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Bug Jack Barron

(1969)
A novel by

 
Awards
Hugo Best Novel (nominee)
Nebula Awards Best Novel (nominee)
Norman 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. It's a quintessential 1960s novel, prophetically highlighting the irresponsible power of mass media and corporations.

TV megastar Jack Barron hosts the wildly popular Bug Jack Barron, a phone-in show that listens to public gripes and puts politicians and bosses on the spot--live. Naturally Barron pulls his punches for safety's sake...until he tangles with paranoid billionaire Benedict Howards, peddler of cryonic immortality, and walks into a minefield of deadly cover-ups. Violence erupts. Howards believes he can buy anyone, even Barron's estranged wife, even Barron. Barron doesn't mind selling out if the coin is immortality. On TV, the power remains all his:
As they rolled the final commercial Barron felt a weird manic exhilaration, knowing that he had 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 Foundation's medical secret--poor science but still packing a vicious gut-punch--is more appalling than Barron's nastiest guesses; by the time he learns the truth he's 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 Barron's own glowing TV arena, in front of 100,000,000 viewers....Slightly dated and occasionally crude, but still hyper-intense, memorable stuff. --David Langford

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Hardback Editions

April 1981 : USA Textbook Binding
thumbTitle: Bug Jack Barron
Author(s): Norman Spinrad
ISBN: 0-8398-2617-6 / 978-0-8398-2617-0 (USA edition)
Publisher: Gregg Pr
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1970 : UK Hardback
thumbTitle: Bug Jack Barron
Author(s): Norman Spinrad
ISBN: 0-356-03084-9 / 978-0-356-03084-5 (UK edition)
Publisher: Macdonald & Co
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Paperback Editions

January 2005 : USA Paperback
thumbTitle: Bug Jack Barron (Overlook SF & F Classics)
Author(s): Norman Spinrad
ISBN: 1-58567-585-7 / 978-1-58567-585-2 (USA edition)
Publisher: The Overlook Press
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October 1999 : UK Paperback
thumbTitle: Bug Jack Barron
Author(s): Norman Spinrad
ISBN: 1-902002-18-0 / 978-1-902002-18-7 (UK edition)
Publisher: Toxic
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July 1992 : USA Mass Market Paperback
thumbTitle: Bug Jack Barron
Author(s): Norman Spinard
ISBN: 0-553-29795-3 / 978-0-553-29795-9 (USA edition)
Publisher: Spectra
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December 1985 : USA Mass Market Paperback
Title: Bug Jack Barron
Author(s): Norman Spinrad
ISBN: 0-425-09321-2 / 978-0-425-09321-4 (USA edition)
Publisher: Berkley
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June 1983 : USA Mass Market Paperback
thumbTitle: Bug Jack Barron
Author(s): Norman Spinrad
ISBN: 0-425-06267-8 / 978-0-425-06267-8 (USA edition)
Publisher: Berkley Books
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1980 : USA Mass Market Paperback
Title: Bug Jack Barron
Author(s): Norman Spinrad
ISBN: 0-425-04448-3 / 978-0-425-04448-3 (USA edition)
Publisher: Berkley
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February 1972 : UK Paperback
thumbTitle: Bug Jack Barron (Panther science fiction)
Author(s): Norman Spinrad
ISBN: 0-586-03535-4 / 978-0-586-03535-1 (UK edition)
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers Ltd
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Kindle Editions

May 2011 : USA, Canada, UK Kindle edition
thumbTitle: Bug Jack Barron
Author(s): Norman Spinrad
Publisher: ReAnimus.com
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January 2005 : Canada Kindle edition
thumbTitle: Bug Jack Barron (Overlook SF & F Classics)
Author(s): Norman Spinrad
Publisher: The Overlook Press
Availability: Amazon CA   


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