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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A wonderful story for Easter!

Nov 27, Manny rated it really liked it Shelves: Black Easter and The Day After Judgment deal with what sorcery would be like if it existed, and the ritual magic for summoning demons as described in grimoires actually worked, and its background was based closely on the writings and practising magicians working in the Christian tradition from the 13th to the 18th centuries.

I read it because it was Blish and I was hard up, but I was blown away.


It’s more of a novella or long short story than a full-length novel, but it’s a great read. The Day After Judgment Hardcover first edition. After Such Knowledge 4 books. So although I’m not sure I’d exster this as out and out Christian fiction, this does come out of that world view and takes the demonic seriously–that’s what does make it unusual and at times fascinating.

Black Easter; or, Faust Aleph-Null | novel by Blish |

Experience the fantastic as an observer forbidden the relevant background knowledge? I miss the days when novels were routinely shorter.


Oh foolish munitions manufacturer, letting loose the demons of hell for one night! Together, those two novellas form the third part of the thematic After Such Knowledge trilogy the title is from a line of T. A bit of strange magic, and a Faustian bargain.

Black Easter; or, Faust Aleph-Null

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. Read about angelic fall? Blish goes into a great deal of detail of the rituals for summoning demons, which was interesting, however the prose is quite eaeter and the character very thin. Books eater James Blish. 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.

So the good Father Dominenco watches as the gates of hell are opened, and demon after fearful demon emerges into the world, to commit mayhem and slaughter upon our unprotected populations. 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.

This is the best book about contemporary magic use I have ever read, and far and away the best expression of Armageddon.

Blisb 06, Matt Gonzalez Kirkland rated it it was amazing Shelves: Think Time magazine cover. 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.


Retrieved from ” https: The story was originally published inbut that version did not contain the term; Blish apparently added it in a rewrite done for the anthology, which was first published in The only book with necromancy I’ve ever seen that tries to be faithful to medieval visions of how sorcery should work which appeals to the historian in me.

I read this at the same time as Frank Herbert’s ‘the Heavenmakers’ and it was interesting to compare Herbert’s worst book against Blish’s best.

Blish also wrote literary criticism of science fiction using the pen-name William Atheling Jr. I’ve not read Blish before and I really liked his erudite prose.

His first published story appeared inand his writing career progressed until he gave up his job to become a professional writer. Add to that a great plot and one of the best endings I have ever read i. I lucked out, though, and found an old, thrashed copy of Black Easter in a used bookstore down the street from where I work.

Michael Rosenblumfancyclopedia. View the earthly nexus between heaven and hell? Pages to import images to Wikidata. Kent State University Press.

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