Bug Jack Barron

TitleBug Jack Barron
Year for Search1969
AuthorsSpinrad, Norman [Richard](b. 1940)
Date Published1969
PublisherWalker
Place PublishedNew York
KeywordsMale author, US author
Annotation

Dystopia. The protagonist is a TV personality with a show called “Bug Jack Barron” where he listens to people’s complaints and calls the politicians or others involved and puts them on the spot. As a result he becomes very powerful. A focus of the novel is the choice between allowing a corporation to be run for profit to freeze and later revive people or to have it publicly available. Presents race relations in the future with Mississippi run by African Americans but with African Americans generally in inferior roles.

Additional Publishers

Rpt. [Book Club Edition] New York: Nelson Doubleday, 1969. Collector’s Edition illus. Frank Kelly Freas with an “Introduction” by James Blaylock (vii-xiii). Norwalk, CT: The Easton Press, 1991. U. K. ed. London: Macdonald, 1970. Shorter version first published in New Worlds Science Fiction, nos. 179 - 183 (February - October 1968): 4-12, 43-51; 28-30, 42-56; 13-22, 44-59; 20-33; 45-59.

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Author Note

(b. 1940)

Full Text

1969 Spinrad, Norman [Richard] (b. 1940). Bug Jack Barron. New York: Walker. Rpt. [Book Club Edition] New York: Nelson Doubleday, 1969. Collector’s Edition illus. Frank Kelly Freas with an “Introduction” by James Blaylock (vii-xiii). Norwalk, CT: The Easton Press, 1991. U. K. ed. London: Macdonald, 1970. Shorter version first published in New Worlds Science Fiction, nos. 179 - 183 (February – October 1968): 4-12, 43-51; 28-30, 42-56; 13-22, 44-59; 20-33; 45-59. PSt

Dystopia. The protagonist is a TV personality with a show called “Bug Jack Barron” where he listens to people’s complaints and calls the politicians or others involved and puts them on the spot. As a result he becomes very powerful. A focus of the novel is the choice between allowing a corporation to be run for profit to freeze and later revive people or to have it publicly available. Presents race relations in the future with Mississippi run by African Americans but with African Americans generally in inferior roles.