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by Mike Resnick

eBook Inferno: A Chronicle of a Distant World ePub
Author: Mike Resnick
Language: English
ISBN: 0312854374
ISBN13: 978-0312854379
Publisher: Tor Books; 1st. ed edition (December 1, 1993)
Pages: 304
Category: United States
Subcategory: Literature
Rating: 4.2
Votes: 544
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And as you walk, you keep asking yourself: How could they not have learned? The whole galaxy knew about Gama Labu. Once the jasons got rid of him, how could they have let it happen again?

And as you walk, you keep asking yourself: How could they not have learned? The whole galaxy knew about Gama Labu. Once the jasons got rid of him, how could they have let it happen again? Where were. they when the torture chambers were rebuilt, the massive trenches filled once more with bodies? These were intelligent people. They had to know what was happening, had to feel the same revulsion toward Labu that all sentient beings felt. You look around at the smoldering ruins and shake your head in bewilderment. No civilized being wants to live like this.

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Inferno - Mike Resnick. Disanko stared at her again. I do not recall asking if it was acceptable. I must return to my ship to get the goods I wish to trade.

Inferno: A Chronicle of a Distant World (The Galactic Comedy). A small-time thief named Danny Briggs finds the unfinished epic poem of Black Orpheus, chronicling all the bigger-than-life characters that live and die on the galaxy’s Inner Frontier – and the biggest of them all was Santiago, the notorious King of the Outlaws. Danny unearths the secret not only of Santiago’s identity, but also his purpose, and he sets out to finish the epic by finding and anointing a new Santiago. There are a lot of colorful candidates – The One-Armed Bandit, Silvermane, Tyrannosaur Bailey, others – and there are enemies galore.

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Peopled by an intelligent, though primitive, leonine race, the planet seems ripe for humanity's best intentions. Along with Paradise and Purgatory, Resnick's latest novel forms a triptych that uses distant worlds and imaginary peoples to illustrate the West's disastrous attempts to bring "civilization" to underdeveloped nations. The author's use of irony and understatement augment the passion that underlies this cautionary tale. from Library Journal. Books related to Inferno: A Chronicle of a Distant Planet.

Home Mike Resnick Inferno: A Chronicle of a Distant World. Mike Resnick is the author of more than 40 science fiction novels, including Lara Croft, Tomb Raider: The Amulet of Power; Santiago; and Return to Santiago. He has won four Hugo Awards and the Nebula Award. Inferno: A Chronicle of a Distant World. ISBN 10: 0312854374, ISBN 13: 9780312854379. He lives in Cincinnati.

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List of works by American science fiction author Mike Resnick. The Goddess of Ganymede (1968). Pursuit on Ganymede (1968). The Dark Lady (1987). The Three-legged Hootch Dancer (1983). The Wild Alien Tamer (1983). The Best Rootin' Tootin' Shootin' Gunslinger in the Whole Damned Galaxy (1983). Eros Ascendin (1984). Eros At Zenith (1984).

The Chronicles of Lucifer Jones 1926 - 1931. The World Behind the Door. The United States of America ends at the Mississippi River. Salvador Dali is the most famous of all the surrealist artists and he himself is better-known than any of his paintings. Beyond lies the Indian nations, where the magic of powerful Medicine Men has halted the advance of the Americans east of the river. An American government desperate to expand its territory sends Thomas Alva Edison out West to the town of Tombstone, Arizona, on a mission to discover a scientific means of counteracting magic.

Once Faligor was an ideal world, a showplace planet with a model government, productive farms and factories, and a thriving tourist industry. Within the short span of twenty years it became the most notorious charnel house in the galaxy.The first Man to make a treaty with the native inhabitants of Faligor was Susan Beddoes. When she arrived, the golden-furred Disanko, three hundred and first Sitate of the Enkoti, ruled his tribe from a great city. Disanko saw an opportunity to gain greater wealth and power over neighboring tribes. Susan Beddoes saw an opportunity for the Department of Cartography to show the Human Galaxy the right way to open a new world.But the natives of Faligor are more sophisticated than Beddoes thought. They take to interstellar culture as if they'd been born to it. Within five years Faligor is one of the richest, most technologically advanced planets in the sector. The new Sitate, Disanko's son Tantram (known as "Emperor Bobby" by the humans on the planet), is ready to establish a planetary democracy and apply for membership in the Republic.Then it all starts to collapse. Susan Beddoes watches in horror as the new planetary government proves itself corrupt and opportunistic. But there is worse to come: after a few years, the President is overthrown in a military coup by a brutal general named Gama Labu.As off-planet interests flee Labu's astonishingly violent efforts to consolidate power for himself and his tribe, Susan Beddoes stands her ground, the last representative of the Republic, and witness to Faligor's bloody descent into a barbarism far worse than she had found there only twenty years before.
This is the conclusion to Resnick's *Galactic Comedy*, three romans a clef about the colonial histories of Kenya ("Paradise"), Zimbabawe ("Purgatory") and Uganda. Humans colonize a planet which resembles the rich and beautiful land that Uganda was in 1880, and the country descends into genocidal horror under brutal Gama Labu (Idi Amin, of course). These are not only excellent classic sf; they are palatable histories of these nations from which I've learned a great deal. Resnick has traveled in Africa and obviously loves it and its people dearly. I value his work much more than that of right-wingers Steve Stirling and Jerry Pournelle, for whom enslavement and colonization are positive benefits for the poor Africans. Resnick shows that colonization brought good and bad to Kenya; in Uganda, so many bad things happened that it's hard to describe.(Or understand. Do not read this book expecting a funny little comedy, please. It depicts horrors that Americans like to think went out with Hitler or Pol Pot).
Uganda has seen small improvements since Resnick wrote this book (millennial debt relief and some control of AIDS) but his tale is accurate as far as it goes. This is just beautiful and heartbreaking. Highly recommended.
Inferno is absolutely not about Uganda. Put that thought far away from your mind. Says so right there on the cover. Any parallels are purely imaginary.
Perfect addition to my collection. I am trying to collect as many of Mike Resnick's book series. Wonderful quality book
I bought this book after reading the jacket and wanting to learn how the author was able to have this world developed in such a short time frame. I was dissatisfied with what I read, in that regards. I realize that a reader has to suspend disbelief when reading Sci-Fi, but without the resources of the galactic empire, I don't see how so much got done so quickly. I also don't understand a future that far out that doesn't account for the evolution and role of robots. I understand that this book is an allegory for events that occurred in Africa, but I don't think the science end of things was handled well. How can you have a technological society that can profitably ship produce though space and not have robots? If you can, why can't you apply that technology to produce food on those worlds? Obviously Resnick had to make some compromises between scientific reality and his political story. The political story, on the other hand, was well done. What was left out was how an advanced industrial society deals with a more primitive one "correctly" from the being. 'Hello, we just thought we'd stop in and see how you're doing. Don't want to upset your self-development. We'll be back in 2000 years to see if you are at a point where we can establish trade relations. Meanwhile, here's some literature on political correctness you might want to read."
I can't believe nobody else has reviewed this book. It was great. Although Resnick's book does have some scientifically unlikely things, like the existance of gigantic interstellar empire, almost everything in this book is scientifically, militarily, and politically reasonable -- as well as wonderfully entertaining. This is an analogy to the European colonies in Africa, and the results are quite close to what happened to some former colonial states. If you like military works and techno-thrillers along the vein of Tom Clancey and you like science fiction that is (mostly) based on science like Arthur Clarke, you will love Inferno. Try getting the other books in the series as well.
In a nutshell, this book functions as a ringing endorsement of Star Trek’s prime directive, where you’re not supposed to interfere with an alien species. Personally, I never really got the “prime directive.” Why are Kirk, Picard, and the rest of the capitans tooling around the universe exploring, boldly going, if they’re never supposed to get involved. I guess it created tension for the series. (Be aware, some spoilers follow and if you like this review you can find more at

Inferno is the story of human intervention in a land called Faligor, peopled by an alien race dubbed “jasons” because of their golden fleeces. (Get it, a little Greek mythology thing going on there). But, head’s up, that is no random classical allusion. Resnick plans to use his book as a critiquing of the Western ideals that are foisted on other races on our own planet, and the “jason” name is just one facet of that.

Two humans are the central characters of the book: Arthur Cartwright and Linda Beddoes. Arthur is an idealist who wants to build a world the right way, keeping the human Republic out, while also introducing democracy, medicine, education and all the other trappings of (western) civilization to the jasons. (In effect, he’s biting half a loaf of the prime directive!) Linda is his best friend – an entomologist who comes to planet first to study insects, but is the voice of skepticism throughout of the story of Arthur’s firm belief that Faligor can become the model planet.

Short answer: it cannot, and does not. In fact, within a generation the alien world descends into the worst kind of totalitarian state. In short order, Faligor is led by an overly humanized leader who is a traitor to his race, a dictator who tries to wrench the population back to being more “jason-esque” but starts the mass grave thing pretty quickly, a military leader who takes torture and mayhem to a level that would make Mao and Stalin blush, and finally a teacher with a student army who sets things right.

What I found stimulating about the book is how much it comments on our current events. The jasons have tribes that never seem to coalesce into a single race, an echo of the nationalism currently sweeping Europe and the US. Whenever a jason leader takes over, he immediately begins to favor his own tribe. In a clear allusion to what occurred during WWII, a third alien race figures into the Faligor story in a minor way. Deemed “moles, these creatures come in and set up businesses and work in mines. They are an obvious stand in for Jews, an itinerant species that follows opportunity. They are massacred at different points during the narrative, getting blamed for the problems occurring when the dictator needs a scapegoat for what’s ailing the planet.

The final leader, James Krakanna, leads a student army and puts the planet on the right path by the end of the book. Cartwright has died helping Krakanna take power, but with the sad caveat that he never realized his aim of having a perfect planet. Krakanna renames the jasons as Faligori, and even makes it a crime to refer to them by the former Greek-inspired name. Linda Beddoes, Cartwright’s best friend and the constant skeptic, returns to the planet for his funeral and, during the final chapters of the book, interacts with a doctor sent to help the planet recover from the latest dictatorship. By the end of the book, it’s clear that it would have been better if humans, the Republic, had never arrived on Faligor.

How does this jibe with what is going on around the world? How are cultures changed by those who come into them? Is immigration different from invasion in the lasting effects it has on the host/conquered country, particularly if the original population is subsumed by a new one? In Inferno, the humans have nothing but the best of intentions, but still their help leads to a massive death toll within one generation. As humans, we can’t live in bubbles, never interacting with each other, but if we allow a nonnative species to “help” us, does that make us better? It’s an old science fiction question. Star Trek wanted to have it both ways with its prime directive. Inferno appears to argue there is no happy medium – “help” native cultures at their peril.

In the end, the book made me ask – what attempts at nation building have gone well for the US? Further, did Napoleon have any lasting effects on the countries he conquered? In any case, Inferno is a well-done cautionary tale worth your time.
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