earth’s solar system.  She used her Katanas to slice those humans into pieces without any reservation.  This very same copy of Sophon told Cheng Xin to feel safe because Cheng Xin is now her master of a sort.

After an eon of time had passed and yet here we see two little humans with one Trisolaran robot existed in one amazingly opened ending.  I have to say the epic ending is rather perfect.  After finished listening to the audio of Death’s End, I could not forget the ending and so here I’m writing about it in this blog post.  After the ending of the audio is long gone from my auditory sensory, I could still imagine Cheng Xin and her friends are having discovered something new — but rather dark and evil and scary — somewhere in the universes.  Not one but in multiple universes.  The ending of Death’s End isn’t capable of being humble as its godlike nature could not allow such a thing to be whispered aloud.  Simply put, if you love science fiction and haven’t yet read or listened to Three Body trilogy, you probably have missed one epic godlike ending!

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Cities of the Future Could Be in Space, And These Won’t Look Like Any Real Estate We Know Today

The concept of real estate is largely depending on how we are glued to earth!  What will it be if in the future we could forgo the glue of earth altogether and build a city in space?  The space elevator is a concept that is in science fiction realm, and today we don’t have anything like this yet.  Nonetheless, this space elevator concept could become true if we got the right materials and plan to make it a reality.  Once humans travel through space easily as if how one would take a bus or a train on earth, then the idea of living in space becomes rather mundane.

We humans always think that we need another planet out there to be a second earth, but what if the cost of building a city in space in a modular fashion in a sense that space elevator concept could expand into a space highway and such — wouldn’t this be more doable and cheaper and time-saving than trying to find a second earth?  So I would imagine that a highway system in space would function similar to space elevator but the system itself would be more expansive.  After all, a space elevator could be a quick fix for a short distance from one point in space to another point in space.  Perhaps, space highway is like a bigger, more durable space elevator, and the spaceships that travel through this space highway system won’t need to use a self-powered propulsion system to traverse quickly from one point in space to another point in space.  Wouldn’t this be fuel efficient?

Of course, we could argue that space highway is kind of stupid if spaceships could just fly freely in space without needing to stick to an asphalt.  Nonetheless, space highway could function as fuel saving mechanism/system and much more.  Spiritually, space highway could function as a system that turns the idea of space city into a real community/city.  Imagine how much more expensive to build a small earth in space, and so it’s not wise to do so.  Instead, each spaceship could act like a car, home, restaurant, and so on.  The space highway then acts as a highway system that connects the necessary points in space to form a loose space city system.  From this highway, a home in space could fly from one point to another without needing to use any fuel unless the home is going to fly off the space highway system.

I think a concept of loose space city system — if it’s a reality — could turn the idea of owning a piece of real estate upside down.  After all, everything would be floating in space and won’t stay put.  Furthermore, even the highway itself could be floating continuously, albeit that it would stay in the same large vicinity in space.  Once people actually live in such a space city, people won’t be able to differentiate a house from a car, a car from a restaurant, and so forth.  After all, humans in space would be in a spaceship most of the time.  So, humans in space would think their spaceship as either a home, a car in a space highway system, a business location, a restaurant to invite other humans to come to dine and so forth.

In summary, I think when people begin to think a city in space in a loose space city system, the real estate concept would be completely different than the one that we use for cities on a planet.  Of course, humans don’t have to stick to only one type of space city.  After all, we could find a second earth and create even more cities from far away in space.  In my opinion, a loose space city system could be the extra real estate for a closeby planet.  For an example, let’s say earth would run out of space and people could create extra space real estate by creating a loose space city system just right outside of earth.

Although Dark Forest Is A Science Fiction Theory In Three Body, Can It Be A Real Warning To Humans In Reality?

In this blog post, I will discuss a lot of things that make up the side plots for Three Body series.  Thus, this blog post could be a spoiler for many people who want to but have not yet read the books in Three Body series.  I suggest you ignore this blog post if you want to spend time in reading Three Body trilogy.

The Dark Forest theory in Three Body is quite interesting!  Although as now, the Dark Forest theory is only a figment of science fiction creativity, thanks to Three Body I think the fictional theory does have a real bite in reality if humans do go far into space in the future.  After all, we have to wonder how it would be like for us primitive humans to have made contact with one or more advanced alien civilizations in space, right?

Us humans have so far been very lucky as we have only ourselves to blame for grand scale acts of violence.  Before modern history, we had genocide activities such as a ruler wiped out the entire city, taking no prisoners, just to send a message to the enemy so a strategic objective could be met.  Genghis Khan is a perfect example of this.  In the 20th century, we witnessed the WWI and WWII wars, and these wars told us that great human casualties were not just the figments of the imagination but these were real!  Furthermore, humans are now capable of destroying ourselves many times over with nuclear weapons.  So, in a sense, us humans will have to blame ourselves if we destroy ourselves by the weapons that we had created!

In Three Body trilogy, the Trisolarans comes from a star system that got three suns.  These three suns move in a complex dance that gives rise to unpredictable cycles of stable and non-stable eras.  In a stable era, the condition of the Trisolaran planet would be favorable for the Trisolarans to exist such as normal weather patterns.  In an unstable era, depending on the dance of the suns, the condition could be the outcome of extreme cold to undescribable heat.  When three suns appear on the horizon at the same time, liquid magma could envelop the surface of the planet, thus destroying life in the process.  In extreme cold period, many things have to go into hibernation state as water would freeze and not many things could survive in extreme cold condition.  The Trisolarans are not so lucky as earthlings since they do not experience near constant stable era.

The Trisolarans have experienced the collapses of civilizations over and over again, thus their advancements might be the products of relearned achievements.  In fact, the Trisolarans could have advanced a lot more if their progress weren’t hampered or destroyed by the collapses of their civilizations.  In short, the Trisolarans would find a nirvana on earth!  When earth naively sent out a sun amplification signal with the intention of making contact with the unknown alien civilization, it was when the Trisolarans knew what they had to do for their survival.  The Trisolarans came up with a plan to conquer the solar system that harbors earth and everything within it.  Thus, the greatest struggle for humanity began since the contact.

The nature of Trisolarans’ openness in the announcement of their mission to conquer earth’s solar system — as if earthlings are merely bugs — via various interactions and events sparked wild reactions among earthlings.  Humans began to group up in factions, and each faction got different outlook to what would be happening when the Trisolarans offensive battleship fleet would arrive here on earth.  Perhaps, once they arrive they would exile the earthlings to nearby hostile planets.  Perhaps, once they arrive they would kill off all earthlings.  Perhaps, perhaps!  Whatever the perhaps, humanity as you know it got an expiration date to be met, and it would take 400 years or so for the Trisolarans attack fleet to arrive here on earth.

Although the humans tasted the Dark Forest theory in plain sight, they did not even understand or get the whiff of the Dark Forest theory yet.  How come?  Naive humans did not think about destroying the Trisolarans because they didn’t have the capability or the values to do such thing.  Earthlings got a record of developing systems such as a democracy and whatnot, and so some of the earthling values are more about coexisting.  The humans could not understand why things couldn’t be shared among aliens.  Perhaps the humans are lucky and have not experienced any unstable era like the Trisolarans have had, and so the humans could not invest too much into the idea of being alone is heaven.  The Trisolarans, on the other hand, knew that heaven is rare and when one finds it one needs to own it.  Heaven could not be shared when one alien civilization is vastly different from another!  The trust between two different alien civilizations is so slim that the effort in creating a sharing space would be a gargantuan effort.  Perhaps, it would be too naive to even think the other would not go out of their way to destroy one’s own civilization.  It’s a dark forest out there!

When it comes down to the survival of a whole species, do we take a chance with being naive and believe that another alien civilization would be kind to our species?  The Dark Forest theory, although is now just a work of imagination in a science fiction, Three Body trilogy, begs us, humans, to think twice before making any contact with an alien species in space!  In Three Body trilogy, alien civilizations may be so advanced that destroying a whole solar system is feasible.

Another cool thing about Three Body trilogy is that it touches on dimensional spatial.  According to Three Body, in a four-dimensional spatial, one could travel faster and see all aspects of the inner structure of a three dimensional spatial.  Let’s say a sealed box that encapsulates an apple in a three dimensional spatial would reveal both the box and the apple in a four-dimensional spatial.  Thus, the beings inside a four-dimensional spatial could be more advanced than anything that exists inside a three-dimensional spatial.  The discovery of a four-dimensional spatial allowed the Blue Space spaceship, earthing’s technology, with the capability to destroy the Trisolarans’ probes known as the Droplets.  On the escaping route since the Doomsday battle that had the Droplets destroyed the massive earthling spaceship fleet, Blue Space encountered the four-dimensional spatial space that allowed it to discover the capability of destroying the pursuing Droplet probes.

In summary, I think science fiction works like Liu Cixin’s Three Body trilogy could provoke the human imagination that could be rather useful in the future if the future indeed encounters such out of this world scenarios.  For an example, the Dark Forest theory suggests that earth is rather lucky and isn’t yet being discovered by another intelligent alien species.  The unknowns would be provoked if earthling does indeed encounter another alien species!  The Dark Forest theory could also hint that alien species could be plenty once upon a time, but you would never know how crowded the universe once was.  Different alien civilizations could advance at different times in space, and the Dark Forest theory could be realized by each alien civilization at a different time.  This variant of Dark Forest realization allows the Darwin theory to be at work on a scale of the universe!  Sometimes we don’t have to look at the universe to see why bigger fish eats smaller fish and humans step on bugs because here on earth we see it all!  The dimensional spatial touch in Three Body is quite intriguing because I do imagine that humans — in reality — may rely on the experiences of jumping out of our native three-dimensional spatial to achieve time and warp speed travel!

Science Fiction Time: Marrying Matrix and Three Body To Let Humans Live Forever!

Science fiction captures us in a state of dreams because it’s something we want but cannot get.  So instead of giving up all hopes, we want to imagine up the possibilities even though some science fiction kinds of stuff would be forever suspended in our imagination.  We also like to dream up many far-fetched scenarios that may or may not be possible in the near future when we would be long gone.  It’s for the future generation we hope because we dream about it now.

With such a spirit, let me steal some ideas from the Matrix and some ideas from Three Body series so I could marry these ideas up to form something really out of this world.  If you have watched the Matrix series, you know that in this world it’s possible for humans to quickly digest digital information directly from machine to the brain as a brain got a connection which can siphon learned digital materials from machines.  If you have read or listened to books in Three Body series, you know that hibernation is a thing!  So why don’t we marry the Matrix’s brain-machine connection with hibernation?

Imagine this, you may want to upload a copy of your brain into a machine or a robot, and allow this robot to live as you in the real world while you hibernate away.  Let’s say you automate your hibernate chamber to wake you up every 100 years so you could come out and play and get some sunshine before you go back to your centennial sleep.  When you wake up, the new era would be way smarter and more advanced than you, and so you would allow the robot that had lived for 100 years in your place to upload the experience of 100 years into your brain so you could catch up with the time in seconds and minutes.

Furthermore, you could direct your robo-self to invest and make money while you’re hibernating away.  This way, when you wake up 100 years later you could be wealthier.  Of course, if your robo-self got a buggy program, you could be poorer instead.  It’s a jungle out there while you’re sleeping into the future, and so I guess you could never expect to be 100% sure that you could be a billionaire when you wake up right?  Regardless, at least you know you could be a lot smarter when you wake up since you could learn all the mistakes and successes from the experiences that the robot uploads to your brain.

Let’s say you only want to play in the sun for 10 days each time you wake up, and the math could continue on to let you sleep and wake, play and then sleep again — almost as if forever young into the future.  Each time you wake up you only waste 10 days of your life, but the future medical care is so advanced that you would be 100% free from diseases.  Well, unless the future is going to regress into a new dark age, you would probably be fine!  So, you would set your sleeping chamber to wake you up whenever a new century arrives so you could come out to play in the sun and absorb all the experiences from the robot.  Oh, your robot probably upgrades itself as time progresses, and so you don’t have to upgrade your robot when you’re awake!

You get the idea, this setup could let you live for a very long time into the future.  If such things ever escape science-fiction and come to play in reality realm, we could say humans almost achieve immortality.  Humans could then wake up from a dream each time to witness a newer century.  Perhaps, the earth itself would cease to be hospitable and the sun would cease to shine and yet humans could still sleeping away in a coffin just to be woken up in a newer century!

The Author Cixin Liu Did It Again, An Astounding Sequel To The First Book — The Dark Forest Is Definitely Carrying A Truly Dark, Warning Message For Humanity

About 95% done with listening to The Dark Forest by Cixin Liu, and I could see the possibility of an endless, empty dark space.  The Dark Forest is the second book in the trilogy series of Three Body.  The beginning of this second book could be said a very slow start.  It takes a big, boring slow start.  Nonetheless, after a strange start, it turns into a brilliant sequel.  The sequel keeps getting better as it approaches the near ending of the second book.

In this second book, space elevator, underground futuristic cities, space fleet, and various other science fiction kinds of stuff got introduced.  Nonetheless, these cool sci-fi elements are only there to be the fillers, but the mother concept of it all is the sociology of cosmic civilizations.  It is Lou Ji, the weirdest wall facer who is tapping the least amount of earth resources so far in both books — the first and the second book of Three Body trilogy — who thinks that sociology of cosmic civilizations is important even though the whole universe looks rather empty.

I don’t want to spoil the fun for you and so I won’t reveal much of the second book of Three Body trilogy, but just imagine the weirdness of seeing one of the main characters decides to study civilizations of space when space shows no sign of civilization besides the Trisolarans’ one.  Furthermore, keep this strange bit in mind as you’re approaching the near 100% completion of listening to this book on Audible!  For me, I almost agree with the understanding why Lou Ji is thinking in such a manner in the regards to creating a branch of education for the sociology of cosmic civilizations.  It’s like studying a future when a future has not yet even sure to have existed.

In any case, I think I should stare into space at night time whenever I smoke my cigarette and appreciate why we are alone!  After all, it’s quite peaceful to be thriving alone then having to “you know what” when you get the gist of the problems the humans are facing in Three Body trilogy.  I think I’ve said enough just to almost not giving up the whole farm in regards to not wanting to spoil the fun for you.  So, if you haven’t read or listened to the second book, I highly recommend you read or listen to the second book of Three Body trilogy.  You can listen to this book on Audible.

The Three-Body Problem Is A Wild Ride, But It’s Worth It!

I’d watched a few science fiction movies here and there, but my little human brain could only recall a few titles of these sci-fi movies.  I could probably watch them all over again and still be amazed at how much content within that I’d forgotten.  Reading sci-fi books?  Not really, but I’d just begun listening to sci-fi and fantasy books on Audible for two months or so already, and I like this a lot!  Just recently, I’d finished the first book of a hardcore sci-fi trilogy written by Cixin Liu.  The first book is titled as The Three-Body Problem.

I like how this book is setting up from the very beginning!  At the start, you thought the book is about a Chinese revolutionary historical piece, but it is rather a very good set up for what to come.  The historical set up is definitely a good foundation to build emotion and space and relations for the behaviors of intricated characters that would expand the sci-fi ideas within this very book.  I have to say, if you’re not following the book closely, you could be confused a bit later on, because the hardcore sci-fi information within could be hard to follow.  Nonetheless, I don’t think you have to know, like really understand, all the facts and fictions of it all to understand what is going on.  In fact, I could follow the book through and through by grasping the basic of the sci-fi ideas from within the book.

I think Cixin Liu is very good in this book in a way that he could provide intricate detail of emotion of various characters so these characters could make sense why they’re behaving in their unique way while the fantastical sci-fi vibe permeates throughout.  The first scene pulls me in right away as if I’m there witnessing the chaos of a Chinese revolution.  I could see the bullet entered and exited the soft body of a young revolutionary girl who waved the revolutionary flag.  The bullet went through the air and the girl fell down.  The revolutionary atmosphere was intense and afterward, I wanted more.

Although the sci-fi factor comes into play a bit slow, a good set up of emotion is definitely worth it as it breathes realism into much grander ideas later on.  Once the train got going, there is no holding back.  At times, I feel like it is rather overwhelming as hard science facts, fiction or not, starting to hit me left and right.  Nonetheless, I feel like I want more.  That is the beauty of this!  You know something is good when you want more of the hard stuff!

Anyway, I just finished book one, and now I’m so ready for book two and three.  The Three-Body Problem got many good reviews, and I’ve read somewhere online that somebody is trying to get a TV show going based on this book.  If you like sci-fi, I recommend you listen to this book on Audible.  If you like reading more than listening to someone reading to you, then you may want to get this on Kindle or on a hardcover.