>A spiritual sequel to The Man In The High Castle, focusing on the New Japanese Empire, from an acclaimed author and essayist.
>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 group of rebels fighting for freedom. Their latest terrorist 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…kind of. 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.
>Art by John Liberto (http://www.johnliberto.com/)
In the event anyone didn't already catch wind of this.
>A spiritual sequel to The Man In The High Castle
I must've completely missed out the giant robo battles in the original novel. Could happen, what with all that talk about Kabbala demons.
Not just robots, but robots clearly inspired by that Del Torro movie.
>modern sci-fi writers
Ah, well. The robots do look nice.
>It's not a "rip-off", guys, it's a "spiritual sequel"!
It is a bit weird - it's like the phrase "inspired by" wasn't good enough for whoever came up with that, so they just mashed "spiritual successor" and "sequel" together. That's really dumb. And I can see it leading to dumb things.
To be fair, the world needs more PKD wannabes.
Chohei Kambayashi is great and all but if you haven't noticed we still don't have Unbroken Arrow translated, let alone any of his other works.
Same reason it'd have giant robots - because it fits the national stereotype. I'm sure there'll be some token twist that turns everything upside down, though.
That said, the author could probably justify it. Really, the only thing Japan picked up after WWII that would either be nonexistent or unrecognizable is wrestling, and everything that stems from that.
A boy falls in love with a girl.
Unable to confess, he is gifted with by a deus ex machina with the girl's phone number. Never minding the strange area code, he immediately calls her, and is overjoyed to find out that she has a crush on him as well.
But, the next day, when he recounts the previous day's confessions to the girl, she only looks at him with a perplexed expression. After some investigation, he finds out that the girl he called is not the same girl he fell in love with. In fact, she doesn't exist in this universe at all. She is the girl's alternate universe counterpart, who has fallen in love with the MC's own AU self, who too is blissfully unaware of her crush.
Hijinks ensue as the two strike up a deal to give each other their darkest, most private secrets in order to equip the other with the weapons they need to conquer the heart of their other selves. While the two chase their respective loved ones, DRAMA ensues as they begin to fall in love with each other instead and question the NATURE of LOVE.
It's ok; it later gets its V-fins and thruster pack you see in the other images.
Then again John Liberto also did concept art for Halo, so the helmet isn't surprising. Did he also do concepts for Pacific Rim?