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[[caption-width-right:350:The original British hardcover edition, designed by Creator/{{Hipgnosis}}.]]

->''"The saddest day of your life isn't when you decide to sell out. The saddest day of your life is when you decide to sell out and ''nobody wants to buy''."''

''Bug Jack Barron'' is a 1969 novel by Creator/NormanSpinrad (more famous for ''Literature/TheIronDream''), previously serialized in ''New Worlds'' under MichaelMoorcock's editorship, centering around a cynical talk show host named Jack Barron who uncovers a conspiracy surrounding an immortality treatment and the methods used to produce it.
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!!Tropes:
* {{Aesoptinium}}: The treatment is produced by [[spoiler: irradiating children to death. The one that we hear about specifically is [[UnfortunateImplications African American]].]]
* BittersweetEnding
* CatchPhrase: "Bugged? Then Bug Jack Barron!"
* DrivenToSuicide: Sara Westerfield (Jack's ex-wife whom he starts to reconcile with), when she finds out what the treatment entails.
* HighTimesFuture: Jack's talk show is sponsored primarily by Acapulco Golds, "America's Premium Marijuana Cigarettes" ([[SocietyMarchesOn the book was written when cigarette ads were still legal on U.S. television]]). Tobacco is illegal.
* HumanResources: see Aesoptinium entry.
* ImmortalityImmorality
* LongevityTreatment: An investigative reporter and consumer advocate begins investigating an organization that provides rejuvenation treatments to the rich and powerful, and finds far more than he bargained for.
* MerchantPrince: Jack's investigations lead him to tangle with one of the richest and most powerful men in America, Benedict Howards, whose influence can not only threaten Jack's media career, but his life.
* NewWaveScienceFiction: The controversial and edgy topics of the book were pure New Wave (which is why it ended up being published in ''New Worlds'', which was spearheading the movement).
* WhoWantsToLiveForever
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