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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The plot is a variant on the Faust myth the book’s subtitle is in fact “Faust Aleph-Null”. Oct 25, Batmensch rated it it was amazing. After Such Knowledge 4 books. The world building in that regard is first class, which is why I’m not rating it lower. I blishh Black Easter out and was quickly knocked on my ass. I don’t usually dig skulls on my vintage horror covers especially eaater versionsas they’re so overdone, but this is one of the few exceptions to that rule.

Black Easter was serialised as Faust aleph-null in If magazine. Eliot Black Easter is a Nebula Award-nominated bish novel by James Blish in which an arms dealer hires a black magician to unleash all the Demons of Hell on earth for a single day.

SF Reviews Black Easter by James Blish

I don’t usually go for novels about black magic, which I tend to find boring and kind of stupid, but this one is pretty good.


There are even neo-Pagans today who embrace a belief in ceremonial magic as benign. His first published story appeared inand his writing career progressed until he gave up his job to become a professional writer.

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.

Languages Nederlands Edit links. Some interesting concepts concerning white and black magic. It’s obvious not just from his note but the vividness of his details and even the quotes heading chapters Blish did extensive research–actually reading grimoires and manuscripts on ceremonial magic.

Black Easter and The Day After Judgment were written with the assumption that the ritual magic for commanding demonsas described in grimoiresactually works. Apr 21, Scott Ferry rated it it was amazing.

BLACK EASTER by James Blish | Kirkus Reviews

Jul 24, DoctorM rated it it was amazing. Read in the 70s. And boy, has Dr Ware provided him with a woman. And where is God amongst this mayhem? An author I need to explore further. Where Herbert was known for sweeping sagas of great depth in detail and philosophy, Blish had his most commercial success in being the first to novelize Star Trek stories. Nov 27, Manny rated it really liked it Shelves: I read this short novel in less than a day, a matter of hours, but I fear it will haunt my thoughts for many weeks to come.

The Day After Judgementwhich follows in the series, develops and extends the characters from the first book. The test runs are cleverly thought out, and convey both the fundamental seriousness of the enterprise and the utter immorality of both parties.


Sep 25, LQ to the max! Black Easter is a fantasy novel by American writer James Blishin which an arms dealer hires a black magician to unleash all easted demons of Hell on Earth for a single day.


Blish goes into a great deal of detail of the rituals for summoning demons, which was interesting, however the prose is quite dry and the character very thin.

It is a lust for women that drives him.

By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. He will give Ware a large part of his enormous fortune, if the magician blisj summon most of the demons from Hell, and let them loose on Earth for one night. To ask other readers questions about Black Easterplease sign up. Start a story before it begins? Armageddon precipitated by a straightforward business deal? The world is vanquished.

Experience the fantastic as an observer forbidden the relevant background knowledge? A Case of Conscience Doctor Mirabilis. A great deal of the novel is devoted to slightly repetitious conjuring toward the end of the book but its overall effect is intense and chilling.

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