Philip Kindred Dick was an American novelist and a short story writer. He was born in Chicago in 1928 and lived most of his life in California.
The Man in the High Castle, by Philip Dick, is a Sci-fi novel that helped to define the alternative history genre and has won the Hugo Award for the best novel in 1962. The story is about the daily life of the winners and the vanquished under the fascist rule. The base is set in West-Coast America in the 1960s, when the Axis powers won the Second World War.
It’s a well-known fact that the former U.S president, Franklin Roosevelt was assassinated that had some effect on American preparations for the war. The US entered the war after the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor. New York and San Francisco were badly damaged, during the war that lasted until 1947. In the consequences, the United States has been partitioned, with Nazi-run Eastern and Japanese-run Western portions. Only the strip of Rocky Mountain States was left free, as it is a buffer zone.
In this neutral buffer zone lives the man in the high castle, the author of an underground bestseller, “The Grasshopper Lies Heavy,” a work of fiction that offers an alternative theory of world history in which the Axis lost the Second World War. The message is very simple that, both Japanese and Germans didn’t win the war in a fair manner, even though history says they won.
In short, this The Man in the High Castlebook is about the connection between history, facts and creativity, which is carefully adjusted and controlled. Moreover, this book is one of the widely published books with more than 28 editions, remaining as the finest alternative world novel ever written.