Blish created a trilogy, each volume of which dealt with an aspect of the price of knowledge, & gave it the overall name of After Such Knowledge (from a T.S. Eliot quote). The 1st published, A Case of Conscience (winner of the '59 Hugo Award as well as 2004/1953 Retrospective Hugo for Best Novella), showed a Jesuit priest confronted with an intelligent alien species, apparently unfallen, which he eventually concludes must be a Satanic fabrication. The 2nd, Doctor Mirabilis, is a historical novel about the medieval proto-scientist Roger Bacon. The 3rd, actually two short novels, Black Easter & The Day After Judgment, was written using the assumption that the ritual magic for summoning demons as described in grimoires actually worked. In that book, a powerful industrialist & arms merchant arranges to call up demons in the midst of a modern world crisis, resulting in nuclear war & the destruction of civilization. Black Easter is devoted to that element of the plot; The Day After Judgment is devoted to exploring the consequences of the destruction of the world, with an extraordinary ending in both narrative & theological terms.
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Book Description Hutchinson / Arrow, 1984. Soft cover. Book Condition: Good: Moderate signs of wear. Cover Art: Geoff Taylor (illustrator). 1984 Edition. © 1964: 1st in the 'After Such Knowledge' series of books. 1st printing of 1984 edition:- Synopsis: Roger Bacon: heretic, occultist - genius. In a Europe dominated by the narrow doctrines of Catholicism, Bacon was a man whose vision reached far beyond even our own day, a man who risked deadly accusations of heresy and black magic in his search for scientific truth. In this brilliant novel, set against a vividly realized backdrop of thirteenth-century England, Paris and Rome, James Blish recreates the life of this lonely prophet and suspected sorcerer:- Review(s): "It is rare to find a historical novel that generates so much excitement about ideas" - Sunday Telegraph / "Extraordinarily powerful. Thoughtful and entirely entertaining. Blish is a master at weaving fact and fantasy together" - New Scientist:- (original cost £1.95). Bookseller Inventory # 14.005.00026
Book Description Arrow, London, 1984. Paperback. Book Condition: Very Good. No Jacket. Paperback First Thus. 318pp. Vg, light shelfwear, faint creasing to spine, no owner's marks. Acclaimed historical novel about the 13th century genius, scientist,and suspected practitioner of occult arts, Roger Bacon. In a Europe dominated by the narrow doctrines of mediaeval Catholicism, Bacon was a man who risked deadly accusations of heresy and black magic in his search for scientific truth. 210g. Scarce, especially in such good condition. (Science fiction, Fantasy, Historical, Occult, Black Magic, Vintage Pb, Collectible). Bookseller Inventory # C13719
Book Description Legend paperbacks. Book Condition: Acceptable. Used - Acceptable. Heavy wear and tear. Ex-library with wear and barcode page may have been removed. Bookseller Inventory # Z1-C-053-00953
Book Description Arrow, 1984. Paperback. Book Condition: Good. Ex Library Book with usual stamps and stickers. A slight tan to the page edges. Good condition is defined as: a copy that has been read but remains in clean condition. All of the pages are intact and the cover is intact and the spine may show signs of wear. The book may have minor markings which are not specifically mentioned. Most items will be dispatched the same or the next working day. Bookseller Inventory # mon0007245432
Book Description Legend paperbacks, 1984. Paperback. Book Condition: Very Good. Bookseller Inventory # P020099339609