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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From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. The research into magic was great and well-deployed. And it’s a little bit scary. 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.

A nice touch is the way he’s still stuck in the medieval mind-set he acquired during his formative years; there’s a fun scene where he’s copying out the latest discoveries on quasars into his huge illuminated manuscript, using a goose-quill pen. Barnes is looking for something rather radically destructive, partly for the benefit of Consolidated Warfare Services but mostly just because he wants to. So evil exists in Blish’s Armageddon world, and it is released with a force on the world that ends everything we know mere hours.

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Oh foolish munitions manufacturer, letting loose the demons blixh hell for one night! Baines has a commission for Dr Ware. Black Easter Hardcover first edition.

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That’s irrelevant but interesting. 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 of the demons eastsr they appear.

I Am That I Am The revelation pardon the pun sans spoilers presents a compelling argument for the theological hypothesis raised by Blish.

Then read James Blish’ Storyline: Book reviews and more at: He’s several hundred years old, having sold his soul to the Devil in exchange blavk more or less eternal blush, and his passion is scientific knowledge. In the end they all lose and black magic wins. It was first published in And James Blish is his killer. I actually really liked this and couldn’t put it down. I read this short novel in less than a day, a matter of hours, but I fear it The book ends with three English words and a mathematical symbol commonly known as Aleph-naught.

It had a strangely disjointed feel that, in retrospect, may well have added to its impact. A disturbing tale of black magic against a background of impending nuclear war, with an extremely downbeat ending.

Black Easter; or, Faust Aleph-Null

Los Alamos Scientific Laboratory. Undeniably downbeat at the end, these two volumes skip through descriptions of magical ritual, demonic emergence and play and the arrival of eastre City of Dis with wit and aplomb.

Rather it deals with real sorcery as it would have to be, were it real. Baines, comes to a black magician, Theron Ware. Jan 05, Adam rated it liked it.

Mr Baines is the boss of Consolidated Warfare Services.

I’ve not read Blish before and I really liked his erudite prose. It’s possible because Blish offers us the theological science that called magic, which, in its ancient forms you pick the “-emy” or “-mancy” was the root of all secular sciences. Contemporary fantasy even at its best, as in the Golden Compass tends to emphasize again and again just how spectacular everything going on is.


Blish says in his Author’s Note that every one of the “novels, poems and plays about ewster and witchcraft” he’s read treat it as “romantic or playful. Black Easter is a fantasy novel by American writer James Blishin which an arms dealer hires a black magician to unleash all the demons of Hell on Earth for a single day. Where Herbert was known for sweeping sagas of great depth in detail blis philosophy, Blish had his most commercial success in being the first to novelize Star Trek stories.

I also wish Blish had expanded on the state of affairs in Heaven, but because he was going for a shocking concluding line I suppose that wasn’t, in his mind, possible. Black Easterpp. View all 8 comments.

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The Day After Judgementwhich follows in the series, develops and extends the characters from the first book. A very interesting read. Oct 25, Batmensch rated it it was amazing. In the late ‘s to the early ‘s, Blish was a member of the Futurians. Nov 27, Manny rated it really liked it Shelves: It’s fiction for the short attention span, which begs the reader “Keep reading!