Philip K. Dick’s The Man in the High Castle is an unquestionable classic of more than one genre: a haunting alternate history, a dark and daring science fiction tale, a reality-warping work of philosophy. It’s a book that grabs you and really never lets go. It certainly doesn’t appear to have abandoned Peter Tieryas, the celebrated author of Bald New World: in 2016, Angry Robot will publish his next book, United States of Japan, a spiritual sequel to Dick’s masterwork that updates the what if?—what if a victorious Japan had occupied the U.S. post WWII?—and adds giant robots. Because of course it does.
Who doesn’t love giant robots? Certainly not Angry Robot—you can’t hate your own kind, right? We’re pleased the publisher has given us a chance to show off the cover for Tieryas’ book, featuring artwork by John Liberto. You can see the full image following the back cover blurb.
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 group of rebels fighting for freedom. Their latest terrorist 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…kind of. 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.
Peter Tieryas is a character artist who has worked on films like Guardians of the Galaxy, Alice in Wonderland, and Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2. His novel Bald New World was listed as one of Publishers Weekly’s Best Science Fiction Books of Summer 2014. You can find him online at his website and @TieryasXu on Twitter.
Check back later today for a guest post from the author!