Extrapolation

The Multiple Bodies of The Three-Body Problem

Extrapolation (2019), 60, (2), 183–200.


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Unbeknownst to most anglophone readers, Cixin Liu’s acclaimed Santi trilogy has been published in three discrete versions, each one with unique features. In its earliest incarnation, the first novel of the Santi trilogy was published serially in a Chinese sf magazine before appearing in novel form in Chinese. The third iteration, an English translation titled The Three-Body Problem, was primarily based on the initial serialized version. In each version, the title is reimagined, pages are shuffled around, and the narrative rhythm is modified. Taking The Three-Body Problem as its key example, this paper provides perspectives on how to approach a fiction that has not one but multiple “bodies.”

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Cao, Xuenan