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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Nov 13, Kestrell rated it it was ok. It suggests that God may not be dead, or that demons may not be inherently self-destructive, as something appears to be restraining the actions of the demons upon Earth. Open Preview See a Problem? I’ve been meaning to read a Blish novel for years, having read and liked a short story of 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.

The world building in that regard is first class, which is why I’m not rating it lower. Oh also it’s incredibly fucking sexist. In the first book, a wealthy arms manufacturer comes to a black magicianTheron Ware, with a strange request: He doesn’t much care about war and arms deals.


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

Worth a read, but don’t go out of your way to find it. Blish also wrote literary criticism of science fiction using the pen-name William Atheling Jr.

My emergency came up last week when, before I left for work, I couldn’t find the book I was reading, so I needed something to read at lunch. 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. Return to Book Page. Is he, as the incarnated demons announce, already dead? 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.

While always problematic to say that a book is the “first” to do something especially when you haven’t read every book ever writtenthis 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.

I just reread this book February 6, and I liked it even better than the first time I read it when I blidh it 4. Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account.

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Black Easter; or, Faust Aleph-Null

A eatser 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.


View all 9 comments. Dec 10, Doug Luberts rated it really liked it.

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. I read this short novel in less than a day, a matter of hours, but I fear esster will haunt my thoughts for many weeks to come. Start a story before it begins?

His speciality is murder, any sort of murder. Jan 05, Adam rated it liked it. For what is a rather slow and steady book, the final couple chapters really payoff, drenched in Satanic blissh and the blackest, deepest apocalyptic misfortunes.

Between and his death from lung cancer inBlish became the first author to write short story collections based faster the classic TV series Star Trek.

It suggests that God may not be dead, or that demons may not be inherently self-destructive, as something appears to be restraining the actions of the demons upon Earth. Book reviews and more at:

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