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Together they make an incredibly entertaining and thought-provoking story of angels vs demons, God vs Satan vs Man and the true nature of good and evil. I absolutely loved this book. James Blish is highly under-rated. Oct 10, David rated it liked it Shelves: Extremely well-written but ultimately befuddling. Literally all Hell breaks loose.

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An interesting take on apocalyptic literature. For my money, Blish overdoes the descriptions of black magic preparations, paraphernalia, and ritualsthough evidently his intent was, in part, to show how magic was “really” supposed to have been done. Tries to be simultaneously occult thriller, satire, and novel of theological ideas. Succeeds pretty well on the first and last, but the satire seems strained. Aug 18, Ron rated it really liked it.

This is actually my favorite depiction of how magic might work in the real world. Aug 31, Michael Shurtleff rated it really liked it. This book is actually two books. Neither is for the squeamish or the easily offended.

And the underlying story is both blasphemous and sacrilegious. Boish, It’s a well-written story, eastet a clear plot and well-developed characters. 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. Apr 21, Lisa Harmonybites rated it liked it Shelves: Blish said in his Author’s Note to Black Easter that every one of the “novels, poems and plays about magic and witchcraft” he’s read treat jajes as “romantic or playful.

Hlack and even included an extensive quotation from his Screwtape Letters heading one of the chapters. 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 eastrr times fascinating.


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It’s obvious not just from his note but the vividness of his details and even the quotes heading chapters Blish did extensive research–actually reading grimoires and manuscripts on ceremonial magic. At the same time Blish is best known as a science fiction writer, and back magic with almost scientific rigor. The first book reads as Christian allegory of scientific hubris, the second as Cold War parody.

I found that dated the second book and made it less interesting, although it did have moments of very black comedy. And maybe a believing Christian would have found the ending powerful and moving, as the ending of the first book was intended to be shocking–I found it trite.

Mind you, I’m keeping this book on my bookshelf–simply because I find Blish’s approach to magic and exploration of the temptations of knowledge so interesting. Sep 19, Dan rated it really liked it Shelves: I really enjoyed the first section of this book, the novel “Black Easter. But the second section, the novel “The Day After Judgement,” goes off the rails a bit as it satirizes the military-industrial complex.

But the second section is still a fast, entertaining read.

The first section is a slow, entertaining read, filled with historical asides and a plethora of demons with unpronounceable names. Als I really enjoyed the first section of this book, the novel “Black Easter. Also, for some odd reason, there are no female characters to speak of in either novel. I’m not sure if there’s even one that has any dialog. There’s one that appears to be female who does have a supporting role, but being a demon, it’s actually neither male nor female, or perhaps it’s both.

I guess since the main characters are all drawn from the Catholic Church and the ss military-industrial complex and Hell, if you include all the demonsthat does limit the available pool of female characters. In this compilation of two novellas by sci-fi giant James Blish, the ramifications of black magic are explored with an intriguing mix of mysticism and scientific study.

At first what would seem to be an uneasy mix turns out to be a refreshing and interesting interpretation of the various rituals and spells discussed in the grimoires and religious texts scattered throughout history. Blish clearly did a ton of research, and ably guides the book from scientific realism to phantasmagoric fanta Blish clearly did a ton of research, and ably guides the book from scientific realism to phantasmagoric fantasy with aplomb and imagination, sketching impressionistic but vivid images of demons and magic and rituals and other such hellish things.

Ultimately, the whole thing is an exploration of the philosophical question of the Problem of Evil and the existence of God, which culminates in an ironic and darkly comic twist that ends these two great novellas with a bang. Feb 17, Rick Powell rated it really liked it.

Black Easter – James Blish

A detailed and thought-provoking account of what would happen if an arms manufacturer were to go to a black blihs to see what would happen if demons were to be released into the world for one night and its aftermath. Blish’s style of writing and craftmanship can be noticed all throughout.


I was first introduced the Mr. Blish with his story, More Light, and I was extremely impressed then. Aug 20, Arlene Salceda rated it really liked it.

The Devil’s Day by James Blish is about the practice of black magic. I love the Black Easter wherein summoning of a great horde of demons on the Earth and The Day After Judgement which eastet of what happens after they arrive. Two novellas with interesting ideas, and a great ending in the style of Milton. That’s all that can be said about it. Claus Skaaning rated it it was amazing Jul 19, Chris Whitty rated it nlack was ok Dec 31, Yurifreak rated it it was amazing Feb 01, Oscar Fuentes rated it liked it Nov 25, David Berberick rated it it was amazing Nov bpish, Chris rated it it was ok Sep 17, Scott rated it really liked it Jul 23, Scott Gillespie rated it it was ester Jan 31, Jared rated it it was amazing May 12, Robert rated it really liked it Nov 25, Stultz rated it really liked it Mar 08, Mike Grant rated it it was amazing Sep 14, Chris Nichols rated it it was amazing Aug 05, Anthony Emmel rated it it was amazing Nov 27, John Mark Eberhart rated it blsih was amazing Feb 16, Head Ov Metal rated it liked it Jan 03, There are no discussion topics on this book yet.

Blish also wrote literary criticism of science fiction using the pen-name William Atheling Jr. In the late ‘s to the early ‘s, Blish was a jamew of the Futurians.

Blish trained as a biologist at Rutgers and Columbia University, and spent — as a medical technician in the U. After the war he became the science editor for the Pfizer pharmaceutical company. His first published story appeared inand his writing career progressed until he gave up his job to become a professional writer.

Hames 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. The story was originally published inbut that version did not contain the term; Blish apparently added it in a blwck done for the anthology, which was first published in Blish was married to the literary agent Virginia Kidd from to From tohe worked for the Tobacco Institute.

Between and his death from lung cancer inBlish became the first author to write short story collections based upon the classic TV series Star Trek. 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! He died midway through writing Star Trek 12; his wife, J. Lawrencecompleted eeaster book, and later completed the adaptations in the volume Mudd’s Blisu.