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Ball Lightning
Ball Lightning | Cixin Liu
10 posts | 7 read | 3 reading | 11 to read
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 phenomenon. 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 lightning is just the tip of an entirely new frontier in particle physics. Although Chen's quest provides a purpose for his lonely life, his reasons for chasing his elusive quarry come into conflict with soldiers and scientists who have motives of their own: a beautiful army major with an obsession with dangerous weaponry, and a physicist who has no place for ethical considerations in his single-minded pursuit of knowledge. Ball Lightning , by award-winning Chinese science fiction author Cixin Liu, is a fast-paced story of what happens when the beauty of scientific inquiry runs up against a push to harness new discoveries with no consideration of their possible consequences.
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Pedrocamacho
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Mehso-so

I really enjoyed “The Three Body Problem” trilogy so I had high hopes for “Ball Lightning”. It was fine. I enjoyed the architecture of the story. However, the characters felt very “wooden”. Some of that can be chalked up to the translation, which isn‘t great, but not all of it.

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alvingregorio
Ball Lightning | Cixin Liu
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Trying to sneak a few pages in at work. Making the best out of no-shows.

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swynn
Ball Lightning | Cixin Liu
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Pickpick

When his parents are killed by ball lightning, 14-year-old Chen dedicates his life to researching the phenomenon. This leads him to military R&D, where he meets a fascinating woman obsessed with developing cutting-edge weapons. Characters are flat and world-building is sketchy, but I loved the hard SF, the far-out ideas, and the musings about entanglement of research and military applications. (Also the segue into TBP.) Reader, I devoured it.

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Expandingbookshelf
Ball Lightning | Cixin Liu
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Pickpick

Coffee and science fiction? Yes please 🤗

I picked up “Ball Lightning” because I loved Cixin Liu‘s Three Body trilogy. While this book doesn‘t rise to the rapturous heights of that series, it‘s still a fun little mindfuck. If you like your hard science with a quantum twist, you should check out this story of love, loss and mysterious scientific phenomenon.

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Decalino
Ball Lightning | Cixin Liu
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Pickpick

If you enjoy hard science fiction with a quantum twist, you will enjoy this haunting story of loss, scientific obsession, science as a weapon, and of course, the mysterious phenomenon of ball lightning.

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GivenLemons
Ball Lightning | Cixin Liu
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Pickpick

This is a book where the plot is driven by the science and the social implications come second. So realistic in tone that sometimes it was hard to believe it‘s fiction!

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InLibrisVeritas
Ball Lightning | Cixin Liu
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Making my way through this #audio will I put together the voting document for the book club. I am almost done, with only about 2 hours to go. I like parts of it, but it's kind of boring. The science portions are very dense but interesting, but the writing and main characters are so stiff.

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SpookyBoogie
Ball Lightning | Cixin Liu

I bailed and the only reason I can come up with is I'm just not in the mood for this one. I'll try again later.

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SpookyBoogie
Ball Lightning | Cixin Liu

"I came here in search of peace and quiet. The world down there is too damn frustrating!"

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SpookyBoogie
Ball Lightning | Cixin Liu
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I'm about fifty pages in and so far I'm enjoying this book.