Perhaps the greatest of Philip K. Dick's novels, 'The Man in the High Castle' continues the writer's unique style of paranoid science fiction. Though unlike his other work - A Scanner Darkly, Valis, etc. - 'High Castle' sees the writer employ alternative history, giving readers a fascinating look at a post-WWII United States where the Allies lost the war and the country is occupied by Nazi Germany and Japan, who themselves share a trepid alliance. 'High Castle' is Philip K. Dick at his strongest, as he vividly builds this alternative America and explores the political and socio-economic outcome of a fragile Japanese/German alliance, and how it affects some of the characters. At the center of the plot, is the mystery of a novel written by an elusive author that may or may not reveal the illusion of their current world. The search for this author takes the characters on a 'Wizard of Oz' like journey in hopes of finding answers to their complex post-WWII environment.
"The single most resonant and carefully imagined book of Dick's career." --New York Times It's America in 1962. Slavery is legal once again. The few Jews who still survive hide under assumed names. In San Francisco, the I Ching is as common as the Yellow Pages. All because some twenty years earlier the United States lost a war--and is now occupied by Nazi Germany and Japan. This harrowing, Hugo Award-winning novel is the work that established Philip K. Dick as an innovator in science fiction while breaking the barrier between science fiction and the serious novel of ideas. In it Dick offers a haunting vision of history as a nightmare from which it may just be possible to wake. Winner of the Hugo Award