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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Business has been brisk but uninspiring in recent years. From tohe eastrr for the Tobacco Institute. Apr 21, Scott Ferry rated it it was amazing. Jan 05, Adam rated it liked it. I Am That I Am The revelation pardon the pun sans spoilers presents a compelling argument for the theological hypothesis raised by Blish.

It had a strangely disjointed feel that, in retrospect, may well have added to its impact. Meet detached, punctilious Evil?

Black Easter is a swell little book about black magic and the individuals who appreciate it and who practice it and who oppose it. The world is vanquished. Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.

Black Easter; or, Faust Aleph-Null

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.


Baines is plausibly skeptical at first, and wants to carry out a couple of tests, to satisfy himself that Ware is on the level. Took me for a spin on something that was a bit outside my comfort zone.

Tension between white magicians who appear to have a line of communications with the unfallen host in Heaven and Ware is woven over the terms and conditions of a magical covenant that is designed eastwr provide for observers and limitations. I had no hopes for the book.

Recommended to Lisa Harmonybites by: 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. But in Black Easter Blish truly suprised me with a rich story full of great characters and a plot that truly kept you guessing, all steeped in a very authentic and researched world of historical magic in the ‘modern’ world.

A disturbing tale of black magic against a background blis impending nuclear war, with an extremely downbeat ending. Michael Rosenblumfancyclopedia. It’s a wonderful, outlandish, esoteric thriller.

For what is a rather slow and steady book, the final couple chapters really payoff, drenched in Satanic majesty and the blackest, deepest apocalyptic misfortunes.

Black Easter

Black Easter ends with Baphomet announcing to the participants that the demons can not be compelled to return to Hell: Tension between Ware and Catholic white magicians arises over the terms and conditions of a covenant that provides for observers and limitations on interference with demonic workings. Read about angelic fall?


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. A bit of strange magic, and a Faustian bargain.

Yet it remains Science Fiction. This seemed very interesting when I started it, but became increasingly less so as I approached the ending. Michael Rosenblumisfdb. Oct 25, Batmensch rated it it was amazing.

SF Reviews Black Easter by James Blish

Fab stuff indeed, and followed by the very satisfying sequel “The Day After Judgement”. And where is God amongst this mayhem? This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers.

When a client, in a fit of pique brought on by too much wealth and comfort, offers him a huge sum to unleash a host of demons from hell, Ware agrees, and soon finds that there are deadly gaps in his knowledge of the black art. I dug Black Easter out and was quickly knocked on my ass.

Meet the Devil that lurks in the metaphysical world, the physical world, in you. Views Read Edit View history. I miss the days when novels were routinely shorter. The action is being followed by Father Garelli, a white magician working for the Church. Oct 26, prcardi rated it liked it Shelves: