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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Oct 26, prcardi rated it liked it Shelves: Get thrust into a story you are not yet ready for and be shoved out again before you’re sure of what you’ve seen.

Worth a read, but don’t go out of your way to find it. It was first published in Black Easter ends with Baphomet announcing to the participants that the demons can not be compelled to return to Hell: This will be my first Blish read, other than a couple sf shorts back in the day. As an experiment, a cluster of men decide to conjure all of the demons of hell and unleash them on the world for a single night.

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While always problematic to say that a book is the “first” to do something especially when you haven’t read every book ever writtenthis appears lback be the first book in which the art of magic is portrayed as a rigorous, almost scientific eqster fraught with peril and potentially very unpleasant. Pages to import images to Wikidata All stub articles. Other books in the series. The ending is abrupt, and not nearly as satisfying as rest of the novel, but it’s a fun book, and a very original appr This is a great little book The book includes a lengthy description of the summoning ritual and a detailed and as accurate as possible, given the available literature description of the grotesque figures bkack the demons as they appear.


A shorter version of Black Easter was serialized as Faust Aleph-Null in Blisb magazine, August—October ; the book edition retains the phrase as its subtitle. It’s written with clarity and precision, a perfect foil to its supernatural subject matter.

Decent read, not too long. Books by James Blish. Kent State University Press. And James Blish is his killer. Blish trained as a biologist at Rutgers and Columbia University, and spent — as a medical technician in the U.

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

Kabbalistic, in general Jewish mysticism is used as the foundation for all of the magic incantations in the book, but there is also signs of more Medieval superstitious beliefs about them. A rather clinical look at Black Magic with a big dose of Catholicism. This is a great little book Black Easter Hardcover first edition. Blish shows his research into mediaeval grimoires perhaps a little too protractedly in the scene where lots of demons are summoned, one after another.

Apr 21, Scott Ferry rated it it was amazing.

It’s a page novel. Readers who find magic silly in any form will be turned off by the cartoonish presence of demons and wizards as advertised so clearly on the cover, but those who are drawn to arcane incantations and perhaps a marginally veiled reincarnation of Aleister Crowley should move this book to the top of their reading list. I also wish Blish had expanded on the state of affairs in Heaven, but blacj he was going for a shocking concluding line I suppose that wasn’t, in his mind, possible.



Jan 05, Adam rated it liked it. Practice sorcery of the Christian tradition, via writings of the 13th to 18th centuries? Having been a long-time fan of science fiction with religious themes, I inevitably got around to this one.

A very interesting read. Jack Ginsberg is Baines’ assistant. Theron Ware is named for the titular hlack of Harold Frederic ‘s novel The Damnation of Theron Warea Methodist minister who overestimates his intellectual abilities and social skills, loses his faith and his friends, and emigrates from his native rural New York to start a new life in Seattle. For what is a rather slow and steady book, the final couple chapters really payoff, drenched in Satanic majesty and the blackest, deepest apocalyptic misfortunes.

Black Easter (After Such Knowledge, #2) by James Blish

Exactly what you need when you carry the blaci round just in case you might one day need one or two of the infernal demons to help you out of a sticky situation. Imprisoned in a Tesseract: Know that it all means something, something about human nature, inevitability, the end of all things; but also easted that the lesson remains obscured or perhaps that it was all a simple fantasy after all.

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Dr Theron Ware is the most powerful black magician in the world. There is a sequel, “The Day after Judgment”, which is almost as good. Then read James Blish’ Storyline: Nebula Award Nlack for Best Novel