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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Also, I had read this before–albeit over a decade ago–but it didn’t make enough of an impression to really be memorable–thus why I’m not rating it higher.

Other books in the series. Black Easter and The Day After Judgment were written with the assumption that the ritual magic for commanding demonsblksh described in grimoiresactually works. After Such Knowledge 2. 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.

Refresh and try again. The sequel is The Day After Judgment.

One of my favorite books of all time; a science balck writer’s take on the question “What if magic worked as described in medieval texts”? Exactly what you need eastef you carry the paperback round just in case you might one day need one or two of the infernal demons to help you out of a sticky situation.

Want to Read saving…. From tohe worked for the Tobacco Institute. Nov 13, Kestrell rated it it was ok. This page was last edited on 22 Decemberat Sep 25, LQ to the max! Los Alamos Scientific Laboratory. In blsck lengthy Miltonian speech at the end of the novel, Satan Mekratrig explains that, compared to humans, demons are good, and that if perhaps God has withdrawn Himself, then Satan beyond all others was qualified to take His place and, if anything, would be a more just god.

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Black Easter (After Such Knowledge, #2) by James Blish

The book includes a lengthy description of the summoning ritual and a detailed description of the grotesque demons as they appear. Eliot 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 blac day. This seemed very interesting when Esster started it, but became increasingly less so as I approached the ending.

Barnes is looking for something rather radically destructive, partly for the benefit of Consolidated Warfare Services but mostly ester because he wants to.

Then read James Blish’s Black Easter. Want to Read Currently Reading Read. I had no hopes for the book. 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 blacl stunningly realistic take on black magic and Armageddon.

Retrieved from ” https: Dec 10, Doug Luberts rated it really liked it. They use and abuse knowledge, and as the myths of Prometheus and the Garden of Eden have blush to teach us, this knowledge is the root of all evil. I am not usually a fan of fiction that explicitly discusses good and evil.

Get thrust into a story you are not yet ready for and be shoved out again before you’re sure of what you’ve seen. I dug Black Easter out and was quickly knocked on my ass.

Still it is a short book and well worth picking up if you are interested in that kind of thing.

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

A reviewer of Black Easter said, of the book’s California governor “Rogan”: Under the covenant between the white and black magicians, he may not hinder or halt Ware’s insane plans and must simply, horrified and repelled, observe the proceedings. Lewis and even includes an extensive quotation from his Screwtape Letters heading one of the chapters. Nov 03, Patrick rated it liked it. Blakc, the back cover said it would “scare hell out of me” and it did not deliver.


The risk of nuclear warfare and its threat of Mutually Assured Destruction deters the large scale conflicts. I had know idea how talented the man was, but I know now. A bit of strange magic, and a Faustian blishh.

The magician Theron Ware sees what he does as a job, one requiring much study before one can master it and from that mastery profit. His speciality is murder, any sort of murder.

Piece together the allegory never made explicit? Start a story before it begins?

Black Easter; or, Faust Aleph-Null

As an experiment, a cluster of men decide to conjure all of the demons of hell and unleash them on the world for a single night. Drawing extensively from actual magical rituals, the “always-delivers” Mr Blish imagines an international arms dealer employing a real wizard to unleash 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.

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 blwck Aleister Crowley should move this book to the top of their reading list.