Jack Faust (novel)
Cover of first edition (hardcover)
|Cover artist||Nadine Badalaty & Greg Spalenka|
Science fiction novel
|Media type||Print (hardback & paperback)|
|LC Class||PS3569.W28 J33 1997|
Jack Faust (1997) is the fifth published novel by the American author Michael Swanwick. It was nominated for the British Science Fiction Award in 1997, and for both the Hugo and Locus Awards in 1998.
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.
- Jack Faust at Worlds Without End
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