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Written by Larry Niven and Jerry Pournelle


Published in 1976 by


Title 1 in
Inferno series.


Cover Notes

Inferno is based upon the hell described in Dante's Inferno. However, it adds a modern twist to the story. The story is told in the first person by Allen Carpentier (né Carpenter), an agnostic science fiction writer who died in a failed attempt to entertain his fans at a Science fiction convention party. He is only released, after many decades, from a Djinn-bottle in the Vestibule on the outer edge to Hell when he finally calls upon God for mercy. Upon release he is met by Benito, a Virgil-like figure whose full identity is not immediately apparent. Benito offers to take him out of Hell by bringing him to the center.

Publication History

This title was serialised in the following publications:

  1. Galaxy Science Fiction (Aug, 1975)
  1. Galaxy Science Fiction (Sep, 1975)
  1. Galaxy Science Fiction (Oct, 1975)

Publication history in print: