James Blish

A Case of Conscience

(First Printing)

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Credits
Author James Blish
Publisher Ballantine Books
Cover Artist Richard Powers
Works
Date
First Printing
Identifying Codes
Library of Congress Catalog Card Number 58-8569
Format Paperback
Publication Location USA
Genre
Page Count 188 pages
Language English
Notes 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.

The novel is the first part of Blish's thematic After Such Knowledge trilogy: it thus follows Doctor Mirabilis and both Black Easter and The Day After Judgment (two novellas that Blish viewed as together forming the third volume of the trilogy).

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