Friday, January 16, 2015

Alternate History Is Coming To Alternate Television On Amazon

He's responsible for Total Recall, Minority Report, Blade Runner, The Adjustment Bureau, Screamers, A Scanner Darkly, and much much more, but you probably have no idea who he is.  Now he has another adaptation coming your way, and boy does it sound cool.

Phillip K. Dick, the writer you might not have heard of but is perhaps the most prolific science fiction writer of all time, as far as classic movies go, is getting another one of his works adapted for your viewing pleasure. Amazon has released the pilot for their series translation of Philip K Dick's novel Man In The High Castle, set in an alternate universe where Germany and Japan won World War II.  For a person who absolutely loves history (me), and thus thinking about/consuming alternate history stories, this is very exciting.

Well, we are in trouble now.

OK, the clips below are a little out of context and some of them are in crappy quality. But you can currently watch the pilot over at Amazon Prime if you are so inclined. The sets are drop-dead gorgeous, the setting is wonderful, and who doesn't love to hate Nazis?  I don't know where it came from, but this revival of alternate history in the mainstream has got me hot.  (Also see Wolfenstein: The New Order, one of last year's best games, and another "Nazis won and it's fucked" stories.

Here's the plot synopsis for you as well:

Based on Philip K. Dick's Hugo Award-winning 1962 alternative history novel, one-hour drama pilot THE MAN IN THE HIGHCASTLE explores what would have happened if the Allied Powers had lost World War II, debuting January 15, 2015 on Amazon Prime Instant Video in the U.S., U.K. and Germany. Some 17 years after that loss, the United States and much of the world has now been split between Japan and Germany, the dominating global powers. As tension mounts between the two hegemonic states, a resistance builds as the United States citizens rise against the oppressive regimes.
While Germany controls much of the East Coast and Japan controls the West Coast, the Rocky Mountains have become a "neutral zone" — and ground zero for a rebellion, led by a mysterious figure known only as "the Man in the High Castle." As people struggle with freedom, fear, equality, diversity and ideology, some accept their lives, but others question the authenticity of their history and the government's information. Among them are heroes, leaders, spies, pacifists, tyrants, rebels, enablers and sympathizers.

Cool stuff.

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