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: a Chronicle of a Distant World Paperback – 1 March 1995
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- ISBN-10 : 0812523458
- ISBN-13 : 978-0812523454
- Product Dimensions : 10.8 x 1.91 x 17.78 cm
- Publisher : Tor Books; Reprint Edition (1 March 1995)
- Language: : English
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Not Uganda...Reviewed in the United States on 23 August 2013
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.
Another for the collectionReviewed in the United States on 2 December 2013
Perfect addition to my collection. I am trying to collect as many of Mike Resnick's book series. Wonderful quality book