Jack Faust (novel)

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to navigation Jump to search
Jack Faust
Cover of first edition (hardcover)
AuthorMichael Swanwick
Cover artistNadine Badalaty & Greg Spalenka
CountryUnited States
GenreSteampunk, science fiction
PublisherAvon Books
Publication date
September 1997
Media typePrint (hardback & paperback)
ISBN0-380-97444-4 (hardcover)
813/.54 21
LC ClassPS3569.W28 J33 1997

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

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

External links[edit]