by Larry Niven & Jerry Pournelle
Cover Artist: Stephan Martiniere
Review by Andrew Brooks
Orb Books Paperback ISBN/ITEM#: 9780765316769
Date: 02 September 2008 List Price $12.95 Amazon US / Amazon UK / Show Article /
Science fiction writer Alan Carpentier, drunk and trying to impress fans at a con, falls from a hotel window and wakes up in a close approximation of Dante's Hell. This isn't a cautionary tale of what to avoid at cons (that could be a whole other novel), but the intro to Larry Niven and Jerry Pournelle's classic Inferno. Reprinted in anticipation of a long awaited sequel, the forthcoming Escape from Hell. Inferno follows Alan through the levels of Hell as he not only attempts to make sense of why he's there, but also tries to escape with the aid of a guide named Benito, who's in Hell for reasons it takes Alan a while to catch on to. Inferno isn't just a rehash of Dante's Hell, and Alan's journey of discovery isn't just to showcase the kinds of hellish landscapes Pournelle and Niven could think up. Inferno is about the journey, the physical and the emotional, and thirty years on it's still a great read. From official release/information:
Product Description: 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.
(Source: Orb Books)