Faust by Michael Swanwick

Thanks to RobW for pointing out this novel. Michael Swanwick retells the story of Faust but with the twist that Mephistopheles is an alien instead of the devil and the knowledge that he offers Faust is scientific and technological. Mephistopheles’ hope is that humans will use this technology to destroy themselves. In a very short span of time, industrial revolution is unleashed on the world. Faust never thinks about the consequences about the consequences of his technology, Europe is littered with industrial pollution and there is a very real prospect of weapons of mass destruction. The novel thus explores how the Renaissance’s ideal of relentless pursuit of knowledge could easily have been perverted.

3 Responses to “Faust by Michael Swanwick”


  1. 1 killingcorvis March 13, 2007 at 10:29 pm

    This looks like a really interesting read, I intend to check it out as soon as I can. Thanks for the tip!

    I’m also letting you know I’m a chronic lurker. I love the site though, and the links.. Amazing work!

  2. 2 Da Vinci Automata March 14, 2007 at 6:06 pm

    killingcorvis: Thanks, hope to see you around.


  1. 1 Steampunk, Clockpunk, Time Travel Oh My! « JuniorHighBookReport Trackback on March 13, 2007 at 4:02 pm

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