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Agent of Chaos

(1967)
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First published in the 1960s, Spinrad was one of the first writers to perceive the totalitarian implications of the cradle-to-grave welfare state. But at the same time he was too organically a radical ever to be confused with a conservative. Result: "Agent of Chaos!"

Boris Johnson thinks he wants democracy. But in the course of his adventures he discovers that democracy to him means freedom. It's a banned concept from the Millennium of Religion. Like God.

He finds himself dealing with a byzantine political situation worthy of anything from the banned past. The dictatorship is the Hegemony. Opposition is provided by the aptly named agents of C.H.A.O.S. Meanwhile, the Brotherhood of Assassins plays a game that no one can fathom. Whose side are they on? Whose fool are you?

Spinrad explores his philosophical theme in a manner all too rare in contemporary science fiction. The problem is that Order will always try to eliminate any random factors. By its very nature, it encourages opposition and that feeds the forces of chaos. But chaos has built in problems as well. Its victories cannot help but feed the forces of reaction, of order. The heroes in this novel ultimately opt for personal freedom. The villains try to establish a dictatorship over the very nature of reality itself.

And then Spinrad throws in the discovery of aliens. A starship sets forth to meet them, the Prometheus. The Hegemony doesn't like that.

Genre: Science Fiction

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Hardback Editions

April 1988 : USA Hardback
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Title: Agent of Chaos
Author(s): Norman Spinrad
ISBN: 0-531-15072-0 / 978-0-531-15072-6 (USA edition)
Publisher: Franklin Watts
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Paperback Editions

June 2013 : USA Paperback
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Title: Agent of Chaos
Author(s): Norman Spinrad
ISBN: 1-4904-0060-5 / 978-1-4904-0060-0 (USA edition)
Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform
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December 1988 : USA Paperback
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Title: Agent of Chaos
Author(s): Norman Spinrad
ISBN: 1-58445-042-8 / 978-1-58445-042-9 (USA edition)
Publisher: Pulpless.Com, Inc.
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July 1981 : UK Paperback
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Title: Agent of Chaos
Author(s): Norman Spinrad
ISBN: 0-552-11727-7 / 978-0-552-11727-2 (UK edition)
Publisher: Corgi Childrens
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1967 : USA Mass Market Paperback
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Title: Agent Of Chaos
Author(s): Norman Spinrad
ISBN: 0-445-04164-1 / 978-0-445-04164-6 (USA edition)
Publisher: Popular Library
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1972 : UK Mass Market Paperback
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Title: AGENT OF CHAOS
Author(s): NORMAN SPINRAD
ISBN: 0-09-401258-X / 978-0-09-401258-5 (UK edition)
Publisher: NEL
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1972 : USA Mass Market Paperback
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Title: Agent of Chaos
Author(s): Norman Spinrad
ISBN: 0-508-40125-9 / 978-0-508-40125-7 (USA edition)
Publisher: Belmont Tower
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Kindle Editions

September 2011 : USA, Canada Kindle edition
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Title: Agent of Chaos
Author(s): Norman Spinrad
Publisher: Gateway
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September 2011 : Australia, UK Kindle edition
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Title: Agent of Chaos
Author(s): Norman Spinrad
Publisher: Gateway
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