Award-winning science fiction authors Larry Niven (Ringworld) and Jerry Pournelle (Fallen Angels) update Dante’s Inferno for the twentieth century. Sci-fi author Allen Carpentier travels through a decidedly modern Nine Layers of Hell, escorted by Benito Mussolini, in search of Satan—and inspiration for his next book. Later, haunted by his experiences, he partners with Sylvia Plath to break free the damned.
“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, author of Dune
“Inferno is quite literally a cakewalk through hell, with a science fiction writer as Dante and Benito Mussolini as Virgil.”
–Norman Spinrad, author of Child of Fortune
Larry Niven is the award-winning author of the Ringworld series, along with many other science fiction masterpieces and fantasy including the Magic Goes Away series. His Beowulf's Children, co-authored with Jerry Pournelle and Steven Barnes, was a New York Times bestseller. 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 (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.