Ohhhhhhh boy this was the wrong day to link this.
Ben Hunt recommended Three Body Problem.
Then Geopolitical Futures recommended three body problem.
So I read Three Body Problem.
Comparing Three Body Problem to Star Wars is like comparing Mothra to 2001. There is no science here. The plotting is awful. The narrative is tortured and stupid. The motivations of characters are utterly unbelievable - the fundamental basis of Three Body is the notion that scientists, when confronted with data that conflicts their theoretical predictions, are so distraught that they commit suicide. Meanwhile the core conceit of the book is an alien race develops in the radically unpredictable Alpha Centauri system where chaos reigns and they must develop a murderous interstellar civilization before mathematical chaos absorbs their planet, the last one in the system.
All the while Alpha Centauri has been known to be a stable system for over a hundred years.
Three Body Problem is bad sci fi. Not only is it nonsensically plotted, but the "science" in it is insane bullshit.
I warned veen away from this catastrophe two days ago. I finished it, resentfully, yesterday. I wholeheartedly recommend that fans of sci fi, as well as anyone with a budding interest, stay well away from this book.