‘How reading ignited my passion for space culture’
Published: Aug 24, 2023 09:24 PM
Editor's Note:

"Read ten thousand books, and your pen will be guided as if by the gods" is an ancient Chinese idiom that can be seen in students' textbooks. China's Ministry of Education has published an action plan to further promote reading among students across the nation. With new and diverse book recommendations, the reading scene is expected to be revived not only at schools, but also across society. To contribute to this endeavor, the Global Times launched the "My Reading Life" essay contest for middle school students.

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Participants will be rewarded once the article has been selected.



The Three-Body Problem was written by Liu Cixin between 2006-2010. It is separated into three main parts. I finished reading this book about two months ago. 

This book is a very typical science fiction. It's mainly about a high-technology civilization trying to invade Earth. After a few hundred years of competing, Earth and the "Three-Body" civilization are both extinct. The novel shows a large quantity of neoteric scientific concepts and high-level technology that have helped it to ignite the passion of a huge number of readers.

The story is mainly about a scientist called Ye who accidentally found that the sun is a giant energy transmitter. She decides to use this to send messages to different civilizations in the galaxy. After that, she quickly receives a reply, but it was from space pacifists. The message tells Ye that what she did was extremely dangerous and told her to terminate her stupid action right away. However, Ye is totally disappointed by the selfish human race and understands that this action could destroy the world.

This began the conflict between the "Three-Body civilization" and human beings. The purpose of the "Three-Body civilization" isn't destroying Earth. Instead, it wants to take control of Earth and make it their planet. Because in their system, they have three stars, when they wake up it is never morning. The three suns' orbit has no pattern. Their civilization has suffered this pain for millions of years and they cannot take it anymore.

Luckily, human beings come up with a plan called "Broken wall." The main character Luo comes up with a successful plan and saves the world. But after Luo passes, his heir Cheng doesn't complete her responsibility, which gives the "Three-body" opportunities to invade Earth. As a consequence, the Earth and the "Three-Body civilization" both go extinct. 

All in all, the particular reason I enjoyed this book is because the technology and concepts that it proposes are interesting and brave. I never thought of these shocking predictions and hypotheses. The intricate plot also absorbs a lot of reader's attention. Finally, I feel extremely grateful and cheerful for reading such a magnificent novel in my childhood!

Liu Cixin is a Chinese novelist who won the 2015 Hugo Award. Before revealing his writing talents to the world, Liu was a computer engineer who managed to horde knowledge in the sectors of technology and computer science. The Chinese writer once publicly revealed that English authors like Eric Blair, also best known by his pen name George Orwell, inspired him tremendously. 

The author is a student at the Dongba Campus of Chaoyang Branch School Affiliated to Renmin University of China