Can Netflix’s Most Ambitious Sci-Fi Show Do Justice to the Story’s Epic Scope?

One of the most popular science fiction book series of the 21st century could be the next massive TV series hit on Netflix.

Cixin Liu’s The Three-Body Problem is about to become 3 Body Problem, dropping in January 2024. The series is produced by David Benioff and D.B. Weiss and will be their first major project since the end of Game of Thrones on HBO.

3 Body Problem will span several centuries and if the show makes it through all three books — collectively known as Remembrance of Earth’s Past — we’ll even get into the future and also deeper into the past.

Most of the bigger context of the first book is about the impending invasion of aliens called the Trisolarans and the chaos that creates on Earth. The title “Three-Body Problem” comes from the fact that the Trisolarans live on a planet that orbits three different stars. This causes their planet to have massive shifts in environmental stability. In order to get various humans on board with the idea of helping the Trisolarans, a video game is created called “Three Body,” in which people try to figure out how to navigate these rapid shifts in climate. In the trailer, we see at least one character donning a headset to play this game. In the book, this game is a huge clue that unravels a global conspiracy connected to the invasion of the Trisolarans.

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