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If anyone is interested, Amazon Prime has the first two episodes up for free this weekend here. I've become a very big fan of the show very quickly. The entire season is released on November 20th!
This screenshot is from the Amazon show "The Man in the High Castle" and depicts the 1962 version of what the Nazis have accomplished in SST. The show itself is an alternate history with the Nazi and Imperial Japanese forces winning WWII.
The speculation that the interest in alternate universe coincides with the Amazon TV Show based on PKDicks's Man in the high castle as lefties tend to like scifi, and have Amazon services.
Oddly enough from another 'friend' I also got the alternate universe spiel. It really is a thing.
It's still being shopped around to various studios, according to CCP's lead IP developer.
If I remember correctly from a roundtable discussion at EVE Vegas a couple weeks ago, they're currently in talks with the producers of The Man In The High Castle.
Here are some! I tried to focus on female characters and have speculative, or mind-bending, elements like in The OA.
The Gone World by Tom Sweterlitsch -- it features a strong female character like OA, who can also travel the multi-verse, just like The OA. It's a really mind-bending story, just like the show, with lots of twists. It's a sci-fi/noir novel, that is like part X-Files and part a bunch of other strangeness. Some of the imagery is really surreal, both wondrous and scary. It's about a female agent investigating a murder of a family on an alt-Earth in the 1990s, but wrapped around this is a tale about parallel universes, time-travel, deep space travel, and a whole lot more. Highly recommended. The audiobook version is also narrated really well too.
The Man in the High Castle by Philip K. Dick-- while I love the book, it is polarizing, so it's not for everyone. Like OA, it deals with alternate worlds, and the questioning of reality, and one of the main characters, Juliana, is a key character in the story -- she has an unusual link to the question about multi-verses. The book is rather light on plot, as it's more of a slice-of-life look at living in an alternate reality, where the existence of another reality (in the form of a book that the characters are reading), makes you question your own reality. So fair warning, it's not a conventional novel as Philip K. Dick is doing some very weird meta things in the book. I love it though but many people dislike the ending or outright dislike the book.
You may instead prefer to watch the Amazon TV show-adaptation, though, as it's more straightforwardly told, and Juliana is featured more. Like OA, she has a unique power and she's the main focus of the TV series. It starts out slow but by season two and three, it picks up.
u/SimsAddict44 suggestion of Cloud Atlas is good. It doesn't deal with multi-verses, but it is a mind-bending book which spans eons, so it's kind of like time-travel as you jump from one story to the next. It's one of my favorites by David Mitchell. Don't be put off by the initial chapter as Mitchell emulates the writing style of each era he is describing. It'll get easier to read as you go along (until later, where it gets weird again). Stick with it. At its core, it's a set of interlinked short stories, that are linked by a theme. It'll definitely make you think because of the unusual format of the book -- the stories are split in half and ordered in reverse order in the second-half of the book.
Parable of the Sower by Octavia Butler -- Butler is one of my favorite speculative fiction writers and this book is specifically mentioned in The OA. It's the book that Karim buys at the bookstore to have delivered to the British woman in the wheelchair. This is a great sci-fi book set in the near-future where the world is in chaos and it features a strong female character. It's book one of a trilogy. Butler likes to deal with gender and race issues in a speculative fiction format, in the same way Brit Marling explores with similar and other kinds of of topics in The OA.
Blind Assassin by Margaret Atwood -- like Butler, Atwood is another great speculative fiction writer. Atwood's prose is amazing. This novel is set in the past, around a mystery in 1940s, featuring a female character, Iris. But within this novel, is another novel about two unnamed lovers. It's part mystery, part sci-fi, and a touch of romance. This novel won the Man Booker Prize, and it will have you thinking as well. Highly recommended.
Also recommended are Atwood's two TV series that have been adapted from her books: Alias Grace (on Netflix) and The Handmaid's Tale (on Hulu) -- the original books are great too. Also Atwood's Oryx and Crake novel is also really good if you want a post-apocalyptic novel. It features an unusual storytelling structure that will have you thinking as well.
El hombre en el castillo es una novela de Philip K. Dick que transcurre en un mundo donde el eje ganó la segunda guerra. En la novela, el hombre en el castillo es un personaje que escribió un libro, "La langosta se ha posado", narrando los hechos como ocurrieron en nuestro mundo.
La novela es muy buena, más si te gustan los relatos de Philip donde nunca se sabe qué es real, qué no, ni qué es la realidad. El año pasado Amazon hizo una serie, producida por Ridley Scott, basada en el libro.
They will soon have the new Top Gear in 2016. That is reason enough to have Amazon.
Their other original series (future projects not listed): https://studios.amazon.com/amazon-originals/series
Man in the High Castle looks great and comes out in November: https://www.amazon.com/The-Man-High-Castle-Season/dp/B00RSGIVVO?_encoding=UTF8&*Version*=1&*entries*=0
Future projects: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_original_programs_distributed_by_Amazon#Future_programming
Wait a moment... are you proposing to give up our historic allies
in Europe, in exchange for a Russia/US alliance against them? I love fictional history as much as the next guy, but, that's pretty darn out there.
I can't perceive of what you're proposing. Why would Russia go after France with such vigor? They're not even adjacent countries. They're not even the most powerful country in Europe militarily or economically.
Such a global shake up, of the scale you're proposing, would almost certainly cause World War III, and no one wants that.
You do know why Russia is trying to undermine the European Union and the United States? It's because of the Magnitsky Act.
In short, it was revealed how Putin gained his power when he returned to office. Yes, Putin has reigned for non-sequential terms because he met the term limit, which he then manipulated to remove, so that he could return. Putin offered the richest, most powerful, and most corrupt, called oligarchs, immunity from the law in exchange for HALF of their money. That is how Putin went from "just rich" to becoming the richest man in the world.
When the rest of the world found out, the Magnitsky act was created, first passed in the United States, then Europe. It says Russian oligarchs can't spend their money in our countries.
This puts Putin in a terrible position. He promised the oligarchs unlimited reign, but now they can't spend their money in any of the "nice countries." They don't want to spend their money in Russia because it's a corrupt wasteland. It's only a matter of time before the oligarchs turn on Putin, realizing they're not getting what they paid for.
On a side note, read about the history about Magnitsky, the person that the act was named after. The Russians were incredibly cruel and heartless to him, his family, and his friends... not the kind of people you want to be best buddies with.
The evil and corrupt are fighting like their livelihoods depend on it, why aren't we? Push the needle toward justice:
No exaggeration: flood them with your daily disgust. No one will save us but ourselves.
"The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing." - Edmund Burke
Yeah, it turns out my TV had it right up front, rather than the standard version. I wanted to add it to my watchlist from the computer, but since it was featured it didn't matter much. In fact, being on a HDR capable set had everything from Amazon defaulting to the UHD bannered versions. In case you haven't tried fighting this yourself though, observe:
It makes it annoying to do list manipulation on something with a keyboard, but technically doable since the apps know what you can do and pick for you.
Anyway, yes, this show does look amazing in the full HDR glory.
I believe Amazon Video has a documentary on that very question...
Daredevil was amazingly well done for a superhero show on Netflix. Also, "Man in the High Castle" is an interesting series about if the Axis powers had won WWII. It's based on Phillip K. Dick's novel of the same name.
It was released today, I think you'll be impressed. http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00RSGIVVO/
Don't be disappointed, it came out today and turned out great. Joe Blake IS a book character, just the last name has been changed. http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00RSGIVVO/