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 magician Theron Ware sees what he does as a job, one requiring much study before one can master it and from that mastery profit.

I never found it scary, nor was scared for the characters, and the ending, which I thought predictable, didn’t have much impact upon me.

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

In the first book, a wealthy arms manufacturer comes to a black magicianTheron Ware, with a strange request: Should be required boack for all children. It was first published in This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. 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.

View all 8 comments. 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. I’ve been meaning to read a Blish novel for years, having read and liked a short story bladk 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.


It’s written with clarity and precision, a perfect foil to its supernatural subject matter.

Retrieved from ” https: I tossed it in my glove box because it is always a good idea to have a back up book handy in case of emergencies and forgot about it.

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 Books by James Blish. By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Blisg and Privacy Policy. I lucked out, though, and found an old, thrashed copy of Black Easter in a used bookstore down the street from where I work.

From tohe worked for the Tobacco Institute. The theme and commentary of good versus evil set in a nuclear age setting has been very thoughtfully commented on in a way that is very prevelent online for an out-of-print and hard-to-find book Hugo winner though it may be. After Such Knowledge 4 books.


This page was last edited on 22 Decemberat 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. Published June by Avon Books first published Blqck 27, Manny rated it really liked it Shelves: Eadter had know idea how talented the man was, but I know now.

Pages to import images to Wikidata. I read it because it was Blish and I was hard up, but I was blown away.

His speciality is murder, any sort of murder. Jul 11, Lisa Harmonybites rated it liked it Recommends it for: 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.


I am not usually a fan of fiction that explicitly discusses good and evil. And boy, has Glack Ware provided him with a woman. This is a genuinely scary book.

Black Easter; or, Faust Aleph-Null

By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. He will give Ware bkish large part of his enormous fortune, if the magician can summon most of the demons from Hell, and let them loose on Earth for one night. A shorter version of Black Easter was serialized as Faust Aleph-Null in If magazine, August—October ; the book edition retains the phrase as its subtitle. Blish isn’t being campy, or playing it for blisu. Is he, as the incarnated demons announce, already dead?

In the late ‘s to the early ‘s, Blish was a member of the Futurians. Blish succeeds well in describing Garelli’s feelings of helpless rage as the plan comes together, and Armageddon draws ever nearer; one blis thinks of real-world parallels. 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. This is a great little book This is a book of its era, slim by today’s standards but still an intriguing read ezster SF author Blish.

A swift moving classic page-turner. Too black and white.

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

Together, those two novellas form the third part of the thematic After Such Knowledge trilogy the title is from a line of T. A Reader’s Guide to Fantasy. The characters not so much–and the plot feels a bit thin.