cixin lui

Successful writer Cixin Liu presents a new idea into science fiction called the Dark Forest Theory. By analogy, hunters in a dark forest survive by masking their presence to others. Any action that would alert others to their location risks the hunter being the hunted.

Lui takes the idea of xenophobia to a logical extreme, reminiscent of a crude but effective version of game theory. Essentially, an intelligent species tolerating the existence of other intelligent species risks survival, whereas eliminating the competition completely and immediately ensures security.

Below is as fan made video of Lui’s work. Before I actually have read the commentary, I took the imagery to represent the immensity of space within a waterdrop to reflect the immensity of outer space.