History Literature / Inferno

14th Aug '16 11:02:57 AM nombretomado
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''Inferno'', by Creator/LarryNiven and Jerry Pournelle, is a [[RecycledINSPACE modern retelling]] and {{Deconstruction}} of the first part of ''The DivineComedy,'' with OntologicalMystery elements. The protagonist is a science-fiction author named Allen Carpentier (real name Carpenter - [[MyNaymeIs he added the "i" to sound more interesting]]), who finds himself consigned to Hell after drunkenly falling off a window ledge at a convention. A mysterious figure called Benito (whom he calls "Benny" for short) rescues him from imprisonment in a brass jar, and then begins leading him to the exit Dante used at the very center of Hell, which is supposed to lead to Purgatory.

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''Inferno'', by Creator/LarryNiven and Jerry Pournelle, is a [[RecycledINSPACE modern retelling]] and {{Deconstruction}} of the first part of ''The DivineComedy,'' ''Literature/TheDivineComedy'', with OntologicalMystery elements. The protagonist is a science-fiction author named Allen Carpentier (real name Carpenter - [[MyNaymeIs he added the "i" to sound more interesting]]), who finds himself consigned to Hell after drunkenly falling off a window ledge at a convention. A mysterious figure called Benito (whom he calls "Benny" for short) rescues him from imprisonment in a brass jar, and then begins leading him to the exit Dante used at the very center of Hell, which is supposed to lead to Purgatory.



** "This has been willed where what is willed must be": From the original DivineComedy, this served to pass many barriers. Which makes sense because if you live in Hell, you really don't want to make waves with those serving the will of God or Heaven.

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** "This has been willed where what is willed must be": From the original DivineComedy, ''Literature/DivineComedy'', this served to pass many barriers. Which makes sense because if you live in Hell, you really don't want to make waves with those serving the will of God or Heaven.
24th Oct '15 8:40:01 AM Pavlov
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''Inferno'', by Creator/LarryNiven and Creator/JerryPournelle, is a [[RecycledINSPACE modern retelling]] and {{Deconstruction}} of the first part of ''The DivineComedy,'' with OntologicalMystery elements. The protagonist is a science-fiction author named Allen Carpentier (real name Carpenter - [[MyNaymeIs he added the "i" to sound more interesting]]), who finds himself consigned to Hell after drunkenly falling off a window ledge at a convention. A mysterious figure called Benito (whom he calls "Benny" for short) rescues him from imprisonment in a brass jar, and then begins leading him to the exit Dante used at the very center of Hell, which is supposed to lead to Purgatory.

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''Inferno'', by Creator/LarryNiven and Creator/JerryPournelle, Jerry Pournelle, is a [[RecycledINSPACE modern retelling]] and {{Deconstruction}} of the first part of ''The DivineComedy,'' with OntologicalMystery elements. The protagonist is a science-fiction author named Allen Carpentier (real name Carpenter - [[MyNaymeIs he added the "i" to sound more interesting]]), who finds himself consigned to Hell after drunkenly falling off a window ledge at a convention. A mysterious figure called Benito (whom he calls "Benny" for short) rescues him from imprisonment in a brass jar, and then begins leading him to the exit Dante used at the very center of Hell, which is supposed to lead to Purgatory.
30th Sep '15 12:24:32 AM TroperBrink
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* ConscienceMakesYouGoBack: [[spoiler: Carpent(i)er throws Benny into the Pit of Evil Counselors upon finding out who he actually is, but goes back when he realizes Benny was trying to redeem himself, had been nothing but helpful to him, and that betrayers of friends are put in the lowest circle of Hell.]]


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* MeaningfulName: [[spoiler: By the time Carpentier believes he can help any soul redeem themselves and escape Hell, he's spelling it [[MessianicArchetype Carpenter]].]]
25th May '15 4:01:36 PM NOYB
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* CulturalTranslation: Times have changed since the 14th century, so Niven and Pournelle's attitudes (and those of the society they live in) are different to Dante's. Hell is largely the same in geography, but the inhabitants that we see are different, and the place has changed with the world. This is most obvious in the Wood of Suicides, where, in Dante's time suicides were punished by being turned into trees that bled when broken, with a sideline in the profligate and "violently wasteful" being chased through the wood by wolves. Now, the wood is greatly reduced, but the profligate are much more numerous, and are hunted by sentient bulldozers.

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* CulturalTranslation: Times have changed since the 14th century, so Niven and Pournelle's attitudes (and those of the society they live in) are different to Dante's. Hell is largely the same in geography, but the inhabitants that we see are different, and the place has changed with the world. This is most obvious in the Wood of Suicides, where, where in Dante's time time, suicides were punished by being turned into trees that bled when broken, with a sideline in the profligate and "violently wasteful" being chased through the wood by wolves. Now, the wood is greatly reduced, but the profligate are much more numerous, and are hunted by sentient bulldozers.



* [[spoiler: EarnYourHappyEnding]]

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* [[spoiler: EarnYourHappyEnding]]EarnYourHappyEnding
23rd Mar '15 1:11:32 PM nombretomado
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* TakeThat: While (like the original) ''Inferno'' is full of this sort of thing, [[ChurchOfHappyology L. Ron Hubbard]] is [[{{Firefly}} burning in a very special level of hell]]. KurtVonnegut has the biggest tomb in the 6th layer for heretics (due to the religious parodies in ''Literature/CatsCradle'' and ''Literature/TheSirensOfTitan''). That Carpentier makes no effort to hide how much he despises Vonnegut just adds to the TakeThat.

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* TakeThat: While (like the original) ''Inferno'' is full of this sort of thing, [[ChurchOfHappyology L. Ron Hubbard]] is [[{{Firefly}} [[{{Series/Firefly}} burning in a very special level of hell]]. KurtVonnegut has the biggest tomb in the 6th layer for heretics (due to the religious parodies in ''Literature/CatsCradle'' and ''Literature/TheSirensOfTitan''). That Carpentier makes no effort to hide how much he despises Vonnegut just adds to the TakeThat.
28th Oct '14 4:26:46 PM LongLiveHumour
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* BeethovenWasAnAlienSpy: Benny is really [[spoiler: BenitoMussolini]], seeking to redeem his sinful record as an EvilChancellor by guiding lost souls.

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* BeethovenWasAnAlienSpy: Benny is really [[spoiler: BenitoMussolini]], UsefulNotes/BenitoMussolini]], seeking to redeem his sinful record as an EvilChancellor by guiding lost souls.
2nd Mar '14 7:57:39 AM Ecclytennysmithylove
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* FunnyAneurysmMoment: Among the souls encountered during the brief flight of the glider is a pilot of the Space Shuttle - who died, in Carpentier's future (it was written in 1976), when it suffered a failure of the heat shield, and well..."halfway down and going like a meteor when we got a burnthrough under the nose" took on terrifying truth in 2003.
10th Oct '13 2:39:28 PM icchan
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* FunnyAneurysmMomment: Among the souls encountered during the brief flight of the glider is a pilot of the Space Shuttle - who died, in Carpentier's future (it was written in 1976), when it suffered a failure of the heat shield, and well..."halfway down and going like a meteor when we got a burnthrough under the nose" took on terrifying truth in 2003.

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* FunnyAneurysmMomment: FunnyAneurysmMoment: Among the souls encountered during the brief flight of the glider is a pilot of the Space Shuttle - who died, in Carpentier's future (it was written in 1976), when it suffered a failure of the heat shield, and well..."halfway down and going like a meteor when we got a burnthrough under the nose" took on terrifying truth in 2003.
10th Oct '13 2:39:08 PM icchan
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* FunnyAneurysmMomment: Among the souls encountered during the brief flight of the glider is a pilot of the Space Shuttle - who died, in Carpentier's future (it was written in 1976), when it suffered a failure of the heat shield, and well..."halfway down and going like a meteor when we got a burnthrough under the nose" took on terrifying truth in 2003.
16th Jun '13 2:33:07 AM Fireblood
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* OneSceneWonder: [[spoiler: Lucifer, chewing legs like cigarettes makes eye contact:]]
--> [[spoiler: "Carpentier. What will you tell God when you see Him? Will you tell him that He could learn morality from Vlad the Impaler?"]]
* SoulJar: It seems self-centred, waffling unbelievers end up trapped inside metal "djinn bottles" in the Vestibule of Hell -- forever, unless they ask God to let them out. These also appear to have {{Hammerspace}} aspects, since to the soul inside they seem like an infinite void with nothing visible. A SubvertedTrope in that [[WhoWantsToLiveForever immortality and invulnerability has long ceased to be an issue for these souls]].

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* OneSceneWonder: [[spoiler: Lucifer, chewing legs like cigarettes makes eye contact:]]
--> [[spoiler: "Carpentier. What will you tell God when you see Him? Will you tell him that He could learn morality from Vlad the Impaler?"]]
* SoulJar: It seems self-centred, self-centered, waffling unbelievers end up trapped inside metal "djinn bottles" in the Vestibule of Hell -- forever, unless they ask God to let them out. These also appear to have {{Hammerspace}} aspects, since to the soul inside they seem like an infinite void with nothing visible. A SubvertedTrope in that [[WhoWantsToLiveForever immortality and invulnerability has long ceased to be an issue for these souls]].
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