Inferno

Larry Niven and Jerry Pournelle

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After being thrown out the window of his luxury apartment, science fiction writer Allen Carpentier wakes to find himself at the gates of hell. Feeling he's landed in a great opportunity for a book, he attempts to follow Dante's road map. Determined to meet Satan himself, Carpentier treks through the Nine Layers of Hell led by Benito Mussolini, and encounters countless mental and physical tortures. As he struggles to escape, he's taken through new, puzzling, and outlandish versions of sin--recast for the present day.  

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Chapter One

I thought about being dead.

I could remember every silly detail of that silly last performance. I was dead at the end of it. But how could I think about being dead if I had died?

I thought about that, too, after I stopped having hysterics. There was plenty of time to think.

Call me Allen Carpentier. It's the name I wrote under, and someone will remember it. I was one of the best- known science- fiction writers in the world, and I had a lot of fans. My stories weren't the kind that win awards, but they entertained and I had written a lot of them.

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"Inferno is quite literally a cake walk through hell, with a science fiction writer as Dante and Benito Mussolini as Virgil.  I kid you not, Pournelle and Niven have had the chutzpah to re-write Dante's Inferno as if they were some unholy hybrid of Roger Zelazny, Robert Heinlein, and Phil Jose Farmer.  You are right there in the nether-reaches of the ultimate Sam Peckinpah movie with all the matter-of-fact solidity of a Hal Clement novel.  It gets to you, it really does.  This being lunacy of a transcendent order."--Norman Spinrad
 
"A dazzling tour de force."--Poul Anderson on Inferno
 
"A fast, amusing and vivid book, by a writing team noted for intelligence and imagination."--Roger Zelazny on Inferno

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Larry Niven and Jerry Pournelle

Larry Niven is the award-winning author of the Ringworld series, along with many other science fiction masterpieces, and fantasy novels including the Magic Goes Away series. He has received the Nebula Award, five Hugos, four Locus Awards, two Ditmars, the Prometheus, and the Robert A. Heinlein Award, among other honors. He lives in Chatsworth, California. Jerry Pournelle is an essayist, journalist, and science fiction author. He has advanced degrees in psychology, statistics, engineering, and political science. He lives in Studio City, California.

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Inferno
Larry Niven and Jerry Pournelle

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Tom Doherty Associates
Orb Books
September 2008
Trade Paperback
ISBN: 9780765316769
ISBN10: 0765316765
5 1/2 x 8 1/4 inches, 240 pages
$13.99

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Tom Doherty Associates
Orb Books
September 2008
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ISBN: 9781429933452
ISBN10: 1429933453
5 1/2 x 8 1/4 inches, 240 pages
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