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Bug Jack Barron! Norman Spinrad

Bug Jack Barron!

Norman Spinrad

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Spinrad made his biggest SF splash with Bug Jack Barron, whose 1967/68 New Worlds serialisation brought raging controversy which Michael Moorcock discusses in an afterword. Its a quintessential 60s novel, prophetically highlighting the irresponsibleMoreSpinrad made his biggest SF splash with Bug Jack Barron, whose 1967/68 New Worlds serialisation brought raging controversy which Michael Moorcock discusses in an afterword. Its a quintessential 60s novel, prophetically highlighting the irresponsible power of mass media & corporations.TV megastar Jack Barron hosts the wildly popular Bug Jack Barron, a phone-in show that listens to public gripes & puts politicians & bosses on the spot--live. Naturally Barron pulls his punches for safetys sake--until he tangles with paranoid billionaire Benedict Howards, peddler of cryonic immortality, & walks into a minefield of deadly cover-ups. Violence erupts. Howards believes he can buy anyone, even Barrons estranged wife, even Barron. Barron doesnt mind selling out if the coin is immortality. On TV, the power remains his: As they rolled the final commercial Barron felt a weird manic exhilaration, knowing that hed set up a focus of forces that could squash the five-hundred-billion-dollar Foundation for Human Immortality like a bug if Bennie proved dumb enough to not holler Uncle. The Foundations medical secret--poor science but still packing a vicious gut-punch--is more appalling than Barrons nastiest guesses. By the time he learns the truth hes ensnared in complicity. Worse things follow. At the climax, with nothing left to lose, our man goes for broke in a desperate effort to crack Howards open in Barrons own glowing TV arena, in front of 100 million viewers.Slightly dated, occasionally crude, but still hyper-intense, memorable stuff.--David Langford