Slavery is legal once again. The few Jews who still survive hide under assumed names. All because some twenty years earlier the United States lost a war—and is now occupied by Nazi Germany and Japan.
As old-fashioned VW trucks pootle around, a camera crane swoops downward, tracking a vintage Mercedes: black, boxy, ominous. A cluster of Nazi soldiers relax their rigid stance, clapping their hands against the cold. Between takes, the N26 bus whooshes past on its daily route, bleary Berliners peering curiously through the windows at the frozen motorcade.
Set infifteen years after an alternative ending to World War IIthe novel concerns intrigues between the victorious Axis Powers —primarily, Imperial Japan and Nazi Germany —as they rule over the former United States, as well as daily life under the resulting totalitarian rule. Beginning inthe book was adapted as a multi-season TV serieswith Dick's daughter, Isa Dick Hackettserving as one of the show's producers. The novel features a "novel within the novel" comprising an alternate history within this alternate history wherein the Allies defeat the Axis though in a manner distinct from the actual historical outcome.
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Nazis are pretty much worse than everything. So if we imagine a world where the Nazis won World War II, it would probably be a pretty bad world, worse in every way, right? Except for the History Channel—that would pretty much stay the same.
A dazzling speculative novel of 'counterfactual history' from one of America's most highly-regarded science fiction authors, Philip K. Philip K. Dick's acclaimed cult novel gives us a horrifying glimpse of an alternative world - one where the Allies have lost the Second World War.
Topics: Legendary AuthorsAmerican Literature. How would our daily lives have been transformed if the United States had been sympathetic to Nazi Germany? Notably, both Philip K.
Long-term readers of this series on the Hugo awards may recall that it started by raising the question of why critics sneer at science fiction. Now that I've read up to the ninth award-winner, Philip K Dick's The Man in the High Castle, I'd be tempted to put the question a different way — largely unprintable, but definitely containing the words "so-called" and "fools". Before anyone accuses me of setting up straw men in the form of these doubting critics, I should admit that I was once among their number. I know the ignorance of which I speak.