Black Easter: After Such Knowledge Book 3 (Gateway Essentials) – Kindle edition by James Blish. Download it once and read it on your Kindle device, PC. I first read this in and most recently on the 1st December Mr Baines is the boss of Consolidated Warfare Services. Business has. Blish considered as one work: Black Easter; or, Faust Aleph-Null () and The Day After Judgement (), a fantasy in which Satan and his demons conquer.

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It suggests that God may not be dead, or that demons may not be inherently self-destructive, as something appears to be restraining the actions of the demons upon Earth.

Between and his death from lung cancer inBlish became the first author to write short story collections based upon the classic TV series Star Trek. Return to Book Page.

The prose is fine, and the writer — better known for science fiction — approached it b,ack an intellectual exercise, could he make this stuff seem logical and believable. The characters not so much–and the plot feels a bit thin. Should be required reading for all children. Copyright by James Blish. Sep 25, LQ to the max!

Black Easter; or, Faust Aleph-Null

Want to Read Currently Reading Read. But in Black Easter Blish truly suprised me with a rich story full of great characters and a plot that truly kept you guessing, all steeped in a very authentic and researched world of historical magic in the ‘modern’ world. It’s of the era when writers packed their ideas into modestly sized novels instead of exhausting themselves or the reader in page saster.

Oct 25, Batmensch rated it it was amazing. Undeniably downbeat at the end, these two volumes skip through descriptions of magical ritual, demonic emergence and play and the arrival of the City of Dis with wit and aplomb. He is credited with coining the term gas giant, in the story “Solar Plexus” as it appeared in the anthology Beyond Human Ken, edited by Judith Merril.


Under the covenant between the white and black magicians, he may not hinder or halt Ware’s insane plans and must simply, horrified and repelled, observe the proceedings. Blish is best known as a science fiction author, and he gives his magicians a grounding that really makes if feel as rigorous as any science–and it’s obviously an allegory for amoral science and its destructive power.

The assumption made here is that black magic exists and really works, allowing you to summon demons from Hell and make them do your bidding. The test runs are cleverly thought out, and convey both the fundamental seriousness of the enterprise and the utter immorality of both parties. But Black Easter isn’t a pedestrian book, nor is Blish a pedestrian author.

It has been suggested that Blish got the name for his black magician from the titular character in Harold Frederic ‘s novel The Damnation of Theron Ware.

The research into magic was great and well-deployed. This article about a s fantasy novel is a stub. Refresh and try again. I don’t usually dig skulls on my vintage horror covers especially photo versionsas they’re so overdone, but this is one of the few exceptions to that rule. The magician Theron Ewster sees what he does as a job, one requiring much study before one can master it and from that mastery profit.

Blsih is a sequel to the novel Black Easter: Fab stuff indeed, and followed by the very satisfying sequel “The Day After Judgement”. In the first book, a wealthy arms manufacturer, Dr. The Life and Work of James Blish. Oh also it’s incredibly fucking sexist. Piece together the allegory never made explicit? A corporate arms builder merchant, no longer satisfied by the little brush wars he is able blac create, asks the world’s last black magician to release all the demons of Hell into the world for a easher, just to see One of my favorite books of all time; a science fiction writer’s take on the question “What if magic worked as described in medieval texts”?


Black Easter (After Such Knowledge, book 3) by James Blish

View all 9 comments. The action is being followed by Father Garelli, a white magician working for the Church. Dec 03, Benjamin Shehu rated it liked it. Too black and white. He doesn’t much care about war and arms deals. Ware blaci find Baines’ commission too exciting to resist but far too much to handle.

I feel the ending was a little thin, although I’m off to read the sequel next. Algis Budrys was dissatisfied with Black Easterdeclaring it, despite Blish’s outstanding craftsmanship, to be “an unreasonably inflated short story. I read it because it was Blish blisy I was hard up, but I was blown away.

InBlish emigrated to England, and lived in Oxford until his death in Meet angels that are not deliverers. I dug Black Easter out and was quickly knocked on my ass. Tension between white magicians who appear to have a line of communications with the unfallen host in Heaven and Ware is woven over the terms and conditions of a magical covenant that is designed to provide for observers and limitations.

Books by James Blish. I particularly liked the descriptions of the demons, who are both chillingly evil and bizarrely other-worldly. This page was last edited on 22 Decemberat Nov 27, Manny rated it really liked it Shelves: Theron Ware is an accomplished black magician.

In a lengthy Miltonian speech at the end of the novel, Satan Mekratrig explains that, compared to humans, demons are good, and that if perhaps God has withdrawn Himself, then Satan beyond all others was qualified to take His place and, if anything, would be a more just god.