Bug Jack Barron
Copyright 1969 by
I first read this in 1973 and most recently in 1998
Jack Barron is the face of the top-rated TV show Bug Jack Barron.
He chases the businessmen and the politicians on the viewers behalf.
He can make or break the careers of those he investigates.
Of course he knows on which side his bread is buttered and he exercises
a careful balance.
But then he mixes it up with Benedict Howards, the billionaire director of
the Foundation for Human Immortality and he knows he can bring this monstrous
businessman to his knees. Howards, however, knows his price and its just
too high for Jack Barron to turn down.
Until that is he finds out in what abhorrent horror he and his ex-wife Sara
One of my favourite books. A post-hippie psychedelic spectacular, it's
dated but it's still an incredibly exciting read. Rereading it, as
I have done every few years, it always stirs me. It's such an angry and
passionate thriller. One man, still with his dreams of the sixties
against big and evil business. Of course, he does have the most
influential TV show on the planet behind him.
Apart from being an all-time SF classic, what's it got? immortality,
monkeys, drugs and dangerous moral decisions.
Loaded on the 6th July 2009.