Chinese sci-fi in the vein of the Greats!
This book first grabbed my attention because its title seemed to promise me hard sci-fi. When I was gifted this book recently, I resolved to read it immediately and see if it held up to my lofty expectations.
I am happy to say that Liu Cixin wrote and Ken Liu then translated his work into a fascinating book.
Set in China and spanning several decades, it is refreshing to read sci-fi with a non-Western background and setting. The books follows two characters; Ye Wenjie, an astrophysicist, whose tale begins with trauma set to the backdrop of the Cultural Revolution and Wang Miao, a nanotech engineer, who explores the titular problem in a fancy VR rig, and it only gets better from there.
In the vein of the stories told by Asimov and Clarke, the problem or the mystery is the what keeps the tale going and character development is light. If you are enamored by the tales told by these masters, certainly give 'The Three-Body Problem' a go!