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 road map. 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. At the Publisher's request, this title is being sold without Digital Rights Management Software (DRM) applied.
"NOBODY DOES IT BETTER THAN NIVEN AND POURNELLE. I LOVED IT!" --Tom Clancy They first appear as a series of dots on astronomical plates, heading from Saturn directly toward Earth. Since the ringed planet carries no life, scientists deduce the mysterious ship to be a visitor from another star. The world's frantic efforts to signal the aliens go unanswered. The first contact is hostile: the invaders blast a Soviet space station, seize the survivors, and then destroy every dam and installation on Earth with a hail of asteriods. Now the conquerors are descending on the American heartland, demanding servile surrender--or death for all humans. "ROUSING . . . THE BEST OF THE GENRE." --The New York Times Book Review From the Paperback edition.
A comet on a collision course with Earth renews hope in a filmmaker, provides immortality for a millionaire, and gives two astronauts a chance to relive their past fame, but when the comet strikes, all walks of life must turn to one another in order to survive. Reprint.