I have just finished reading Philip K. Dick’s The Man in the High Castle. It’s typically classed as a work of science fiction but it’s actually more a dystopia in the style of Huxley’s Brave New World, the science (in Dick’s case, transcontinental rocket flights) being incidental to a clever plot. The basic ‘what if’ conceit is that the Axis powers won a protracted Second World War and divided up the US between themselves, with American culture being subjugated and authentic American artefacts becoming collector’s items. It’s cleverly written, with lots of internal dialogue in a clipped ‘Japanese American’. The Japanese and German parts of America are uneasy neighbours and the man in the high castle of the title is an author who, against this backdrop, has written a bestselling novel whose basic ‘what if’ conceit is what if the Axis powers had lost? An excellent read.