History Literature / Inferno

26th Jun '17 10:41:30 PM DustSnitch
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A sequel, ''Escape from Hell'', was published in 2009. Not to be confused with the second novel of the Literature/{{Indigo}} series, also called ''Inferno'', or the fourth novel in Creator/DanBrown's Robert Langdon series, likewise titled ''[[Literature/DanBrownsInferno Inferno]]''.

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A sequel, ''Escape from Hell'', was published in 2009. Not to be confused with the first third of ''Literature/TheDivineComedy'', the second novel of the Literature/{{Indigo}} series, also called ''Inferno'', or the fourth novel in Creator/DanBrown's Robert Langdon series, likewise titled ''[[Literature/DanBrownsInferno Inferno]]''.
17th Jun '17 10:10:48 AM nombretomado
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* HeroicBSOD: Carpent(i)er starts going into hopeless despair at realizing he's really dead and in hell. Until he finds KurtVonnegut's Tomb with lavish decorations. Pure speechless rage actually saves him from being trapped there.

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* HeroicBSOD: Carpent(i)er starts going into hopeless despair at realizing he's really dead and in hell. Until he finds KurtVonnegut's Creator/KurtVonnegut's Tomb with lavish decorations. Pure speechless rage actually saves him from being trapped there.



* TakeThat: While (like the original) ''Inferno'' is full of this sort of thing, [[ChurchOfHappyology L. Ron Hubbard]] is [[{{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.

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* TakeThat: While (like the original) ''Inferno'' is full of this sort of thing, [[ChurchOfHappyology L. Ron Hubbard]] is [[{{Series/Firefly}} burning in a very special level of hell]]. KurtVonnegut Creator/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.
23rd Apr '17 11:47:34 AM Pavlov
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** "This has been willed where what is willed must be": From the original ''Literature/The 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 ''Literature/The DivineComedy'', ''Literature/TheDivineComedy'', 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.
8th Apr '17 10:18:39 PM nombretomado
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** Consider gluttony as described in ''TheScrewtapeLetters'' (where it's less about eating too much and more putting matters of the stomach over matters of the soul) and the health nut's situation makes much more sense. When the man tells Allen and Benito that he shouldn't be with the gluttons, Benito tells him "It is the fixation, not the amount."

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** Consider gluttony as described in ''TheScrewtapeLetters'' ''Literature/TheScrewtapeLetters'' (where it's less about eating too much and more putting matters of the stomach over matters of the soul) and the health nut's situation makes much more sense. When the man tells Allen and Benito that he shouldn't be with the gluttons, Benito tells him "It is the fixation, not the amount."
5th Apr '17 1:13:00 AM Doug86
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** "This has been willed where what is willed must be": From the original ''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.

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** "This has been willed where what is willed must be": From the original ''Literature/DivineComedy'', ''Literature/The 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.
13th Dec '16 1:56:17 PM Xtifr
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''Inferno'', by Creator/LarryNiven and Jerry Pournelle, is a [[RecycledINSPACE modern retelling]] and {{Deconstruction}} of the first part of ''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.

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''Inferno'', by Creator/LarryNiven and Jerry Pournelle, Creator/JerryPournelle, is a [[RecycledINSPACE modern retelling]] and {{Deconstruction}} of the first part of ''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.
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
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