United States of Japan
Overview - 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 shadowy group of rebels fighting for freedom. Read more...
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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 shadowy group of rebels fighting for freedom. Their latest subversive 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... 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.
Part detective story, part brutal alternate history, United States of Japan
is a stunning successor to Philip K Dick's The Man in the High Castle
. File under:
Science Fiction Gamechanger - Area #11 - Robot Wars - Strike Back the Empire ]
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This unengaging and clumsily written alternate history, in which the U.S. lost WWII, doesn’t demonstrate the talent of Tieryas’s Bald New World. The opening line is gripping—“The death of the United States of America began with a series of signatures”—and it’s followed by the dramatic liberation of a Japanese-American internment camp by the Imperial Japanese Army. The liberators announce that the U.S. has surrendered and that the country will now be known as the United States of Japan. The novel follows the lives of two of the camp’s residents, Ezekiel Song and Ruth Ishimura, in an increasingly repressive world. But the story line is marred by thin characterizations, baroque prose, and gaps in Tieryas’s worldbuilding, in which major developments are relegated to mere passing references. Agent: Judith Hansen, Judith Hansen Literary. (Mar.)