Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Colorado looms large in The Man in the High Castle

Posted By on Wed, Jan 21, 2015 at 3:45 PM

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Fans of author Philip K. Dick are probably already familiar with his 1962 novel The Man in the High Castle, but for anyone who hasn't heard, Amazon turned it into a TV show. Here's how The Verge eloquently describes it:
Compared to unfilmable fever dreams like Ubik and VALIS, The Man in the High Castle is one of Dick's less mind-bending books. Most of it speculates on a familiar theme: what if the Allies had lost World War II? Two decades after an Axis victory, Germany and Japan each rule half the United States in an uneasy truce, and no one is satisfied by how things turned out. Hitler's impending death has created a power vacuum, the Japanese are well aware that they're not safe from the Nazis' genocidal ambitions, and Americans are either erasing their culture or selling it off piece by piece to kitsch-obsessed Japanese businessmen.
The site is less impressed with the rest of it.

The hook for us is that much of it is set in CaƱon City.You can watch the first episode for free here. Having not read the book, I can say the show seems to hold up well, although it's not always clear why certain things have changed since the U.S. lost the war and why certain things haven't. (For instance, music still sounds like the 1940s, assumedly because rock and roll never happened, but none of the military uniforms or propaganda looks any different from what you might see at a Nuremberg Rally.)

Either way, it was a fine way to kill an hour.

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