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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This was an old paperback lying around. Under the covenant between the white blsck black magicians, he may not hinder or halt Ware’s insane plans and must simply, horrified and repelled, observe the proceedings. View the earthly nexus between heaven and hell? 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. Want to Read saving…. The Day After Judgment develops and extends blafk characters from the first book.

The commission is for one night only, to release all the demons of hell.

As an aside, when you consider that it contains pretty explicit instructions for releasing God know how many demons from the depths of hell, it’s a pretty slim volume. He will give Ware a large part of his enormous eastdr, if the magician can summon most of the demons from Hell, and let them loose on Earth for one night.


Copyright by James Blish. I’ve been meaning to read a Blish novel for years, having read and liked a short story of his — How Beautiful With Banners — in a Sci-Fi class years ago, but Blish isn’t carried in the book stores within my sphere of contact, and he’s never been the first author I think of when I have money to spend online.


Know that it all means something, something about human nature, inevitability, the end of all things; but also know that the lesson remains obscured or perhaps that it was all a simple fantasy after all. I feel the ending was a little thin, although I’m off to read the sequel next.

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

I miss the days when novels were routinely shorter. Blish was married to the literary agent Virginia Kidd from to It’s fiction for the short attention span, which begs the reader “Keep reading! Baines has a commission for Dr Ware. But in Black Easter Blish truly suprised me with a rich story full of great characters and a plot t I read this at the same easetr as Frank Herbert’s ‘the Heavenmakers’ and it was interesting to compare Herbert’s worst book against Blish’s best. To view it, click here.

I had know idea how talented the man was, but I know now.

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.

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. Drawing extensively from actual magical rituals, the “always-delivers” Mr Blish imagines an international arms dealer employing a real wizard to unleash all the demons from Hell onto Earth for one night of Revelations-style armageddo-fun while a Vatican rep watches on, observer-style, because the Cosmic rules the contract between God and Satan prevent him from intervening.

To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. The research into magic was great and well-deployed. Retrieved from ” https: I won’t give away the ending, but suffice to say that it’s both logically and emotionally consistent, and that you don’t feel cheated by the elaborate build-up.

There are even neo-Pagans today who embrace a belief in ceremonial magic as benign.


When this is accomplished to Baines’ satisfaction, Baines reveals his real reason: Oct 25, Batmensch rated it it was amazing. In his Author’s Note, Blish spells out that this novel is not romantic or playful. In the late ‘s to the early ‘s, Blish was a member of the Futurians. And their paralysis, brought on by goodness, is tainted easger evil.

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.

In the first book, a wealthy arms manufacturer comes to a black magicianTheron Ware, with a strange request: A Reader’s Guide to Fantasy. Jul 25, Rod rated it liked it.

You can help Wikipedia by expanding it. Meet angels that are not deliverers. Then read James Blish’ Storyline: 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.

Black Easter; or, Faust Aleph-Null

In total, Blish wrote 11 volumes of short stories adapted from episodes of the s TV series, as well as an original novel, Spock Must Die! An author I need to explore further. By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. Michael Rosenblumfancyclopedia. Algis Budrys was dissatisfied with Black Easterdeclaring it, despite Blish’s outstanding craftsmanship, to blissh “an unreasonably inflated short story.