The Redemption of Time

The Redemption of Time

Book - 2019
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"At the end of the fourth year of the Crisis Era, Yun Tianming, riddled with cancer, chose to end his life. His decision was the first step in a journey that would take him to the end of the universe and beyond. His brain was extracted from his body, flash frozen, put aboard a spacecraft, and launched on a trajectory that will intercept the Trisolarian First Fleet in a few centuries. It is a desperate plan, almost certain to fail. But there is an infinitesimal chance that one day Tianming may, somehow, be able to send valuable information back to Earth. And so he does. His broadcasts from the Trisolarian fleet reveal the secrets of faster than light propulsion and the ultimate defence of black domains. This is Tianming's story. It reveals what happened to him when he was intercepted by the Trisolarians. It reveals the true nature of the struggle that has created the universal 'dark forest', and the ultimate fate of the Universe..."--Publisher.
Publisher: New York : Tor, 2019
Edition: 1st U.S. ed
Branch Call Number: FICTION BAO
Characteristics: 269 p. ; 25 cm
Additional Contributors: Liu, Ken 1976-


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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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