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Inferno (Volume 1)

Larry Niven and Jerry Pournelle

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Acclaimed writing pair Larry Niven and Jerry Pournelle offer a new twist on Dante's classic tale, Inferno.

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.

Praise for Inferno

“The somber beauty of Inferno brought up to the twentieth century with care and humor and some sins Dante didn’t even suspect.”
--Frank Herbert

Inferno is quite literally a cakewalk through hell, with a science fiction writer as Dante and Benito Mussolini as Virgil.”
--Norman Spinrad

“A fast, amusing, and vivid book by a writing team noted for intelligence and imagination.”
--Roger Zelazny

“A dazzling tour de force.”
--Poul Anderson


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Larry Niven and Jerry Pournelle

LARRY NIVEN is the New York Times bestselling author of the Ringworld series, along with many other science fiction masterpieces, and fantasy 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.

JERRY POURNELLE (1933-2017) was an essayist, journalist, and science fiction author. He had advanced degrees in psychology, statistics, engineering, and political science. As a science fiction author, he is best known for his many collaborations with Larry Niven, including Inferno, Beowulf's Children and The Mote in God's Eye.

Pournelle was the first ever winner of the John W. Campbell Award for Best new Writer in 1973.

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