United States of Japan

United States of Japan

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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 ]
Publisher: Nottingham UK : Angry Robot, 2017.
ISBN: 9780857667229
Branch Call Number: PB Liu
Characteristics: 446 pages ; 18 cm

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Dec 03, 2016

One of the best works of SF that I've ever read. Highly recommended, though not for the squeamish.

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