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Inferno

(Galactic Comedy #3)

3.90  ·  Rating details ·  145 ratings  ·  11 reviews
The story of the planet Faligor, which has much in common with Uganda, from colonization to independence.
Paperback, 304 pages
Published March 1st 1995 by Tor Books (first published 1993)
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Jodie
Aug 26, 2019 rated it liked it
A galactic irony, maybe, but I don’t consider it a comedy.
Bryan Thomas Schmidt
May 18, 2010 rated it it was amazing
I finally finished the three book series comprised of Paradise, Purgatory and Inferno -- Chronicles Of Distant Worlds. Each of the three was a great read, but they just got better as I went along. Purgatory was better than Paradise and Inferno was better than Purgatory.

Inspired by the author's travels in Africa and his love of the continent and her cultures, each of the books chronicles the Earthen Republic's interference in alien worlds and the tragic consequences which result. Inferno is model
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Althea Ann
Jun 09, 2010 rated it liked it
Although this was presented as the final book of a trilogy, in fact all three books are stand-alone novels. Each presents the history of a different African country, as science fiction. So one could view them as a triptych, but not really a trilogy.

"Inferno" is based on the history of Uganda, from the time of the first Western explorers, up until the time of Resnick's writing (1993).
Although it is set on the planet of Faligor, which is populated by various tribes of golden-furred aliens, the all
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Alex
Jan 01, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
VOTO ALL'INTERO CICLO GALACTIC COMEDY:3,8
Di tutt'altro tenore rispetto al ciclo Starship dello stesso autore, la trilogia Galactic Comedy presenta come tema fondamentale, trattato secondo i canoni della space opera più classica, il colonialismo e lo sfruttamento delle risorse nonchè delle popolazioni locali, alludendo chiaramente al periodo colonialista del XIX a danno di molti paesi africani.

Si pone particolarmente l'accento,oltre che sulla natura stessa della politica colonialista e di cosa si
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Craig
May 25, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Resnick's Galactic Comedy sequence is comprised of three novels: Paradise, Purgatory, and Inferno. On the surface they're chronicles of distant worlds, as the blurbs proclaim, but they're actually allegorical studies of post-colonial modern Africa; he examines all of the problems of the cultures, the economies, the tribal factions, the politics, and so on and on. Just when the reader thinks that things can't get any worse, it does, moving from Kenya in the first volume to Zimbabwe in the second ...more
Dick
Jan 09, 2010 rated it really liked it
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This is the third book in Resnicks Galactic Comedy. In the first book I had little idea it was telling a story about African colonization. After I read the book I found that out and was amazed. The second book I was half way between reading sci fi and reading African history. Still loved it. By this book I could not even see the aliens or a far away planet. I just saw African tribes, Africa, and the white men trying to bring there country into modern times. I still loved it. At this point I love ...more
Luke
Apr 17, 2008 rated it really liked it
the trilogy of Inferno, Paradise, Purgatory by Mike Resnick was very fascinating. Its the story of three different groups of people, originally from different parts of Africa, however retold in a sci-fi setting. I was utterly fascinated by the sociological and anthropology of the Alien species on each planet in each book. The story of the Humans who went there, explored and discovered, and ultimately ravaged the societies. I wish I could get these three books in Hardcover again and re-read them ...more
Eva
Jun 25, 2014 rated it really liked it
Really interesting. I've never read a book like this before. It focused on the society as a whole rather than individuals. Although Arthur Cartright (who I guess is the main character) didn't appear in many chapters, I still really enjoyed his character and his personality. It was a strangely written book, but it worked. Quick read, too. I'd recommend it to any sci-fi fan
Jim
Apr 18, 2013 rated it really liked it
This was the third in a series about 3 planets that are allegories of African countries. Falligor is Uganda and, like Uganda, a beautiful land that was taken over by a genocidal maniac.... Mike writes a good story showing us his insights into African culture. He gives us a lot to think about.I wish he could continue the series...
Japland
Apr 10, 2013 rated it liked it
It was fascinating and bizarre to read about the build up to and downward spiral of Idi Amin era Uganda depicted as an alien world. Many insider jokes and references were included, Resnick obviously knows his history and must have spent some time in Uganda.
Ketan Shah
Like his earlier novel Paradise,Mike Resnick looks at the state of Africa in a Sci Fi mirror. An idyllic planet is torn apart by a horrific sucession of power hungry madmen.The events portrayed seem far fetched until you realise that unfortunately they've happened here on Earth over and over again.
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Michael "Mike" Diamond Resnick, better known by his published name Mike Resnick, was a popular and prolific American science fiction author. He is, according to Locus, the all-time leading award winner, living or dead, for short science fiction. He was the winner of five Hugos, a Nebula, and other major awards in the United States, France, Spain, Japan, Croatia and Poland. and has been short-liste ...more

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