Observations, digressions, enthusiasms, fictions, and opinions.
Sunday, December 21, 2008
In Dante's Inferno, the Roman poet Virgil guides Dante through Hell (and, later, Purgatory), showing the various circles of Hell and some of the residents thereof. Dante's Inferno is a sim that recreates that journey, down all nine circles, with notecards describing each stop. And then one climbs back again through a fictional story set in modern times, with each stop recreating one of the sins of the accompanying circle. Very educational.
My knowledge of the Inferno came from the Larry Niven/Jerry Pournelle book of the same name, so it's possible my recollections of the place were warped by a pair of 20th century science fiction writers.