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Since 2008, Freebird Books--a used bookshop on the Brooklyn waterfront--has held a monthly book club focused on post-apocalyptic and dystopian novels.

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January's post-apocalyptic discussion: The Dark Forest and Death's End

Apologies for the later posting! We'll complete the final two books of Cixin Liu’s Three Body Problem triology for our January discussion. In The Dark Forest, Earth is reeling from the revelation of a coming alien invasion-in just four centuries' time. The aliens' human collaborators may have been defeated, but Earth's defense plans are totally exposed to the enemy. Only the human mind remains a secret. This is the motivation for the Wallfacer Project, a daring plan that grants four men enormous resources to design secret strategies, hidden through deceit and misdirection from Earth and Trisolaris alike. The trilogy concludes with Death's End. Half a century after the Doomsday Battle, the uneasy balance of Dark Forest Deterrence keeps the Trisolaran invaders at bay. Earth enjoys unprecedented prosperity due to the infusion of Trisolaran knowledge. With human science advancing daily and the Trisolarans adopting Earth culture, it seems that the two civilizations will soon be able to co-exist peacefully as equals without the terrible threat of mutually assured annihilation. But the peace has also made humanity complacent. Will humanity reach for the stars or die in its cradle? Our list of books read or to read can be found here: https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1-MliSYlL5Gm-IG6pmanMg8LEn5Jc4JbqZs_wZPCrIgY

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