The Jagged Orbit

The Jagged Orbit

Matthew Flamen, the last of the networks' spoolpigeons, is desperate for a big story. He needs it to keep his audience and his job. And there is no shortage of possibilities: the Gottschalk cartel is fomenting trouble among the knees in order to sell their latest armaments to the blanks; which ties in nicely with the fact that something big is brewing with the X Patriots; and it looks as if the inconceivable is about to happen and that one of Britain's most dangerous revolutionaries is going to be given a visa to enter America. And then there's the story that just falls into his lap. The one that suggests that the respected Director of the New York State Mental Hospital is a charlatan... John Brunner's brilliant and scathing vision of a society disintegrating under the impact of violence, drugs, high-level corruption and the casual institutionalization of the 'insane' was a powerful and important statement in 1969. It remains a compelling and chilling tour de force three decades on.

Title:The Jagged Orbit
Edition Language:English
ISBN:9780575070523
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  • Stephen

    5.0 stars. Not quite as good as Brunner's "Stand on Zanzibar" which I think is one of the best SF novels of all time. This is still head and shoulders above most of the SF out there. A superb novel. W...

  • Simon Mcleish

    Originally published on my blog here in October 1998.Brunner's four most famous novels take an aspect of today's society and exaggerate it, to create dystopias which are compelling because of the way ...

  • Manny

    A reasonably good near-future dystopia, where racial violence, stoked by unscrupulous weapons manufacturers, is gradually causing society to come apart at the seams. Some of the ideas are nice, but it...

  • Bill

    The Jagged Orbit is another in Brunner's series of novels about the dysfunction of contemporary Western societies and is as true today (if not more true) as when written. This novel is about race rela...

  • Dan

    This is a prototype cyberpunk science fiction novel set in a future where racial relations have totally descended into open warfare. Due to rampant paranoia advanced personal armament sales are the mo...

  • Adam

    Brunner dreamed up the most horrible things he could, and off course most of them came true. The race war in America didn’t quite play out like this, but with militarization of the police, psychiatr...

  • Christian Schwoerke

    This novel was written close on the heels of Brunner’s acknowledged masterpiece, Stand on Zanzibar, and is one of his so-called Club of Rome novels, along with SoZ, Shockwave Rider, and Sheep Look U...

  • Andrija

    Set in 2014, The Jagged Orbit is a tale of our over-armed, over-medicated and Apartheid ridden future. As seen from 1968, Brunner sees America divided into "knee" and "kneeblank" enclaves. (The terms ...

  • tENTATIVELY, cONVENIENCE

    review of John Brunner's The Jagged Orbit by tENTATIVELY, a cONVENIENCE - March 31, 2014 [sidenote: the actual edition I read is Ace's paperback version also from 1969 & NOT the hardcover bookclub edi...

  • John Loyd

    This is set in a near future where personal protection is a priority. Home protection systems have lethal capability. Which is necessary because the armament out on the streets is what we would think ...