Three suns delivered in dazzling drone-style

Natalie Zutter on Tor.com reports on a stage adaptation of Ciuxin Liu’s first Trisolaran novel, The Three-Body Problem.  Produced by the Shanghai-based Lotus Lee Drama Studio, the work features new and old stage technology such as holographic displays as well as shadow projections and drone-driven floating scenery to astound audiences with a tale of a doomed planet under three suns whose inhabitants seek to flee to (and conquer) Earth.

The three suns of Trisolara hover omniously

The three suns of Trisolara hover omniously. [Photo credit: China Daily/IC]

Pay no attention to the little drone behind the sun!

Pay no attention to the little drone behind the sun! [Photo credit: China Daily/IC]

Director Liu Fangqi stated that the adaptation was intended to be faithful to the (rather long) novel: “We only made slight changes of the original novel; about 85% was completely original.  But we have reinforced the personality of the characters and played down the science parts.”  (Seems like Shanghai has been talking to Hollywood!)

Trisolaran and Earthling communicate via holograms.

Trisolaran and Earthling communicate via holograms. [Photo credit: China Daily/IC]

The author, Ciuxin Liu, is pleased with the results, though, and a 20-city tour for the production is planned.  Director Liu is also at work on a second stage adaptation from the trilogy, presumably from the second novel, The Dark Forest.

Holograph effects

A scene of “strategic planning” illuminated by a super-color info dump. [Photo credit: China Daily/IC]

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