Chinese media, including official media, have widely identified the suspect as Xu Yao, a senior executive at Mr. Lin’s game company Youzu Interactive, which is run in English by Yoozoo. These reports could not be independently verified and the company did not respond to a request for comment.
It was not clear how or if Mr. Lin’s death would affect Netflix’s plans for “The Three Bodies Problem”. Netflix didn’t immediately respond to an email request for comment.
In September, the American streaming service announced that it would convert the trilogy into an original series produced by David Benioff and DB Weiss, executive producers of Game of Thrones, with a creative team that included Liu Cixin, the author of the books, belonged to was developed. Mr. Lin was listed as the executive producer.
“The Three-Body Problem” is the first book in what Mr. Liu called “Remembering the Earth’s Past” trilogy. Set in what is now China, the book tells the story of an engineer who was asked by the Beijing authorities to investigate a spate of suicides by scientists. He discovers an alien conspiracy with roots in the Cultural Revolution, the decade of paranoia that led to the persecution and torture of alleged enemies of the Communist Party and lasted until Mao Zedong’s death in 1976.
The English version of The Three-Body Problem, translated by Ken Liu, became a sensation when it was released in 2014. She won the Hugo Award, a major science fiction award, for best novel. Mark Zuckerberg added it to his reading list. In an interview with the New York Times, Obama called it, “Enjoy reading, also because my daily problems with Congress seem pretty petty – nothing to worry about. Aliens are about to invade. “
Mr. Lin made it a life’s work to bring the novel to an even wider audience, according to an online memorial by Chen Long, a professor who taught Mr. Lin at Hupan University, a business school. As of 2014, said Professor Chen, Mr. Lin bought copyrights and licenses related to the books.
Professor Chen estimated that Mr. Lin had spent $ 150 million by 2019. His mission was to turn the world of the trilogy into an internationally recognized franchise featuring films, TV shows, video games, anime, and more, wrote Mr. Chen.