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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Want to Read Currently Reading Read. Refresh and try again. Open Preview See a Problem? Thanks for telling us about the problem. Return to Book Page. Preview — Black Easter by James Blish. Black Easter is a Nebula Award-nominated fantasy novel by James Blafk in which an arms dealer hires a black magician to bllish all the Demons of Hell on earth for a single day. It was first published in The sequel is The Day After Judgment.

Together, those two very short novels form the third part of the thematic “After Such Knowledge” trilogy title from T. Eliot Black Easter is a Nebula Award-nominated fantasy novel by James Blish in lbish an arms dealer hires a black magician to unleash all the Demons of Hell on earth for a single day. Eliot’s “Gerontion,” “After such knowledge, what forgiveness?

Black Easter was serialised as Faust aleph-null in If magazine. Mass Market Paperbackpages.

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Black Easter (After Such Knowledge, book 3) by James Blish

Nov 27, Manny rated it really liked it Shelves: I don’t usually go for novels about black magic, which I tend to find boring and kind of stupid, but this one is pretty good. Blish isn’t being campy, or playing it for laughs.

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. The author must have done a lot of background reading, and the atmosphere feels authentic. I particularly liked the descriptions of the demons, who are both chillingly evil and bizar I don’t usually go for novels about black magic, which I tend to find boring and kind of stupid, but this one is pretty good.

Black Easter

I particularly liked the descriptions of the demons, who are both chillingly evil and bizarrely other-worldly. The plot is a variant on the Faust myth the book’s subtitle is in fact “Faust Easte. Theron Ware is an accomplished black magician. He’s several hundred years old, having sold his soul to the Devil in blac, for more or less eternal life, and his passion is scientific knowledge. 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.

But he’s impatient with the slow rate of progress, and thinks that, if he could only get some serious money, he’d be able to speed things up. Ware is contacted by a billionaire arms dealer, Baines, and they start cooking up a deal. Baines is plausibly skeptical at first, and wants to carry out a couple of tests, to satisfy himself that Ware is on the level.

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The test runs are cleverly thought out, and convey both the fundamental seriousness of the enterprise and the utter immorality of both parties. Baines then gets down to business, and makes his proposal. He will give Ware a 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. The action is being followed by Father Garelli, a white magician working for the Church.

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. Blish succeeds well in describing Garelli’s feelings of helpless rage as the plan comes together, and Armageddon draws ever nearer; one readily thinks of real-world parallels. 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.

This is a genuinely scary book. View all 8 comments.


I don’t usually dig skulls on my vintage horror covers especially photo versionsas they’re so overdone, but this is one of the few exceptions to that rule. This will be my first Blish read, other than a couple sf shorts back in the day. Apr 01, Brad rated it really liked it Shelves: And James Blish is his killer.

I’ve been meaning to read a Blish novel for years, having read and liked a short story of his — How Bpish 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. I lucked out, though, and found an old, thrashed copy of Black Easter in a used bookstore down the street from where I work.

I tossed it in my glove box because it is always a good idea to have a back up book handy in blisu of emergencies and forgot about it. My emergency came up last week when, before Eawter left for work, I couldn’t find the book I was reading, so I needed something to read at lunch. I dug Black Easter out and was quickly knocked on my ass. I am not usually a fan of fiction that explicitly discusses good and evil.

I usually find their philosophy pedestrian and reductive. Too black and white. But Black Easter isn’t a pedestrian book, nor is Blish a pedestrian author. I had know idea how talented the man was, but I know now. Yet it remains Science Fiction. How is that possible? 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. The magicians who practice lbish theoscience take their work as seriously as a nuclear physicist would, and their practices are as rigorous, boish laboratories as specialized, their tools and books as important, their minds as honed as any image we have of today’s scientists.

They use and abuse knowledge, and as the myths of Prometheus and the Garden of Eden have tried to teach us, this knowledge is the root of all evil.

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. Too benevolent, too bound by honour, too naive to stop the evil. But even those in the book who practice good, those white magicians blihs expect to be pure and beloved of God, are steeped in evil. They are in concert with demons. And their paralysis, brought on by goodness, is tainted with evil.


There isn’t much gray in Blish’s Black Easterbut the black and the white are everywhere, in everyone, and while they may react like oil and vinegar when in contact, while they may not bleed into each other, they make for a deliciously creepy and stunningly realistic take on black magic and Armageddon. I had no hopes for the book. I read it because it was Blish and I was hard up, but I was blown away.

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

I’m tracking down A Case of Conscience and reading it as soon as I can because Blish deserves to be blisb. View all 9 comments. Jan 31, Stephen rated it it was amazing Shelves: I just reread this book February 6, and I liked it even better than the first time I read it when I gave it 4. While always problematic to say eaeter a book is the “first” to do something especially when you haven’t read every book ever bllackthis appears to be the first book in which the art of magic is portrayed as a rigorous, almost scientific endeavor fraught with peril and potentially very unpleasant.

Add to that a blihs plot and one of the best endings 6. Add to that a great plot and one of the best endings I have ever read i.

The book ends with three English words and a mathematical symbol commonly known as Aleph-naught. I Am Eaaster I Am The revelation pardon the pun sans spoilers presents a compelling argument for the theological hypothesis raised by Blish. 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. I read this short novel in less than a day, a matter of hours, but I fear it will haunt my thoughts for many weeks to come.

A strange, surreal journey to say the least. And upon further research, find yet another book The Damnation of Theron Ware: Or Illumination by Harold Frederic I should read because: In this novel Ware brings about the death of God and the triumph of Satan.

The book was adapted into a play in by a Troy University theatre blih and produced by the school’s drama department. Drawing extensively from actual magical rituals, the “always-delivers” Mr Blish imagines an international arms dealer employing a real wizard to blksh 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.

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

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And it’s a little bit scary. Jul 24, DoctorM rated it it was amazing. 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. What if the Blacl comes and things just don’t go the way eawter Tim LaHaye types think it will? Dark and clever and very, very different. Worth reading, along with its sequel, “The Day After Judgment”. Sep 25, LQ to the max! View all 6 comments.