The Redemption of Time

The Redemption of Time

A Three-body Problem Novel

Book - 2016
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Set in the universe of the New York Times bestselling Three-Body Problem trilogy, The Redemption of Time continues Cixin Liu's multi-award-winning science fiction saga. This original story by Baoshu--published with Liu's support--envisions the aftermath of the conflict between humanity and the extraterrestrial Trisolarans.

In the midst of an interstellar war, Yun Tianming found himself on the front lines. Riddled with cancer, he chose to end his life, only to find himself flash frozen and launched into space where the Trisolaran First Fleet awaited. Captured and tortured beyond endurance for decades, Yun eventually succumbed to helping the aliens subjugate humanity in order to save Earth from complete destruction.

Granted a healthy clone body by the Trisolarans, Yun has spent his very long life in exile as a traitor to the human race. Nearing the end of his existence at last, he suddenly receives another reprieve--and another regeneration. A consciousness calling itself The Spirit has recruited him to wage battle against an entity that threatens the existence of the entire universe. But Yun refuses to be a pawn again and makes his own plans to save humanity's future...

Publisher: New York :, Tor,, ©2016.
Edition: First U.S. edition.
ISBN: 9781250306005
Characteristics: 269 pages ; 25 cm
Additional Contributors: Liu, Ken 1976-- Translator


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Tung Yin
Sep 23, 2019

This is a fan-fiction story in the universe of the "Three Body Problem." It's sort of authorized, in the sense that original "Three Body Problem" author Liu Cixin permitted it to be published, but he hasn't really endorsed it, if that matters to you.

"Redemption of Time" is a paraquel, meaning that it runs parallel to the events in "Death's End" (the third book in the original trilogy). The first two-thirds or so fills in what happened to one of the main characters during the time he was with the Trisolarians. That part was pretty interesting, does make sense, and finally reveals what the Trisolarians look like.

Most of the remainder of the book goes off in a different direction, also spinning off from a key event in "Death's End," but which I found weirdly overly talkative when it should have been action-filed. The last little bit of the novel is a fun kind of loop back to our time. I'll just say this -- which may be a mild spoiler, so beware -- it definitely reminded me of the end of the reimagined "Battlestar Galactica" series.

If you really liked "The Three Body Problem," this is a decent read, at least the first 2/3, and that ending part.

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