Jack Faust (novel)

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Jack Faust
Cover of first edition (hardcover)
Author Michael Swanwick
Cover artist Nadine Badalaty & Greg Spalenka
Country United States
Language English
Genre Steampunk, science fiction
Publisher Avon Books
Publication date
September 1997
Media type Print (hardback & paperback)
Pages 337
ISBN 0-380-97444-4 (hardcover)
OCLC 247029490
813/.54 21
LC Class PS3569.W28 J33 1997

Jack Faust (1997) is a science fiction novel by American writer Michael Swanwick. It was nominated for the British Science Fiction Award in 1997,[1] and for both the Hugo and Locus Awards in 1998.[2]

Plot introduction[edit]

The plot is a modernization of the classic German tale of anti-hero Dr. Johannes Faust, who struggles with his growing discomfort with modern thought and questions how and why things happen without scientific explanation. After Faust burns his library and contemplates suicide, a mysterious being named Mephistopheles comes to Faust and offers him all the information of the universe. With Mephistopheles' help, the madman Dr. Johannes Faust becomes the savior Jack Faust by accelerating human progress at a blinding speed, reshaping Germany and then all of Europe in his own image.


  1. ^ "1997 Award Winners & Nominees". Worlds Without End. Retrieved 2009-08-05. 
  2. ^ "1998 Award Winners & Nominees". Worlds Without End. Retrieved 2009-08-05. 

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