As you may have seen, we have a brand new, fresh-off-the-production-line, shiny new robot, in the form of Peter Tieryas. *Does happy robot dance*
Due for release in March 2016, Peter’s forthcoming novel, United States of Japan – billed as the spiritual sequel to Philip K. Dick’s The Man in the High Castle – is set in a gripping alternate history where the Japanese Empire rules over America with huge robots.
Here’s the official synopsis:
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.
Peter’s previous novel, Bald New World (Perfect Edge) was listed as one of Buzzfeed’s 15 Highly Anticipated Books and one of Publishers Weekly‘s Best Science Fiction Books of 2014.
When not writing, Peter is a character artist and has worked on films including Guardians of the Galaxy, Alice in Wonderland and Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs 2.