Bug Jack Barron is a 1969 novel by Norman Spinrad (more famous for The Iron Dream), previously serialized in New Worlds under Michael Moorcock'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.
- Aesoptinium: The treatment is produced by irradiating children to death.
- Bittersweet Ending
- Catch-Phrase: "Bugged? Then Bug Jack Barron!"
- Driven to Suicide: Sara Westerfield (Jack's ex-wife whom he starts to reconcile with), when she finds out what the treatment entails.
- High Times Future: Jack's talk show is sponsored primarily by Acapulco Golds, "America's Premium Marijuana Cigarettes" (the book was written when cigarette ads were still legal on U.S. television). Tobacco is illegal.
- Human Resources: see Aesoptinium entry.
- Immortality Immorality
- Longevity Treatment: 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.
- Merchant Prince: 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.
- New Wave Science Fiction: 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).
- Who Wants to Live Forever?