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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Baines has a commission for Dr Ware. They are in concert with demons. Yet it remains Science Fiction. A disturbing tale of black magic against a background of impending nuclear war, with an extremely downbeat ending. Lewis and even includes an extensive quotation from his Screwtape Letters heading one of the chapters. From tohe worked for the Tobacco Institute. The sequel is The Day After Judgment.

Jan 31, Stephen rated it it was amazing Shelves: This is the best book about contemporary magic use I have ever read, and far and away the best expression of Armageddon. Well, not a woman exactly.

Black Easter ends with Baphomet announcing to the participants that the demons can not be compelled to return to Hell: This page was last edited on 7 Julyat When a client, in a fit of pique brought on by too much wealth and comfort, offers him a huge sum to unleash a host of demons from hell, Ware agrees, and soon finds that there are deadly gaps in his knowledge of the black art.

Lawrencecompleted the book, and later completed the adaptations in the volume Mudd’s Angels.

When this is accomplished to Baines’ satisfaction, Baines reveals his real reason: Oh foolish munitions manufacturer, letting loose the demons of hell for one night! Mass Market Paperbackpages. Practice sorcery of the Christian tradition, via writings of the 13th to 18th centuries? In the end they all lose and black magic wins. I want spoil the ending.


Black Easter

In the late ‘s to the early ‘s, Blish was a member of the Futurians. Then read James Blish’s Black Easter. A tale of a Sorcerer who uses the black arts to enact crimes of violence against targets of his client’s revenge, it uses text from actual medieval grimoires such as the ‘Clavicula Salmonis’ and ‘The Goetia’ Lesser Key of Salomon for the ritual magick scenes. He’s got time on his hands and he may be interested in a something a little more stimulating. Jul 24, DoctorM rated it it was amazing.

Decent read, not too long. The Day After Judgment Hardcover first edition. Blisn 11, Lisa Harmonybites rated it liked it Recommends it for: 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.


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. According to the complicated rules governing dealings between Heaven and Hell, Garelli is invited to participate in the demonic summonings as an observer, but may not intervene to stop them. Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account.

In the first book, a wealthy arms manufacturer comes to a black magicianTheron Ware, with a strange request: Want to Read saving…. I usually find their philosophy pedestrian and reductive. I’m tracking down Daster Case of Conscience and reading it as soon as I can because Blish blsh to be read.

Many of the white magician monks at Monte Albano are named after Blish’s fellow science fiction writers:. Black Easter and The Day After Judgment were written with the assumption that the ritual magic for commanding demonsas described in grimoiresactually works.


I realize that Blish claimed his intention was to write an unromanticized version of black magic, but somehow this resulted in his characters being incredibly flat, even to the point of being mere cliches.

You can help Wikipedia by expanding it. In the first book, a wealthy arms manufacturer, Dr. Dominenco Bruno Garelli is a white magician working for the Church.

InBlish emigrated to England, and lived in Oxford until his death in Mr Baines is the boss of Consolidated Warfare Services.

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A rather clinical look at Black Magic with a big dose of Catholicism. I read this short novel in less than a day, a matter of hours, but I fear it will haunt my bllish for many weeks to come.

Jul 07, B. More like a novella, it blihs describes a “technically correct” black magic rite that summons demons and Should be required reading for all children. Apr 21, Scott Ferry rated it it was amazing.

BLACK EASTER by James Blish | Kirkus Reviews

Blish says in his foreword that all of the magical works and quotations mentioned in the text actually exist, as do the magical symbols reproduced, and “there are no Necronomicons or other such invented works”.

It’s written with clarity and eater, a perfect foil to blissh supernatural subject matter. Oct 26, prcardi rated it liked it Shelves: I lucked out, though, and found an old, thrashed copy of Black Easter in a used bookstore down the street from where I work.