Adapted from Cixin Liu's novella of the same name, The Wandering Earth is the first of Liu’s work to make it to the big screen. Described as 'China's first full-scale interstellar spectacular’, in only two weeks since its release it has taken $609 million at the box office and is now officially 2019’s highest grossing movie… worldwide.
The Wandering Earth sees humanity threatened by a dying Sun as it bloats into red giant. Rather than flee Earth, engineers construct huge fusion engines to move the planet out of harm's way, setting a course for a new home, around a new star… Exactly the kind of exo-scale engineering you’d expect from the author of the Three-Body Problem books.
Rumours of Amazon’s $1 billion interest in acquiring Three-Body Problem continue to circulate. The box office success of The Wandering Earth surely makes such a monumental production more likely.
You can find the novella in our euphoniously named collection The Wandering Earth which also features 9 other Cixin Liu stories, including my favourite, 'Devourer', in which a space-faring dinosaur returns to Earth...