@V. T. Eric Layton The book that is sold under the title "The Wandering Earth" is actually a whole collection of Cixin Liu's stories and novellas, and I found it very entertaining. It is a bit different from most western SF though. It is less character driven and much more on an epic scale, a lot of his stories take place over a very long time, centuries even. Maybe you also heard about Cixin Liu's Three body trilogy - the first volume won the Hugo, and I think it was fully deserved. If you do like Science Fiction, you should give Cixin Liu a try. I've gotten a bit bored with the usual SF stuff and some of these Asian authors are really a breath of fresh air!
I love Sci-Fi. Unfortunately, I gave up reading series books many years ago. I just got tired of being spoonfed the next books by the publishers. I also hated that the stories didn't end with each book. They just wrote in cliff-hangers to keep you buying the books.
I like books that have a beginning, a middle, and an ENDING! I guess I'm just old-fashioned that way. ;)
@V. T. Eric Layton I know what you mean! There are so many series that just seem to go on forever and it doesn't feel like the author really has a plan except for "keep on writing more while people are buying it". It's even worse in Fantasy (which I like too), some big authors keep their readers waiting for years and years and it feels like they've just written themselves into a corner and are stalling (Patrick Rothfuss comes to mind, or also G.R.R. Martin). Or maybe they'd rather enjoy their status as celebrities appearing on conventions than going back to the writing desk.... That's why I rarely start reading a series unless it is already complete (also they get cheaper as they age ;)). "Three body problem" is a finished trilogy - it's actually one big story broken up into three parts. They're all available as of now, I think there's even an edition that includes all 3. The story is complete with those 3 volumes and there won't be more coming ;)
This reminds me Stanisław Lem sci-fi books. Cixin Liu seems to belong to the same circle of authors much more interested in providing some scientific fantasy and researching consequences than American cheap superhero stories.
@Kazimierz Kurz Liu is an engineer and all his writing shows his scientific upbringing and interest, although he also tackles sociological topics. The superhero concept I think is quite rare in Chinese Science Fiction, as it doesn't fit culturally. Chinese stories are more often idealized tales about a lot of people working together and sacrificing themselves for the cause. There are also a lot of American authors who write great Science Fiction that are very scientific and not cheap superhero stories. Vernor Vinge comes to mind, Gregory Benford, Greg Bear, Neal Stephenson... also a lot of great British ones like Stephen Baxter or Adrian Tchaikovsky (when he's not writing Fantasy). Of course Stanislaw Lem is an absolute classic when it comes to hard sci-fi, though I have to admit that Solaris is the only one of his works I read.
I know and like at least Neal Stephenson and Greg Bear. You are right they are very good storytellers and great sci-fi authors. However I have impression that they are somehow out of mainstream of American sci-fi... But maybe I am wrong looking from far on it... :)
@Kazimierz Kurz I'm not that close either (I'm in Germany) ;) You're probably right that those authors are not really mainstream. Their works require quite some scientific education and background knowledge, so they are for a relatively limited audience. Someone who knows nothing about Newton, Leibnitz, the Royal Society (or isn't at least interested in researching that background)... how could they enjoy the Baroque cycle? I actually find it quite amazing that they're still get quite a lot of readers, according to this list (from 2014), Stephenson had sold > 3 million books and Benford and Bear had both sold > 2 million. Not too bad! http://thewertzone.blogspot.com/2013/08/the-new-and-improved-sff-all-time-sales.html