Barack Obama Asks Sci-Fi Author Liu Cixin About His Next Book

Liu Cixin with President Obama Global Education Summit 2017

Former President Barack Obama met with current Chinese President Xi Jinping on November 28 at the Global Education Summit in Beijing… but he also took some time out of his visit to ask award-winning science fiction author Liu Cixin for his next book!

Obama has long been a reader of sci-fi/fantasy and has publicly spoken of the vision and impact Liu’s Three-Body Problem trilogy, starting with the titular first volume, before. The series’ exponentially expansive take on cultures interacting across the cosmos seems to have had a profound impact on the president’s imagination.

It’s no secret that President Obama is kind of a big nerd, so it’s fun to imagine the former head of state cutting a meeting short with another head of state just so he can say hello ...