Archive for February 20th, 2009


Escape from Hell

February 20, 2009

escape-from-hell-larry-niven No, Obama isn’t resigning! Sorry for getting your hopes up!

This is about the new book by Jerry Pournelle and Larry Niven, the sequel to their book Inferno from thirty years ago. (By the way, Inferno is back in print. Hint, hint.) Deceased science-fiction writer Allen Carpenter has been all the way through Hell – which, remarkably, looks much like Dante described it – and now is trying to help others escape.

I’m only about halfway through the book, but suffice it to say that there are enough historical figures and recent cultural figures to keep you entertained as Carpenter moves through the circles of Hell. I’d recommend anything these two authors wrote, together or separately, but this is a very interesting concept, and I’m glad that they got back to exploring it after 30 years! Highly recommended!