The Man in the High Castle and Philosophy

Author: Bruce Krajewski
Publisher: Open Court Publishing
ISBN: 9780812699685
Release Date: 2017-08-04
Genre: Philosophy

The Man in the High Castle is an Amazon TV show, based on the Philip K. Dick novel, about an “alternate present” (beginning in the 1960s) in which Germany and Japan won World War II, with the former Western US occupied by Japan, the former Eastern US occupied by Nazi Germany, and a small “neutral zone” between them. A theme of the story is that in this alternative world there is eager speculation, fueled by the illicit newsreel, The Grasshopper Lies Heavy, about how the world would have been different if America had won the war. In The Man in the High Castle and Philosophy, twenty-two professional thinkers look at philosophical issues raised by this ongoing enterprise in “alternative history.” One question is whether it really made a profound difference that the Allies won the war, and exactly what differences in everyday life we may expect to arise from an apparent historical turning point. Could it be that some dramatic historical events have only superficial consequences, while some unnoticed occurrences lead to catastrophic results? Another topic is the quest for truth in a world of government misinformation, and how dissenting organizations can make headway.

The Man in the High Castle

Author: Philip K. Dick
Publisher: Penguin Books Limited
ISBN: 0241968097
Release Date: 2014-08-14
Genre: Fiction

'Truth, she thought, as terrible as death but harder to find . . .' America, fifteen years after the end of the Second World War. The winning Axis powers have divided their spoils: the Nazis control New York, while California is ruled by the Japanese. But between these two states - locked in a cold war - lies a neutal buffer zone in which legendary author Hawthorne Abendsen is rumoured to live. Abendsen lives in fear of his life for he has written a book in which World War Two was won by the Allies . . . 'California's own William Blake. Visionary and prophet. Novelist of ideas.' Daily Telegraph

The Man in the High Castle

Author: Philip K. Dick
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
ISBN: 9780547601205
Release Date: 2012-01-24
Genre: Fiction

“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

1962 Novels

Author: Books, LLC
Publisher: Books LLC
ISBN: 115615538X
Release Date: 2010-05
Genre: Travel

Commentary (novels not included). Chapters: A Clockwork Orange, The Man in the High Castle, The IPCRESS File, Pale Fire, Lilies of the Field, A Wrinkle in Time, Something Wicked This Way Comes, One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest, One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich, Seven Days in May, Fire on the Mountain, After Doomsday, Gambit, The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie, The Spy Who Loved Me, Island, The Mirror Crack'd from Side to Side, Hothouse, Service with a Smile, Harm's Way, Beebo Brinker, Space Apprentice, The Wanting Seed, Cover Her Face, Fail-Safe, Little Fuzzy, King Rat, We Have Always Lived in the Castle, A Key to the Suite, The Drowned World, Letting Go, Woman in the Dunes, The Reivers, Another Country, Ship of Fools, The Twelve and the Genii, The Girl, the Gold Watch & Everything, The Garden of the Finzi-Continis, The Satan Bug, Worlds of the Imperium, Down There on a Visit, A Murder of Quality, The Golden Notebook, Big Sur, The Kindly Ones, The Thin Red Line, Necromancer, The Death of Artemio Cruz, Escape Attempt, The Bull from the Sea, The Planet Savers, The World in Winter, The Hoodwinkers, The Clue of the Screeching Owl, The Ticket That Exploded, Hornblower and the Hotspur, The Old Capital, The Time of the Doves, Secret Agent of Terra, Owls in the Family, In Evil Hour, Explosion in a Cathedral, The Girl Hunters, The Great Explosion, A Girl from L beck, The Clue of the Dancing Puppet, The Rose of Tibet, The Golden Rendezvous, Five Have a Mystery to Solve, The Philosophical Corps, The Sword of Aldones, The Demoniacs, The Cry of the Owl, The Well Dressed Explorer, The Sand Pebbles, Cleopatra, Murderers' Row, A Shade of Difference, The Silencers, The Jewels of Aptor, The Cupboard Under the Stairs, The Nonesuch, The Super Barbarians, Memoirs of a Spacewoman, Caravans, The Night in Lisbon, Portrait of a Young Man Drowning, Aura, The Hunter, Miners Hill, Dead Cert, Maria Light, Life at the Top, Bomarzo, Ginger You're Barmy, On the Way Home, Expedition Venus, Mi...

The Grasshopper Lies Heavy

Author: Chandler Duke
Publisher:
ISBN: 1520331991
Release Date: 2015-07-24
Genre:

1966 -- a century after the Confederate States of America won the Civil War -- the Cold War rages. The Soviets control the west coast. The British have The Colonies. The Confederacy is a powder keg in the middle. A terrorist attack in dystopian Atlanta lights the fuse. A Captain in the KKK grows disillusioned with his country. A widow who won't grieve grows disillusioned with herself. A slave working at a weapons factory reaches his limits. A British invasion of Black Panthers. A Russian spy hides in plain sight. A President cashes in his chips. The Grasshopper Lies Heavy tells the story of an America on the brink- of war, of identity, of starting over.

Assault with a Deadly Lie

Author: Lev Raphael
Publisher: University of Wisconsin Pres
ISBN: 9780299302306
Release Date: 2014-10-14
Genre: Fiction

Successful professor Nick Hoffman finds his secure, happy, college-town life changed forever after a nightmarish encounter with police. A novel of suspense set in the academic world, Assault with a Deadly Lie probes the disturbing psychological impact of slander, harassment, stalking, police brutality, and the loss of personal safety.

United States of Japan

Author: Peter Tieryas
Publisher: Watkins Media Limited
ISBN: 9780857665348
Release Date: 2016-03-01
Genre: Fiction

Decades ago, Japan won the Second World War. Americans worship their infallible Emperor, and nobody believes that Japan’s conduct in the war was anything but exemplary. Nobody, that is, except the George Washingtons – a shadowy group of rebels fighting for freedom. Their latest subversive tactic is to distribute an illegal video game that asks players to imagine what the world might be like if the United States had won the war instead. Captain Beniko Ishimura’s job is to censor video games, and he’s tasked with getting to the bottom of this disturbing new development. But Ishimura’s hiding something… He’s slowly been discovering that the case of the George Washingtons is more complicated than it seems, and the subversive videogame’s origins are even more controversial and dangerous than the censors originally suspected. Part detective story, part brutal alternate history, United States of Japan is a stunning successor to Philip K Dick’s The Man in the High Castle. File under: Science Fiction [ Gamechanger | Area #11 | Robot Wars | Strike Back the Empire ]

Bring the Jubilee

Author: Ward Moore
Publisher: Open Road Media
ISBN: 9781504044639
Release Date: 2017-06-06
Genre: Fiction

What if the South Had Won the Civil War?The landmark alternate history novel by “one of the best American writers” (Ray Bradbury). In the world of this novel, said to be an inspiration for Philip K. Dick’s The Man in the High Castle, the Confederacy has triumphed and become an imperialist nation. What is left of the United States has been drained of its resources and is trapped in a depression. Hodge, a young man living in a village in rural New York with his parents, decides to head to the city to escape his otherwise inevitable future of poverty and indentured servitude. But the specter of war between the Confederacy and the other great global power, the German Union, haunts the entire region, and a nationalist terrorist group has other plans for Hodge. Before long, he is swept up in the politics of the day and becomes involved with a beautiful physicist who is working on a machine intended to change his fate—and the fate of the world. Long before Harry Turtledove’s The Guns of the South, Bring the Jubilee was the first novel to pose the question “What if the South had won the Civil War?” A counterfactual classic, it was included in renowned science fiction editor David Pringle’s list of the 100 Best Science Fiction Novels. This ebook features an illustrated biography of Ward Moore including rare images from the author’s estate.

A Case of Conscience

Author: James Blish
Publisher: Open Road Media
ISBN: 9781504042444
Release Date: 2017-01-24
Genre: Fiction

The author of the Cities in Flight saga explores the conflicting demands of science, faith, and human feeling in this Hugo Award–winning novel. Father Ruiz-Sanchez is a dedicated man, a Jesuit priest who is also a scientist, and a scientist who is also a human being. He doesn’t feel any genuine conflicts in his belief system—until he is sent to Lithia. The reptilian inhabitants of this distant world appear to be admirable in every way. Untroubled by greed or lust, they live in peace. But they have no concept of God, no literature, and no art. They rely purely on cold reason. But something darker lies beneath the surface: Do the Lithians pose a hidden threat? The answers that unfold could affect the fate of two worlds. Will Ruiz-Sanchez, a priest driven by his deeply human understanding of good and evil, do the right thing when confronted by a race that is alien to its core? The Science Fiction Encyclopedia lauds A Case of Conscience as “one of the first serious attempts to deal with religion [in science fiction], and [it] remains one of the most sophisticated. It is generally regarded as an SF classic.” Readers of Isaac Asimov’s Foundation Trilogy, Mary Doria Russell’s The Sparrow, or Walter M. Miller Jr.’s A Canticle for Leibowitz will find this award-winning novel a gripping, compelling exploration of some of the most intractable and important questions faced by the human species. Includes an introduction by Hugo and Nebula Award–winning author Greg Bear.

Critical Theory and Science Fiction

Author: Carl Freedman
Publisher: Wesleyan University Press
ISBN: 9780819574541
Release Date: 2013-09-01
Genre: Fiction

Carl Freedman traces the fundamental and mostly unexamined relationships between the discourses of science fiction and critical theory, arguing that science fiction is (or ought to be) a privileged genre for critical theory. He asserts that it is no accident that the upsurge of academic interest in science fiction since the 1970s coincides with the heyday of literary theory, and that likewise science fiction is one of the most theoretically informed areas of the literary profession. Extended readings of novels by five of the most important modern science fiction authors illustrate the affinity between science fiction and critical theory, in each case concentrating on one major novel that resonates with concerns proper to critical theory. Freedman’s five readings are: Solaris: Stanislaw Lem and the Structure of Cognition; The Dispossessed: Ursula LeGuin and the Ambiguities of Utopia; The Two of Them: Joanna Russ and the Violence of Gender; Stars in My Pocket Like Grains of Sand: Samuel Delany and the Dialectics of Difference; The Man in the High Castle: Philip K. Dick and the Construction of Realities.

Red Queen

Author: Victoria Aveyard
Publisher: Harper Collins
ISBN: 9780062310651
Release Date: 2015-02-10
Genre: Young Adult Fiction

The #1 New York Times bestselling series! Red Queen, by #1 New York Times bestselling author Victoria Aveyard, is a sweeping tale of power, intrigue, and betrayal, perfect for fans of George R.R. Martin’s Game of Thrones series. Mare Barrow's world is divided by blood—those with common, Red blood serve the Silver-blooded elite, who are gifted with superhuman abilities. Mare is a Red, scraping by as a thief in a poor, rural village, until a twist of fate throws her in front of the Silver court. Before the king, princes, and all the nobles, she discovers she has an ability of her own. To cover up this impossibility, the king forces her to play the role of a lost Silver princess and betroths her to one of his own sons. As Mare is drawn further into the Silver world, she risks everything and uses her new position to help the Scarlet Guard—a growing Red rebellion—even as her heart tugs her in an impossible direction. One wrong move can lead to her death, but in the dangerous game she plays, the only certainty is betrayal. And don’t miss War Storm, the thrilling final book in the bestselling Red Queen series!

Ubik

Author: Philip K. Dick
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
ISBN: 9780547572291
Release Date: 2012
Genre: FICTION

A dead man sends haunting warnings back from the grave, and Joe Chip must solve these mysteries to determine his own real or surreal existence.

The Philip K Dick Reader

Author: Philip K. Dick
Publisher: Citadel Press
ISBN: 0806518561
Release Date: 1997
Genre: Fiction

Gathers twenty-four science fiction stories, including "We Can Remember It for You Wholesale," "Second Variety," "The Golden Man," and "The Last of the Masters"

Dr Bloodmoney

Author: Philip K. Dick
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
ISBN: 9780547840482
Release Date: 2012-10-23
Genre: Fiction

"A masterpiece."—Roberto Bolaño What happens after the bombs drop? This is the troubling question Philip K. Dick addresses with Dr. Bloodmoney, or How We Got Along After the Bomb. It is the story of a world reeling from the effects of nuclear annihilation and fallout, a world where mutated humans and animals are the norm, and the scattered survivors take comfort from a disc jockey endlessly circling the globe in a broken-down satellite. And hidden amongst the survivors is Dr. Bloodmoney himself, the man responsible for it all. This bizarre cast of characters cajole, seduce, and backstab in their attempts to get ahead in what is left of the world, consequences and casualties be damned. A sort of companion to Dr. Strangelove, an unofficial and unhinged sequel, Dick’s novel is just as full of dark comedy and just as chilling.

Valis

Author: Philip K. Dick
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
ISBN: 9780547572413
Release Date: 2011
Genre: Fiction

The first book in Philip K. Dick's final trilogy (followed by The Divine Invasion andThe Transmigration of Timothy Archer), VALIS encapsulates many of the themes that Dick was obsessed with over the course of his career. A disorienting and bleakly funny novel,VALIS (which stands for Vast Active Living Intelligence System) is about a schizophrenic man named Horselover Fat (who just might also be known as Philip Dick); the hidden mysteries of Gnostic Christianity; and reality as revealed through a pink laser.VALIS is a theological detective story, in which God is both a missing person and the perpetrator of the ultimate crime. Taking place in the same universe as Dick's soon-to-be-published Exegesis,VALIS is a dense novel, but one that is absolutely essential to understanding the author's off-kilter worldview. Much like Dick himself, the reader is left wondering what is real, what is fiction, and what the price is for divine inspiration.