Ball Lightning by Liu Cixin

Ball Lightning

A new standalone military SF adventure from the bestselling and award-winning author of The Three-Body Problem.When Chen’s parents are incinerated before his eyes by a blast of ball lightning, he devotes his life to cracking the secret of mysterious natural phenomena. His search takes him to stormy mountaintops, an experimental military weapons lab, and an old Soviet science station. The more he learns, the more he comes to realize that ball li...

Details Ball Lightning

TitleBall Lightning
Release DateAug 14th, 2018
PublisherTor Books
GenreScience Fiction, Fiction, Science Fiction Fantasy, Cultural, China, Adult Fiction, Novels

Reviews Ball Lightning

  • Jason Furman
    Ball Lightning, by the author of The Three Body Problem, is the story of a man who watches his parents get incinerated by ball lightning and ends up devoting his life to the study and control of ball lightning. Evidently a real phenomenon that is rarely observed and not well understood, the book starts by having him go through the current scientific theories but then the science gets into increasingly exotic macroscale quantum mechanics as his se...
  • Jing Gao
    Liked this one better than the Three Body Trilogy. There are much more details on how the technology was conceived to finally made available for military usage. You don't have to be stuck there wondering about how 智子 works, because the development of the spherical lightening is step by step showed to you as the story goes on. Also loved the theoretical physicist, who is the protagonist to some other works of the author...(who probably is the ...
  • Nicolas Lontel
    Premier roman que je lis de l'auteur, je vais certainement jeter un coup d’œil à d'autres de ses romans dans le futur.Chen est encore un enfant lorsqu'il voit ses parents se transformer en poussière par une foudre en boule (ball lightning) et les derniers mots de son père résonne encore en lui alors qu'il destine le restant de sa vie à la poursuite du mystère derrière les foudres en boule. On le voit d'abord étudier à l'université so...
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  • Tbfrank
    Ball Lightning is a very good story, with plenty of 'hard' science and facts but also fantastic with a ghostly extra-dimensional effect added in. However, as compared to the Three Body Problem trilogy, it didn't demand to be read, perhaps due to the nature of the narrator... Not exactly plodding but not riveting either.One reason certain writers are popular and have all their works gobbled up is the familiarity readers find in style, content, and...
  • Yilin Wong
    读完三体找来的 感觉并没有什么特别之处 女性角色就是一如既往的扁平而美好 主人公没啥特别之处 也并没有像三体那样展现出宏大的场景 觉得真的很一般
  • Julise
    i hope there is really such world where the passed-away people are living thoug we just can't see them
  • Lillian
    Once again, Liu Cixin's hard science fiction has made me (not a hard science fiction reader) fully engaged.He is a genius.Thank you Macmillan for the ARE!