Working name of South Korean author Peter Tieryas Liu (1979- ), who used his full name in earlier work, beginning with the concisely Equipoisal tales assembled as Watering Heaven (coll 2012), some of which seem nonsequitural until they lodge themselves within expected parameters of Fantastika; both Italo Calvino and Jorge Luis Borges have been cited as influences. In general, Tieryas's work is notable for its sophisticated drawing upon a wide range of story.
His first novel, Bald New World (2016), combines spoof and Satire, as its title makes clear, describing with some comic intensity the consequences of a planetary baldness plague, but drawing Dystopian conclusions from universal follicle loss. He is now best known for the United States of Japan Alternate History sequence, comprising United States of Japan (2016) and Mecha Samurai Empire (2018), in which an explicit and extensive homage of Philip K Dick's The Man in the High Castle (1962) is knowingly subverted by a move in the second volume into Military SF regions, with the titular Mecha complicatedly in evidence. In terms of the sorting language used in this encyclopedia, the series would need to be placed under the Hitler Wins rubric, but in fact the focus here is almost entirely on Japan and its satrapy, the United States of Japan, which occupies western America, and whose japonification is treated as both comic and tragic. [JC]
Peter Tieryas Liu
born Seoul, South Korea: 20 December 1979
United States of Japan
- Watering Heaven (Hong Kong: Typhoon Media/Signal 8 Press, 2012) as Peter Tieryas Liu [pb/]
collections and stories
- Bald New World (Perfect Edge Books, 2014) as Peter Tieryas Liu [coll: pb/Shutterstock]