In Peter Tieryas’ novel The United States of Japan, the United States loses the Second World War to Japan, and finds itself split between the invading Japanese army and Nazi Germany.
Philip K. Dick stories often make for well-received films, like Blade Runner, Total Recall, and A Scanner Darkly . Next—the one with Nicolas Cage as a clairvoyant magician, which strays a lot from its source material—might be the most bizarre Dick adaptation. But Screamers is easily the most underrated.
When we assembled our list of books that we were pumped about coming out in 2016, one particularly stands out: United States of Japan, billed as a ‘spiritual successor of The Man in the High Castle’. It’s got giant mechs, alternate history, and did I mention giant mechs?
When I watched Minority Report for the first time back in 2002, I absolutely loved it. It was a fast-paced, gritty, dystopian vision where freedom of choice is usurped by pre-cognitive children of drug addicts and future cops who use those visions as damning evidence.
I believe that science fiction’s best days are ahead of it, because I have read a lot of science fiction. And if this genre has taught me anything, it’s optimism about human ingenuity—along with a belief that the unexpected is just around the corner. I’m not alone: Many people seem to feel like science fiction is…
For years, I thought of weirdness and personal storytelling as sort of opposites. You can have surreal, cartoony, acid-trippy, logic-melting insanity, or you can tell a grounded emotional story about people. But the big epiphany I had while writing All the Birds in the Sky is, sometimes weirdness is intensely personal.
The producers of alternate-history drama The Man in the High Castle spent eight years struggling to bring the Philip K. Dick adaptation to the screen. Now, after an extremely well-received first season, Amazon has just renewed the show for a second season.
Some of the most powerful reading experiences are the ones that refuse to fit into just one pigeonhole. They defy categorization, because they’re both life-changing and label-breaking. Don’t believe me? Here are 11 books that are so incredibly good, they can’t be constrained to just one genre.
Back in the mid-1970s, the U.S. government was worried that the kids were getting too high. Drugs like marijuana and LSD were at their peak—and meanwhile, the government noticed the kids were also really into science fiction. So the National Institute on Drug Abuse hired Robert Silverberg, author of Dying Inside…
Philip K. Dick has had a huge influence on science fiction literature—but it’s pretty rare that you read a new book that manages to channel Dick’s paranoid, reality-warping mojo. So Black Hole by Bucky Sinister is a delight for all kinds of reasons. Spoilers ahead...
Yesterday, two major shows dropped from streaming giants Amazon.com and Netflix: The Man in the High Castle and Jessica Jones. On one hand, you’ve got superheroes, while on the other, dystopian alternate histories.
The producers of the Man in the High Castle TV series spent eight years trying to get it off the ground, and having doors slammed in their faces. For a while, the BBC was going to make it, but it fell through. In order to finally get it made, they had to make one crucial change, that makes it a bit less bleak.
Books can transport you to strange new worlds—but they can also make your home more beautiful. And it’s the beauty and luxuriousness of nice books that make them such terrific gifts. These gift items will remind your friends and loved ones why they love books to begin with.
Amazon released the pilot for Man in the High Castle for anyone to watch back in January, and now, they’ve released the second episode, Sunrise for the same treatment for this weekend only.
Akeela is fast becoming a standout character on Fox’s Minority Report. And in Monday’s episode—which also guest-stars Reed Diamond from Dollhouse and Agents of SHIELD—she discovers the downside of trying to keep a secret from a clairvoyant. Check out an exclusive clip!
You want a really weird ride? A science fiction or fantasy epic that stretches your brain like taffy and ties it into strange irregular shapes? Forget television or movies: books are where the really off-kilter stories are told in speculative fiction.
Philip K. Dick’s classic novel The Man in the High Castle offers cover designers a few creative directions to go in. There’s Nazi imagery. Japanese flags. Images of an occupied United States. But as Atlas Obscura shows, some overseas designers went in a decidedly different direction.
A couple of weeks ago, The Folio Society really blew our minds with the artwork for their edition of Philip K. Dick’s The Man In The High Castle. Recently, we had a chance to chat with the edition’s artist, Shan Jiang, and we got to check out some exclusive art that wasn’t used for the book.
Amazon has released a new trailer for their upcoming series The Man In The High Castle, and it shows off some chilling new footage along what we’ve already seen from its fantastic pilot. Get ready for a United States that is jointly occupied by Japan and Germany.