Inferno: A Chronicle of a Distant World

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Disanko, the ruler of the Enkoti, and Susan Beddoes, a representative from the Department of Cartography, help the planet of Faligor to become the richest and most technologically advanced of its sector until an evil general rises to power. Reprint.

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Mike Resnick is the author of more than 40 science fiction novels, including Lara Croft, Tomb Raider: The Amulet of PowerSantiago; and Return to Santiago. He has won four Hugo Awards and the Nebula Award. He lives in Cincinnati.

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Third of Resnick's science-fictionalized African commentaries, following Paradise (about Zimbabwe) and Purgatory (Kenya). This time he examines the agonies of Uganda under the unspeakable Idi Amin and subsequent dictators. Planet Faligor has a splendid climate, rich soil, and an abundance of minerals; its inhabitants are nicknamed ``jasons'' for their golden fleeces by the first humans to arrive on the planet. Faligor is ripe for rapid development, and so--at the insistence of the planet's leading citizen, Disanko of the Enkoti tribe-- development proceeds apace. Elections must be held, though the electorate is uneducated and unsophisticated, and Disank's son Bobby carelessly loses to a dangerously totalitarian rival--who in turn is quickly deposed by a brutal soldier, Gama Labu; the latter institutes a reign of terror against aliens and a program of genocide against tribal-rival jasons. The Republic, an association of worlds in space, can't intervene, since Faligor isn't a member. Meanwhile, the horrors continue, under one dictator after another; finally, an honest schoolteacher--backed by an army of children, and advised by longtime human resident Arthur Cartright--prevails and reconstruction can begin. Potentially the most terrible and fascinating of all Resnick's African tales, but the upshot is too much omniscient commentary, too little character development and involvement. A pity. -- Copyright ©1993, Kirkus Associates, LP. All rights reserved.

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