Twenty-Fifteen: I’m doing something I’ve been putting off for far too long. I’m getting serious about reading, again. I’ve dusted off my paperbacks and charged up my Kindle. It’s time to take the time to feed my poor television-adled brain with a selection of healthy, nourishing fiction. So, read on, little brain. Read on. We’re going Book to the Future!
Having finished Moby Dick not one day ago, I turned my attentions to a newer (but still relatively old) novel, this one by a science-fiction-fantasy novel from the 1960s authored by by American writer Philip K. Dick (also known as the author whose books formed the basis for such movies as Blade Runner, Total Recall, and Minority Report.)
The book is The Man in the High Castle, a novel that’s been on my reading list for some time having earned it’s place there as an offshoot of my ongoing interest in (a) classic science fiction (b) World War II history (c) alternate history and (d) dystopian plots.
The Opening Pages
…in which an alternate post-war history begins to reveal.
Imagine that at some point during World War II, the tide turned the other direction and that the Nazi Germans and their Japanese allies had won. No imagine that some time has passed, a decade or so, and the familiar cold war between the US and Russia we know from that same era is instead replaced by a cool relationship between Hitler’s Reich and Japan. And that instead of dividing Europe, the conquered North America is the depression-ridden spoils of those two super-powers.
This is the bleak alternate universe that is alluded to within the first chapter through a pair of yet-loosely-defined characters.
So, I read on…