The man in the high castle

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Philip K. Dick: The man in the high castle (2015, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt)

274 pages

English language

Published Sept. 10, 2015 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt.

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Overview: 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.

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I love this book; this and Ubik are my favorite PKD books, and I'm nearly a completist.

Dick takes an idea which is becoming commonplace - multiple universes - but pioneers it and give it his own unique spin. Essentially, the people in the book are living a post WWII tragedy, where the bad guys won - and to them, our universe is the good one, they'd much rather be in. From this premise PKD weaves in multiple characters and storylines from when he was essentially at the top of his game. Excellent book.


  • American Science fiction
  • American Political fiction
  • National socialism
  • Fiction
  • Freedom of the press
  • Slavery
  • Totalitarianism
  • Nazis
  • Jews
  • FICTION / Science Fiction / General


  • United States