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Inferno Paperback – September 2, 2008
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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
About the Author
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 (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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It's a very well paced read, with no part of the novel ever getting long in the tooth, or feeling like it is a one-trick pony. I've read and enjoyed this novel several times.
For young adults, this novel can also be a great segue in getting them interested in tackling the original work.
I knew English professors in college who required their students to read this before trying to tackle Dante's Inferno to help the students better understand what Dante was talking about. Excellent and thought-provoking.
This last time though, I was able to read it in a better frame of mind and found it still a good read but without the fright it brought to me the first time. I also very much enjoyed the ending to the book.
I think it is a good book but also know that many may find it a hard read.
Great book, wish they would write more together. Lucifer's Hammer is my absolute (non-horror) book.
This is an awesome story and worth every penny I paid to get the hardbound addition when it was new. I recommend it HIGHLY!
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