Liu Cixin’s star rises with Netflix adaptation


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Since the first season of the Netflix TV adaptation of Liu Cixin’s Remembrance of Earth’s Past trilogy came out, it has sparked intense discussion in countries including Japan, the United States, France and Germany, where the books have made a lot of fans.

On Wednesday, the English translation of The Three-Body Problem, the first book in the trilogy and the focus of the adaptation, became the number 1 best-selling book in Amazon’s literary fiction section and rose to 11th place on the list of general bestsellers. Chen Feng, rights manager at China Education Publications Import & Export Co Ltd, the international agent for the trilogy, said that this is its best performance ever and that as of June, translations of the trilogy into 35 languages have sold 4 million copies worldwide.

Other work by Liu has also been translated into a number of languages, including novels like Ball Lightning and The Supernova Era, and short story collections To Hold Up the Sky and The Wandering Earth.