Hugo Award nominee 1998.
The Faust myth reinterpreted for the information age.
At the turn of the 16th century in the city of Wittenberg, Magister Faust is made an offer he cannot resist. If he accepts the offer he will know all there is to know, have answers to the mysteries of physics, astronomy and religion that have long frustrated him, but if he accepts he will also be condemning the human race to inevitable death. Or so says the demon, Mesphistopheles.
With the sharing of demonic knowledge comes the race for ever greater technological breakthroughs – within scant years the inventions of the twentieth century, the atrocity machines, are ready... Mesphistopheles' vision of the end of mankind is days away – a dictator is risen and the final nuclear confrontation looms.
Michael Swanwick (born 1950) is an American science fiction author. Swanwick is one of the most acclaimed science fiction and fantasy short story writers of his generation, having received the Hugo Award for short fiction five times in six years. He lives in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
Photo: Michael Swanwick at Worldcon 2005 in Glasgow, August 2005. Picture taken by Szymon Sokół. Source: Wikimedia Commons.