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Fantasy
Author: James Blish
ISBN: 9997404599
Subcategory: Science Fiction
Pages 188 pages
Publisher Walker & Co (1969)
Language English
Category: Fantasy
Rating: 4.5
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A Case of Conscience is a science fiction novel by American writer James Blish, first published in 1958

A Case of Conscience is a science fiction novel by American writer James Blish, first published in 1958. It is the story of a Jesuit who investigates an alien race that has no religion yet has a perfect, innate sense of morality, a situation which conflicts with Catholic teaching. The story was originally published as a novella in 1953, and later extended to novel-length, of which the first part is the original novella

As Agronski somewhere remarks, anybody who can spit can speak Lithian. Book One. The stone door slammed.

A Case of Conscience by James Blish I schal declare the disposcioun of rome fro hys first makin. nd the seconde part schal declar ye holynesse of ye same place fro his first crystendom; I schal not write but that i fynde in auctores or ellis that I sey with eye. John Capgrave: The Solace of Pilgrims to LARRY SHAWPronunciation KeyFor any reader who cares, the Lithian words and names he will encounter here and there in this stor. As Agronski somewhere remarks, anybody who can spit can speak Lithian.

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A Case of Conscience is a science fiction novel by James Blish, first published in 1958. It is the story of a Jesuit who investigates an alien race that has no religion; they are completely without any concept of God, an afterlife, or the idea of sin; and the species evolves through several forms through the course of its life cycle. The story was originally published as a novella in 1953, and later extended to novel-length, of which the first part is the original novella.

A Case of Conscience by James Blish

A Case of Conscience by James Blish. I schal declare the disposcioun of rome fro hys first makin. John Capgrave: The Solace of Pilgrims.

A Case of Conscience. A Case of Conscience is a science fiction novel by James Blish, first published in 1958

A Case of Conscience. Publisher: Ballantine Books, 1958. A Case of Conscience is a science fiction novel by James Blish, first published in 1958. It is the story of a Jesuit who investigates an alien race that has no religion; they are completely without any concept of God, an afterlife, or the idea of sin; and the species evolves through several forms through the course of its life cycle

A Case of Conscience" by James Blish is an interesting science ficton novel which has held up fairly well. Originally written in the 1950s, the story involves a mission to another planet, Lithia, where a race of intelligent beings exist. These beings are rational, logical, and welcoming

A Case of Conscience" by James Blish is an interesting science ficton novel which has held up fairly well. These beings are rational, logical, and welcoming. They are physically somewhat like a bipedal reptile with a pouch. The plot follows (mainly) the journey of a Catholic Priest/scientist Ruiz-Sanchez. I read the book the first time in the late 1970s and then again jsut recently. Positives: The alien's society is well crafted, Good dialogue. by James Blish Book One. The stone door slammed

A Case of Conscience. nd the seconde part schal. It was Cleaver's trade-mark: there had never been a door too heavy, complex, or cleverly tracked to prevent him from closing it with a sound like a clap of doom.

The Science Fiction Encyclopedia lauds A Case of Conscience as one of the first serious attempts to deal with religion, and remains one of the most sophisticated. It is generally regarded as an SF classic. Readers of Isaac Asimov’s Foundation Trilogy, Mary Doria Russell’s The Sparrow, or Walter M. Miller J. s A Canticle for Leibowitz will find this award-winning novel a gripping, compelling exploration of some of the most intractable and important questions faced by the human species. Includes an introduction by Hugo and Nebula Award–winning author Greg Bear.

First American Edition. A very good copy in a very good dust jacket. The book's white boards are tanned at the edges and have mild soiling. Bumps and rubs to the head and base of the spine. Name written at the lower right edge of the front fly. Dust spotting to the half-title page. The dust jacket is tanned along the spine and dust soiled at the panels. Small rubs to the DJ's outer corners. Rubbing to the head and base of its spine.
Justie
I first read this in my 20's. I'm now 76. I don't believe I've read any other novel that has overlaid religion as successfully on reality as does this. I ponder its message given the current state of politics in America.
WinDImmortaL
Every five or ten years, I find this book in my library, and find something new and different each time, though I must admit I'm fond of the killer bumblebees on the sun porch.

This is a Hugo Award Winner from back in the day that every science fiction fan should have already read. If not, a wonderful experience awaits.

The After Such Knowledge series includes:

• A Case of Conscience
• Black Easter
• The Day After Judgment
• Doctor Mirabilis

Ever well read science fiction fan should read this non-stop at least once in their lifetime.

Highly Recommended!
Uaoteowi
"A Case of Conscience" by James Blish is an interesting science ficton novel which has held up fairly well. Originally written in the 1950s, the story involves a mission to another planet, Lithia, where a race of intelligent beings exist. These beings are rational, logical, and welcoming. They are physically somewhat like a bipedal reptile with a pouch. The plot follows (mainly) the journey of a Catholic Priest/scientist Ruiz-Sanchez. I read the book the first time in the late 1970s and then again jsut recently.

Positives: The alien's society is well crafted, Good dialogue. Interesting characters. Somewhat of an unexpected climax.
Negatives: for a protestant person, I was unfamiliar with the heirarachy of the Roman Catholic Church. Catholic readers may be better able to relate to some of the ecclesiastical orders and such better than I did. Nonetheless, the novel is an interesting read.
I did find the passages when the team come back to Earth, (trying to avoid spoliers here) less compelling than the interactions on the foreign planet.

My grade, a nice B novel. Worth the time and effort, but as I said, a Catholic reader will probably appreciate it more and have a better background for this novel.
Paxondano
James Blish's A Case of Conscience is a 1950's award winning sci-fi classic. A small team of Earth scientist (including a priest) are charged with assessing an alien planet that possesses intelligent life. While there is some disagreement on their overall conclusions, with the physicist wanting to use the world for weapon's research, the biologist / priest surprises everyone wanting to ban all contact. His conclusion is based on a civilization that has developed a morally and ethically perfect society without having any religion and thus must be the work of Satan. As a parting gift, the aliens offer an egg that grows into an alien on Earth and proceeds to whip up much dissension.

The main sci-fi focus is on alien life with a distinctive, "unhuman" lifestyle. Furthermore, the iron poor nature of the alien planet creates a scenario where civilization has flourished, but remains technologically limited. Growing social inequality on Earth, nurture by a ubiquitous, consumer driven media fuels dangerous societal tensions to their braking point. Finally, Blish presents an early perspective on alien life from an organized religion's viewpoint which clashes with traditional beliefs. Lastly, the juxtaposition of an exorcism and nuclear weapons research offers a stark image of an evil Satan to be banished.
Drelajurus
Blish is of course remembered as one of the premier science fiction writers of the last century. I quite enjoyed Cities in Flight, but this novel presented too many problems for me. Mainly, Fr. Ramon's theological quandary left me cold. In fact I dismissed it entirely as a phantom of an overheated imagination. However, the tale is told very well, and the "case of conscience" it presents may appeal to other readers.
Geny
I happened to read this shortly after reading a collection of Stanley Weinbaum stories. Weinbaum was known for creating aliens with alien perceptions of life. This made Weinbaum's stories mildly philosophical, in an adolescent way. The perspective of Blish's aliens is more mature and fully developed. This alien civilization is interpreted from the viewpoint of a Catholic priest, who believes literally in the story of Eden and the Fall of Man. I don't happen to believe that, nor did Blish. At least I'm pretty sure he did not. The future Earth society Blish imagines is quite gloomy, and rather dated, since that future society already arose before 2017. But it's quite believable. This is science fiction, rather than science fantasy, and it's about as good as science fiction ever gets.
Vetibert
A Case of Conscience is a fine novel written around a concept delivered through a an evocative story. The elements of the story that were cast forward in time are well contrived, especially when considering the publication was released over a half century ago. Mr. Blish pulled out all the stops in his use of documented incidences in the development of religious culture on Earth. The book seems like it was the one the author wanted to write.
James Blish was one of the sci-fi masters who did not deal with God and religion by ignoring them. Instead, he addressed them directly in several stories and novels. A CASE OF CONSCIENCE is one of those novels. Featuring a main character who is both a scientist and a priest, the novel postulates a planet which may be a trap for humanity. At one point in the novel, Satan is referenced as the "second greatest power in the universe." If you have an interest in sci-fi and in theology, you may find this book fascinating. I did.