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. why, by the twenty-first century, the name James Blish just might occur to the average day, Black Easter might also be grouped with Blish’s five more or less. A gripping story about primal evil: a sinister intermingling of power,politics, modern theology, the dark forces of necromancy, and what proves, all too terribly, not.

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Still it is a short book and well worth picking up if you are interested in that kind of thing. September 29, Imprint: In the first book, a wealthy arms manufacturer, Dr.

The Devil’s Day (After Such Knowledge, #) by James Blish

It was first published in serial form in in “If” magazine under the title “Faust Aleph-null. I love the Black Easter wherein summoning of a great horde of demons on the Earth and The Day After Judgement which tells of what happens jamse they arrive.

And, like that book, give “Black Easter” a chance and it just might make your neck hairs vlack up a bit. Baines has a commission for Dr Ware. The plot of this novel could be charted with a single ascending line.

The ending is abrupt, and not nearly as satisfying as rest of the novel, but it’s a fun book, and a very original appr This is a great little book Expect to be alternately intrigued, amused in a misanthropic way, and finally left in an existential haze–wondering what happened and left to figure out the meaning for yourself. A cloistered monk desperately tries to blsck the Pandora’s box opened by a mischievous weapons dealer who has recruited a powerful black magician to stir up trouble for humanity on the eve of Judgement Day.


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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. David Berberick rated it it was amazing Nov 23, Those first two books do not share the same character set that appears in “Easter” and “Judgement” or, if you prefer, “The Devil’s Day.

The Devil’s Day

There are even neo-Pagans today who embrace a belief in ceremonial magic as benign. I read it because it was Blish and I was hard up, but I was blown away. How is that possible? 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.

Well, not a woman exactly. The Issue at Hand. Another good story and it takes place, literally the day after the events in Black Easter. Nov 03, Patrick rated it liked it. 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.

Robert rated it really liked it Nov 25, The Day After Judgment Hardcover first edition. In lieu of an abstract, here is a brief excerpt of the content: Curse of the Legion. So although I’m not sure I’d classify these novellas 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 – James Blish

Amazon Restaurants Food delivery from local restaurants. The four main characters – Black magician Theron Ware, monk and White magician Father Domenico, weapons-maker Baines and his assistant Jack Ginsberg – all play clearly defined roles, each providing the reader a different point of view from which to evaluate what is being said and done. Having been a long-time fan of science fiction with saster themes, I inevitably got around to this one.

Trivia About The Devil’s Day Read it aloud to kids at a party and they will be quiet. Black Easter is a Nebula Award-nominated fantasy novel by James Blish in which an arms dealer hires a black magician to unleash all the Demons of Hell on earth for a single day.

Ultimately, the cosmology and theology are rendered absurd by the final sentence, a bit of a joke that was au courant in the era this was written. Much of Blish’s output is as ephemeral and tawdry as most science fiction but his best work, eastfr such classics as Asimov’s Foundation series and Heinlein’s A Stranger in a Strange Land, both invites and rewards close scrutiny.

Nov 13, Kestrell rated it it was ok. Views Read Edit View history.