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A Case of Conscience El Padre Ruiz S Nchez No Es S Lo Un Sacerdote, Sino Adem S Un Sabio Y No S Lo Un Sabio, Sino Adem S Un Tipo Humano Por Eso, Al Llegar Al Planeta Litinia, Cuyos Habitantes Reptiles Dotados De Inteligencia Nicamente Creen En La Raz N Pura, El Padre Ruiz S Nchez Se Ve Confrontado A Un Problema Teol Gico De Cuya Soluci N Puede Depender El Porvenir De Dos Mundos Desgarrado Entre Las Ense Anzas De Su Fe, Las De Su Ciencia Y Las Ntimas Exigencias De Su Humanidad, S Lo Un Camino Parece Ofrec Rsele El De La Herej A.JAMES BLISH, Conocido Autor De Ciencia Ficci N Alcanz La Celebridad Por Haber Escrito UN CASO DE CONCIENCIA, Que En 1959 Obtuvo El PREMIO HUGO En Esta Novela Nos Ofrece Un Raro Ejemplo De Aplicaci N De Un Tema Religioso En Ciencia Ficci N Ha Tocado Tambi N Temas De Parapsicolog A Y Es Autor De Una Notable Historia Futura, Contenida En Su Serie De Las Ciudades N Madas.


10 thoughts on “A Case of Conscience

  1. says:

    This review contains spoilers for several of James Blish s novelsI discovered James Blish when I was about 10 I believe the first one I read was The Star Dwellers , and I have returned to him many times throughout my life I don t think I know any author who is quite as frustrating an example of Kilgore Trout syndrome Wonderful ideas, but in most cases terrible execution for every novel or short story that succeeds, at least three are left butchered and bleeding by the side of the road Blish had a clutch of fascinatingly heretical theories about the relationship between Man and the Divine, and if he d been able to write properly you sometimes feel he could have been another Dante or Nietzsche In Black Easter, a surprisingly good novel about black magic, an insane arms dealer joins forces with a sorcerer to release all the major demons from Hell for one night the book s terrifying conclusion has Satan appearing in person to announce the death of God The sequel has another fine idea, but it s ruined by hasty and shoddy writing it turns out that this is also part of the Divine Plan, and the Devil is unwillingly forced to take God s place In his longest work, the four volume Cities in Flight, Blish de...


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    Weird book But good.First of all this is first rate science fiction, reminiscent of Samuel Delaney, John Brunner, Frank Herbert and Heinlein s Stranger in a Strange Land All the remarkable is to appreciate that this book was first published in 1958, before most of the other works mentioned He was well ahead of his time.In a nutshell, a Jesuit priest is a part of an advance party reconnaissance mission to scout out whether an alien world is suitable for human colonization The team will also determine if human settlement is conducive to the pre existing native life and to issue a recommendation.The planet is the home of a highly intelligent race of tall kangaroo like lizards called the Lithians Their world is a utopia of reason with no war and only minor conflict Their world, and the circumstances surrounding the Jesuit s investigation, presents startling consequences And the premise for a damn fine science fiction novel.The similarities with Mary Doria Russell s 1996 novel The Sparrow will make most readers of both realize to what extent Russell patterned her work after Blish s 1958 book The Christian, specifically Catholic, themes will also remind some readers of Walter M Miller Jr s 1960 post apocalyptic novel A Canticle for Leibowitz A Case of Conscience also contains mythic symbolism that further deepens the narrative tone.Finally, this 1959 Hugo Award winner is yet another classic science fiction work that clearly influenced the producers of the James Cam...


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    A Case of Conscience A Catholic priest faces aliens with morality but no religionOriginally posted at Fantasy LiteratureGreat A side, dreadful B side This is James Blish s 1959 Hugo winning SF novel, expanded from the1953 novella Part One the original novella is set on planet Lithia, introducing a race of reptilians with a perfect, strife free society and innate sense of morality However, to the consternation of Father Ramon Ruiz Sanchez, they have no religion of any kind Their morality is inherent, and they have no need of a religious framework to direct their actions As a Catholic, Ruiz Sanchez cannot make heads or tails of this Without religion, do the Lithians have souls If so, are they fallen into sin like humans, or still in a state of grace like Adam and Eve He struggles with this conundrum, as well as the purpose of the expedition to Lithia, which is to determine whether the planet should be exploited for its lithium or quarantined since the Lithians are clearly created by Satan to undermine the need for faith to form the basis for an ideal society It s very unclear whether Blish thinks this is a legitimate debate or not, and while it s good for the author to let the reader decide I d like to see Heinlein hold back on judgment, for example , this Part ends inconclusively with Ruiz Sanchez receiving an egg from his Lithian friend Chtexa to bring back to Earth.Part 2Part 2 mu...


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    4.5 stars I am a big fan of James Blish This book is an expansion of the earlier novella of the same name Part 1 of the book i.e., the original novella is a 6.0 star story and is extremely powerful Part 2, while good, is not as exceptional and brings the overall rating for the book down to 4.5 stars Overall, still a highly recommended read Reread on M...


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    1959 Hugo winner Honestly, I expected to read something quite a bit different than the novel I did get I almost expected something like a conversation novel between heavily logical Spock like lizards and a man of the cloth from Earth.What do I get, instead A novel with startlingly awesome biology standards, very deep world building, and a wonderfully surprising argument of Manichaeism For those not in the know, it s the idea that there are two creators in the world, one is good and one is evil Father Ruiz Sanchez is convinced that these perfectly rational and nearly Christ like lizards who are living a perfect life without religion are, in fact, the most perfect trap to throw humanity into perfect chaos and perdition After all, this is a case of perfection without God, and if the rest of humanity ever got it, then it would be the time of Satan s rule over the earth for real The whole planet was, after all, a Creation of Evil.How gorgeous is this Sure, modern readers may or may not care for the religious argument bent, but it is concise and beautiful as hell and it s ONLY THE SETUP.Move ahead, take the freely offered gift of one of the lizard young back to a future earth gone schizophrenic, living underground in perpetual fear of nuclear holocaust and ready to tear itself apart Have one of these christ like lizards grow up knowing nothing but the monstrosity that humanity has become, and because of the p...


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    People don t write speculative fiction like this any, by which I mean several things First, this is dated Blish s world of dinosaur like pacifists living in perfect harmony and communicating with giant trees feels like something out of the golden age of science fiction, and his view of a future earth where the cold war has driven mankind underground and insane feels like a 50s dystopia This is understandable, since the book was written in the 50s, but it calls the applicability of the story for modern readers into question.However, I think that this book is relevant, precisely because nothing quite like it is being written today This is a morality tale with such straightforward plot and characters that modern readers and publishers will probably be turned off The cynical atheist, the impotent humanist, the diffident follower and the single minded catholic priest are not realistic characters They are rather representative constructs of universal impulses, like what you would see in a morality play The plot is reminiscent of The man who fell to earth or The Dispossessed and, like those books, is mostly an excuse for some philosophic musings Unlike those books, there is tremendous ambiguity as to the meaning of the events in the book Each character sees the same events but interp...


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    A great thank you to James Blish and Open Road for the opportunity to read this book and offer an unbiased review.In the distant future a science team explores the planet Lithia The team includes the Jesuit priest, Ruiz Sanchez They must determine whether the planet is appropriate for Earth s habitation The team is divided No member is as decisive in his judgement as Ruiz Sanchez, however The planet seems just too good to be true.Once back on Earth with prime samples, investigation continues To celebrate one exceptional specimen, a countess throws a party I couldn t help but sing, there s no earthly way of knowing which direction we are going It was spot on Wonka.As this life form grows in popularity, Ruiz Sanchez continues to see the seed of evil half naked, commanding money, fathering lies, poisoning discourse, compounding grief, corrupting children, killing love, building armies It seems a bit excessive It s like saying freedom of speech is the devil s work Now I ...


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    A Case of Conscience focuses on a UN expedition to the planet Lithia, where the opinions of the expedition s four scientists will determine the fate of the planet and its inhabitants For the physicist, chemist, and geologist, the questions posed by the planet are purely rational should it be exploited for its natural resources namely its lithium, key component to nuclear weapons or should its peaceful natives be quarantined For Father Ruiz, biologist and Jesuit priest, the question of Lithia is of a theological nature Lithians are a peaceful race, with an innate sense of morality based on emotionless, rational logic But they do not have the knowledge or concept of God or an afterlife, and seem to live without any idea of faith or spirituality Are the Lithians somehow living in Eden, having yet to fall into sin Or were they a sinister trap laid by Satan to trick mankind Of course, Ruiz ends up determining that the latter idea is correct, and that they are a cunning ploy by Satan to cause humans to doubt God maybe it s because I m not Catholic, but I must say part of his rationalization perplexes me it feels like Blish set up a loaded theological argument and picked one he d rather examine, rather than one of the others, as several...


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    I feel like I m getting closer and closer to being able to do a theme on Catholicism and science fiction I guess I d have to recycle A Prayer for Leibowitz, which we read in my book club already, but then add Hyperion and The Sparrow, and now, to that list, I could add A Case of Conscience One book and I d be all set I come up with way themes than we ll ever have time to do, but I enjoy thinking about them Note The rest ...


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    Premise In 2050, four men are on a commission to the planet Lithia They are there to evaluate the planet and its sentient natives, and render a recommendation about future contact with Earth One man wants to turn the unique geology of Lithia into a nuclear arms factory, another is convinced the peaceful Lithian society could teach humanity a thing or two, one is unsure where he stands, and the fourth becomes convinced that since the Lithians have an orderly society without religion, that they must be demonic in origin Yeah If you have been hanging around here for a while, you already know I m not going to like this guy In the second half, the plot gets even weirder.Some books I read on the wrong day Some books I read in the wrong year Some books I read too fast because they have to go back to the library Some books fall victim to all three, so you can feel free to take this review with a grain of salt.I was never going to wholeheartedly enjoy A Case of Conscience, if only because Catholic theology makes my eyes glaze over As far as I can tell, this is the story of a perfectly nice planet, completely screwed over by idiotic humans, who b...


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