by Larry Niven
Book 1 in the Inferno series (1976)
Publisher: Pocket Books
“Welcome to Infernoland,” an unearthly voice hisses. And the late, great Allen Carpentier plunges into the fantastic abyss of an ingenious, living hell.
His is a one-way journey through dim nether-regions where flame-colored demons wield diabolically sharp pitchforks . . . where tormented vixens reign forever in a pond of sheer ice.
There, in this land of torment and terror, he discovers the amazing truth of the ultimate adventure that lies beyond the grave.After being thrown out the window of his luxury apartment, science fiction writer Allen Carpentier wakes to find himself at the gates of hell.
Feeling he’s landed in a great opportunity for a book, he attempts to follow Dante’s roadmap. Determined to meet Satan himself, Carpentier treks through the Nine Layers of Hell led by Benito Mussolini and encounters countless mental and physical tortures. As he struggles to escape, he’s taken through new, puzzling, and outlandish versions of sin–recast for the present day.