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Heroes in Hell is a series of shared world fantasy books by Janet Morris, C. J. Cherryh, and others set in a fictional afterlife. The 11 books in the series were published by Baen Books between 1986 and 1989. A Shared universe is a literary technique in which several different authors share settings and characters which appear in their respective works of fiction, often referring to events taking place in the other writers stories. ... For other meanings see Fantasy (disambiguation) Fantasy is a genre of art, literature, film, television, and music that uses magic and other supernatural forms as a primary element of either plot, theme, setting, or all three. ... C. J. Cherryh (born September 1, 1942) is the slightly modified working name of United States science fiction and fantasy author Carolyn Janice Cherry, the sister of artist David A. Cherry. ... The afterlife (or life after death) is a generic term referring to a continuation of existence, typically spiritual and experiential, beyond this world, or after death. ... Baen Books is an American publishing company established in 1983 by SF publishing industry long-timer Jim Baen. ...



Despite the title, the fictional world of the setting bears little resemblance to the traditional Western concept of Hell. As depicted in these works, Hell is actually quite like the land of the living, but with a significantly more chaotic political environment. A fictional universe is a cohesive fictional world that serves as the setting or backdrop for one or (more commonly) multiple works of fiction. ... Medieval illustration of Hell in the Hortus deliciarum manuscript of Herrad of Landsberg (about 1180) Hell, according to many religious beliefs, is a place and/or a state of painful suffering. ...

Partly this is due to the underworld being populated by many great military leaders and statesmen from history such as Julius Caesar, Napolean Bonaparte and Sargon of Akkad. These leaders vie for power, sometimes relying on diplomacy but often resorting to subterfuge and military action to achieve their goals. When war does break out, the faction leaders employ military technology from throughout history. Ceasar, for example, may address his sword-bearing Roman legions from the back of a World War II era Jeep equipped with a machine gun Gaius Julius Caesar (IPA: Classical Latin: IMP•C•IVLIVS•CAESAR•DIVVS1), July 12, 100 BC – March 15, 44 BC) was a Roman military and political leader. ... For other uses, see Napoleon (disambiguation). ... Sargon of Akkad, or Sargon the Great (Akkadian Sharru-kin ܫܪܘܟܢ, the true king, reigned 2334 BC - 2279 BC, short chronology), founder of the Dynasty of Akkad. ... The United Nations, with its headquarters in New York City, is the largest international diplomatic organization. ... Subterfuge can be any deceptive strategem or maneuver designed to take advantage of an opponent. ... A weapon is a tool used to kill or incapacitate a person or animal, or destroy a military target. ... The Roman legion (from Latin legio, from legere — to collect) was the basic military unit of the ancient Roman army. ... Combatants Allies: Poland, British Commonwealth, France/Free France, Soviet Union, United States, China, and others Axis Powers: Germany, Italy, Japan, and others Casualties Military dead:17 million Civilian dead:33 million Total dead:50 million Military dead:8 million Civilian dead:4 million Total dead:12 million World War II... Jeep is an automobile marque (and registered trademark) of DaimlerChrysler. ... A machine gun is a fully-automatic firearm that is capable of firing bullets in rapid succession. ...

The power structure in the Hell of these books is fairly decentralized, although the "Father of Lies" can exert his will when he chooses to do so. For example, rather than allowing Marilyn Monroe to reside with any of the individual factions in his underworld, he has installed her as his executive assistant. Marilyn Monroe Marilyn Monroe (born Norma Jeane Mortensen, June 1, 1926 – August 5, 1962) is the twentieth-centurys most famous movie star, sex symbol and pop icon. ...

Additional color is provided by the presense of historical legends of literature and philosophy such as Ernest Hemingway, Niccolò Machiavelli, and (of course) Dante Alighieri. Some of these characters serve as advisors to the various faction leaders and live in their households. Literature is literally acquaintance with letters as in the first sense given in the Oxford English Dictionary (from the Latin littera meaning an individual written character (letter)). The term has generally come to identify a collection of texts, which in Western culture are mainly prose, both fiction and non-fiction... The Philosopher (detail), by Rembrandt Philosophy is a study that includes diverse subfields such as aesthetics, epistemology, ethics, logic, and metaphysics. ... Ernest Hemingway, 1950 Ernest Miller Hemingway (July 21, 1899 – July 2, 1961) was an American novelist, short story writer, and journalist. ... Machiavelli, c. ... Dante in a fresco series of famous men by Andrea del Castagno, ca. ...

Because of the interactions between historical figures of similar eras in some of these stories -- Augustus (Octavian), Mark Antony, and Cleopatra for example -- the works borrow elements from the subgenre of Historical Fantasy. But because they are set in the afterlife, they are more properly classified as Bangsian Fantasy. For the honorific title, see Augustus (honorific). ... For his relatives and other people with similar names, see Marcus Antonius (disambiguation). ... This is a disambiguation page — a navigational aid which lists other pages that might otherwise share the same title. ... Historical fantasy (sometimes referred to as fantahistorical), is a subgenre of fantasy, related to historical fiction. ... Bangsian fantasy is the school of fantasy writing that sets the plot wholly or partially in the afterlife. ...

Books in the series

There are four novels in the series and seven anthologies of short fiction. Janet Morris was the editor of all seven anthologies.

  1. Heroes in Hell (1986), anthology
  2. The Gates of Hell (1986), novel by C. J. Cherryh and Janet Morris
  3. Rebels in Hell (1986), anthology
  4. Kings in Hell (1987), novel by C. J. Cherryh and Janet Morris
  5. Crusaders in Hell (1987), anthology
  6. Legions of Hell (1987), novel by C. J. Cherryh
  7. Angels in Hell (1987), anthology
  8. Masters in Hell (1987), anthology
  9. Explorers in Hell (1989), novel by David Drake and Janet Morris
  10. War in Hell (1988), anthology
  11. Prophets in Hell (1989), anthology

David Drake (born September 24, 1945) is a successful author of science fiction and fantasy literature. ...

Contributing authors

Authors who have contributed to this series include:

Lynn Abbey (born September 8, 1948) is an American author. ... Robert Lynn Asprin (born June 28, 1946) is an American science fiction and fantasy author best known for his humorous series. ... Gregory Benford (born January 30, 1941) is a science fiction author and physicist who is on the faculty of the Department of Physics and Astronomy at the University of California, Irvine. ... Martin Caidin (1927-1997) was an American author and an authority on aeronautics and aviation. ... C. J. Cherryh (born September 1, 1942) is the slightly modified working name of United States science fiction and fantasy author Carolyn Janice Cherry, the sister of artist David A. Cherry. ... David Drake (born September 24, 1945) is a successful author of science fiction and fantasy literature. ... George Alec Effinger (January 10, 1947–April 27, 2002) was an American science fiction author, born in Cleveland, Ohio. ... Diana L. Paxson (born 1943) is a writer, primarily of fantasy and historical fiction novels and short stories. ... Robert Sheckley (July 16, 1928, New York City – December 9, 2005, Poughkeepsie, New York) was an American Jewish author. ... At the 63rd World Science Fiction Convention in Glasgow, August 2005 Robert Silverberg (January 15, 1935, Brooklyn, New York) is a prolific American author best known for writing science fiction, a multiple winner of both the Hugo and Nebula Awards. ...

Gallery of book covers

All cover art in the series was done by David Mattingly, except for Prophets in Hell, cover art by Peter Scanlon David Mattingly (born June 29, 1956) David Burroughs Mattingly was born in Fort Collins, Colorado in 1956, the son of John W. Mattingly, the inventor of the Water Pik. David began drawing and painting as a small child, influenced by comic books, Edgar Rice Burroughs, and a wide array of...

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