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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Two such titles, less well known and less praised than A Case of Conscience, will serve here to make the case for Blish’s artistry and thereby explain why, by the twenty-first century, the name James Blish just might occur to the average person assuming the survival of the species asked to name an author of science fiction.

Notify me of new comments via email. ComiXology Thousands of Digital Comics. The test runs are cleverly thought out, and convey both the fundamental seriousness of the enterprise and the utter immorality of both parties. The Echoes of Sol: Stevie King, though the man can write when he wants to, comes to mind.

This page was last edited on 7 Julyat Initially Baines tests Ware’s credentials by asking for two people to be killed, first the Governor of California, Rogan Reagan was governor at the time of writing and then a rival physicist. Between and his death from lung cancer inBlish became the first author to write eastfr story collections based upon the classic TV series Star Trek. Glad you enjoyed it, as I did, too.

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Very interesting story about Black Magic. This is a thesis novel in the sense that its events seem to have been carefully thought out before Blish even began to write the book – from the first page to the last, he leads the reader towards a powerful and inevitable conclusion. A strange, surreal journey to say the least. Horrifying, but never less than interesting, right on down to the references to 60s technology and political attitudes.

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In total, Blish wrote 11 volumes of short stories adapted from episodes of the s TV series, as well as an original novel, Spock Must Die!

And in fact, if the two books are considered as one book under the title of “The Devil’s Day,” then another of Blish’s claims holds water: But the telling is rich and the ending is totally unexpected.

Drawing extensively from actual magical rituals, the ester 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.

Black Easter – James Blish

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. Forged from a partnership between a university press and a library, Project MUSE is a trusted part of the academic and scholarly community it serves.

The plot of this novel could bliish charted with a single ascending line. Still it is a short book and well worth picking up if you are interested in that kind of thing.

Anthony Emmel rated it it was amazing Nov 27, But even those in the book who practice good, those white magicians we’d expect to be pure and beloved of God, are steeped in blissh. Jan 05, Adam rated it liked it. By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy.


Black Easter

Blish clearly did a ton of research, and ably guides the book from scientific realism to phantasmagoric fanta Enter your mobile number or email address below and we’ll send you a link to download the free Kindle App.

Head Ov Metal rated it liked it Jan 03, Blish also wrote novelizations of Star Trek episodes. He is credited with coining the term gas giant, in the story “Solar Plexus” as it appeared in the anthology Beyond Human Ken, edited by Judith Merril. Blish, to paraphrase a character in a movie, had a very devious mind, I am very happy to say. His Hugo-awardwinning novel A Case of Conscience, which successfully fuses complex religious issues with the theme of alien contact i.

I am not usually a fan of fiction that explicitly discusses good and evil. View freely available titles: 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.

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After Such Knowledge A gripping easteg about primal evil: Extremely well-written but ultimately befuddling. Just a jamds while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. Amazon Inspire Digital Educational Resources. 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 of Aleister Crowley should move this book to the top of their reading list.

This one I will hold on too.

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