On June 8th, 2017, our space-time shook slightly, giving birth to a new universe.
A universe borne out of the “Three-Body” Trilogy.
“The themes in the “Three-Body” Trilogy: life, culture, universe, and their relationships, will continue to be the focuses of our imagination and discussion for a long time. I hope this work will be a starting point, a framework, and a platform, from which more people could use the imagination of science to build a grander and richer world.”
The Three-Body Problem’s grand scope, crystal-clear concept, immense drive, and unprecedented worldwide success, upon which the Three-Body Cosmos is based, has been an excellent beginning and support for such an exploration.
“This new universe’s genesis from the Three-Body Problem, an era-transcending work, will undoubtedly bring endless surprises for us.” Said Ji Shaoting, the founder and CEO of Future Affairs Administration (FAA).
Seven million copies of the Three-Body trilogy have been sold out in China alone, and those three books have been translated into various languages, including English, German, Spanish, Portuguese, Hungarian, Polish, Thai, French and Korean, and published overseas. The English version was a New York Times Best Seller, with over 300,000 copies sold. The German version was a Der Spiegel Best Seller. This trilogy is praised by George R.R. Martin, Mark Zuckerberg, and Barack Obama in public occasions. Many important figures in IT industry in China are also fans of this work.
“The Three-Body Trilogy reminds me of the Star Wars franchise in western history, which is a cultural signpost for the progressive Reagan-Thatcher Era after WWII.” Said Du Qingchun, Associate Professor at Beijing Film Academy, and a senior consultant to the franchise. “The Three-Body Trilogy, if set in a similar milieu, would also be a cultural event. It started brewing in the 1970s and is published at a time when China is becoming an influential speaker in the global discourse. It would surely go beyond the border of literature, and help to shape our future.”
With the world view and storyline of Three-Body Problem, the new Three-Body Cosmos gives rise to an enormous new system filled with everything from abstract philosophy and concepts to concrete technology and social constructs. Many scenarios and details, which remain unexplored or unexplained in the novel, contain great potential and infinite possibilities, all of which could be stories linked by many characters.
The exploration and building of the Three-Body Cosmos will be a huge endeavor. It requires not only hard-work but also patience to create such a system. The Three-Body Cosmos will focus on mechanism, personnel and products, trying to gather the best creators in this industry, and provide them with opportunities and support to create the most competitive products.
As an authorized partner of Disney, FAA has been working with well-recognized brands such as Marvel and Star Wars. With our collaboration with academic institutes (e.g. the Gunn Center for the Study of Science Fiction) and other creators around the world, we are ready to put into this project the best resources we have.
Today only marks the beginning. The goal of the who project is to create a derivative shared universe with a wider audience, to motivate more creators and producers of sci-fi content, and to make sci-fi the leader of popular culture again.
It will be a journey of success and failure, as well as lessons and heartbreak, but the explorers of this new universe will find their way.
We hope that in the near future, when the world talks about the Three-Body Cosmos, it will feel as familiar as discussing Star Wars or Marvel.
“The Three-Body Trilogy has been out for a while, and it has won over many readers. I think this novel no longer belongs to me.” Said Liu Cixin, “The book has had this kind of impact because its ideas are expandable. I’m curious to see how much of the influence the Three-Body Trilogy has had on readers came from the book itself or the reader’s own creation, some of which the creators may not be aware of themselves. The Three-Body Trilogy is a reminder, it pats us on the shoulder, telling us to look up and see the sky.”
Q: What is the Three-Body Cosmos and what are your expectations?
A: It is a series of works based on Liu Cixin’s award-winning work the Three-Body Trilogy. We wish to start from the original text and expand the entire universe with all sorts of spin-offs, including fictions, comics, artwork, sculptures, animations, movies, TV series, etc. They will embody and reflect the relationship between philosophy and worldview, history and future, technology and society. The Three-Body Cosmos would be a platform for all sci-fi fans to express their visions of this world.
Q: Does Liu Cixin know about this? Does he approve of it? Does he like it? Will he be part of it?
A: He knows, he approves of it, he likes it, and he will be part of it.
Q: Why Three-Body Trilogy?
A: The Three-Body Trilogy expands over millions of years and discusses the life and death of the universe itself. It has its own grand worldview with the fate of various characters entangled with each other. This trilogy has already had a say in the history of sci-fi and cultural history. Meanwhile, Liu Cixin has left enough space for fellow creators to explore. Being recognized both in China and worldwide, The Three-Body Trilogy is a successful starting point for further commercial plans.
Q: How do you plan to do this?
A: FAA has established a Three-Body Cosmos branch, welcoming fans and potential partners to join in this project. Working on personnel, mechanism, and products, we wish to gather the best creators to offer the most intriguing and competitive products. This universe would be an organic system.
Q: What about credibility?
A: FAA has specific operational plans for various products. Liu Cixin and our editors will examine from different perspectives to make sure that each product has its most reasonable positioning. Star Wars has Canon and Legends. Similarly, we will categorize products according to their features, making sure that creators can make full use of their talents and that readers can find what they want.
Q: How long does this universe need for development? Will it come to a sudden stop?
A: It doesn’t really matter how long it needs, and we hope it won’t stop. The speed of its expansion may vary, but once started, it will always be there. No matter what we do, the original Three-Body Trilogy will always be there.
Q: What does it mean to Chinese sci-fi?
A: The best Chinese sci-fi work having its own franchise will attract more fans, and it will open up a bigger market with more creators and contributors. We’re not sure what significance the Three-Body Cosmos might have in history, but it will surely be part of our history.
Q: Can I join you?
A: Of course! If you’re interested in the Three-Body Trilogy, or passionate about presenting your vision via a certain form of artistic expression, please don’t hesitate to contact us. We welcome every potential partner and contributor to join in this franchise in different stages of development.