The Redemption of Time (hardcover)
Publishers Weekly (05/13/2019):
This exposition-heavy prequel to Liu Cixin's Three-Body Problem trilogy will be a challenge for newcomers, and even fans of Liu's work are likely to be disappointed by the ponderous writing and murky story. The interminable opening section consists of a prolonged conversation 600 years in the future as Yun Tianming relates his experiences as "the greatest spy in the history of the human race," who, "embodied in an isolated brain," sought information to help humankind avert destruction by the mysterious aliens known as the Trisolarans. Yun constantly schemes to outwit his more powerful captors, but the slow pacing and paucity of action makes his efforts boring. Things don't improve when Yun finds himself involved in a conflict between cosmic beings known as the Seeker and the Lurker. Even the revelation of the Trisolarans' true nature feels anticlimactic, and the final twist is gimmicky rather than clever. Readers will need to be deeply immersed in Liu Cixin's original trilogy to get anything out of this overambitious homage. Agent: Seth Fishman, Gernert Company. (July)Copyright 2019 Publishers Weekly, LLC Used with permission.
"The Redemption of Time is not a mere derivative of The Three Body Problem, but a thrilling, fascinating new adventure to uncover more mysteries of the Three Body World. " --Pan Haitian
"This cosmic Romeo and Juliet story takes a welcome journey back to Liu's fictional universe (with the master's blessing)." -- Publishers Weekly 'Summer Staff Picks'
"Mind-bendingly fantastic." -- SF in Translation
"...bring[s] to mind the creation story in J.R.R. Tolkien's The Silmarillion. The universe-engulfing struggle recalls John C. Wright's astonishing multibook Eschaton saga. And the whole has a transcendental quality that might earn a nod from William Blake. Baoshu writes powerfully about difficult concepts...and his central thesis...is an absolute stunner. None of this will mean anything, though, unless you're very well-acquainted with the original trilogy." -- Kirkus
"The Redemption of Time reveals that everything becomes a part of a fairy tale in the end; yet, this fairy tale has to carry the ultimate meaning of life and the universe." --Han Song
"A highly imaginative alternate world within the bounds of Liu Cixin's creation.... encapsulates the bountifulness and timeless beauty of the universe." --Liu Waitong
BAOSHU is a Chinese science fiction and fantasy writer. After receiving his Master of Philosophy in Peking University, Baoshu continued to study at Katholieke Universiteit Leuven and got a second masters there, and finally became a full-time science fiction writer in 2012. His previous books include What Has Passed Shall in Kinder Light Appear, Garuda, Ruins of Time and Maharoga.
KEN LIU (translator) is a writer, lawyer, computer programmer, and the translator of the Hugo-award winning Three Body Problem. His short story "The Paper Menagerie" was the first work of fiction ever to sweep the Nebula, Hugo, and World Fantasy Awards.
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...