Monday, October 11, 2010

The Man in the High Castle

The Man in the High Castle, by Philip K. Dick, is considered a classic of alternate history fiction. This Hugo Award winning novel is set in a world where the Allies lost World War II; dominated by Nazi Germany, Imperial Japan, and the other pro-fascist nations.

The Guardian reports that Ridley Scott is preparing a BBC miniseries based on the novel. Earlier in his career, Scott had great success adapting Dick's novel of a robotic future, Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?, as the film Blade Runner.

To get map lovers in the mood, offers this map of the world after the fall:

While I always appreciate any attempt to create maps of alternate futures, I found this map maker to be a bit lazy... What? Did Italy fill in the Mediterranean Sea, just so their empire would look bigger?

More Alternate History maps on Cartophilia

HT to Josh Calder

UPDATE: OK, I'm an idiot. Thanks to Ben for pointing out that yes, the Nazis DO actually drain the Mediterranean Sea in this book. I'm a big fan of alternate history, but this is one I haven't read yet. I will correct that deficiency.

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At Monday, October 11, 2010 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

The reason the mediterranean is filled in isn't laziness, the Nazis actually do drain the sea to create more farmland. It's a fantastic book!

- Ben

At Monday, October 11, 2010 , Blogger Cartophiliac said...

Thanks, Ben.

Correction noted.

At Thursday, October 14, 2010 , Blogger Michael5000 said...

A client state of Imperial Japan? Aww, crap. There goes the neighborhood.

At Friday, October 22, 2010 , Blogger kashgar216 said...

It's like the board game Axis & Allies, gone horribly wrong...for the Allies.


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