Agent of Chaos

Agent of Chaos

First published in the 1960s, Spinrad was one of the first writers to perceive the totalitarian implications of the cradle-to-grave welfare state. But at the same time he was too organically a radical ever to be confused with a conservative. Result: Agent of Chaos! Boris Johnson thinks he wants democracy. But in the course of his adventures he discovers that democracy to him means freedom. It's a banned concept from the Millennium of Religion. Like God. He finds himself dealing with a byzantine political situation worthy of anything from the banned past. The dictatorship is the Hegemony. Opposition is provided by the aptly named agents of C.H.A.O.S. Meanwhile, the Brotherhood of Assassins plays a game that no one can fathom. Whose side are they on? Whose fool are you? Spinrad explores his philosophical theme in a manner all too rare in contemporary science fiction. The problem is that Order will always try to eliminate any random factors. By its very nature, it encourages opposition and that feeds the forces of chaos. But chaos has built in problems as well. Its victories cannot help but feed the forces of reaction, of order. The heroes in this novel ultimately opt for personal freedom. The villains try to establish a dictatorship over the very nature of reality itself. And then Spinrad throws in the discovery of aliens. A starship sets forth to meet them, the Prometheus. The Hegemony doesn't like that.

Title:Agent of Chaos
Edition Language:English
ISBN:9781584450429
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    Agent of Chaos Reviews

  • John

    You can probably read this book without thinking and end up thinking that this is an "ok" book with mediocre plot. And indeed from that perspective you would be right. But you would have missed the cr...

  • Steven

    1.5 stars. Hard to get through. Started off as a cool concept but the dialogue was so cheesy and wooden, the characters lacked depth. Just not for me.. had sort of high hopes for this one. So far I ha...

  • Jack

    Another book I read in the 1970's. It spawned the "pie-in-your-face" movement of political activism during that time. Not one of Spinrad's best, but certainly influential to the Baby Boomers that were...

  • Norrin2

    I've got a feeling this is one of those books that you have to read at the right time in your life. And the right time is probably freshman year of high school, which, fortunately for me, was when I r...

  • Xabi1990

    7/10. Media de los 4 libros leídos del autor : 4/10Única novela que salva de la quema de las pocas que he leído de Spinrad. Entretenido, no esperéis mucho mas. O lo fue hace años, no se que tal ...

  • Peter Dunn

    So I could spend some time discussing how this 1960s standard science fiction trope of lasers, aliens, and spaceships is used to explore forms of society such as: democracy, oligarchy, hegemony and an...

  • Andy Wixon

    I bought - well, okay, I didn't actually 'buy' this book, it was in the FREE BOOKS box outside one of the local second-hand shops along with a pile of Michael Moorcocks - I picked this up on the stren...

  • Garidation

    Δεν ξέρω τι να γράψω γι' αυτό το βιβλίο, κριτική για την υπόθεσή του ή τις δικές μου σκέψεις;Θεωρώ ότι αν ασχολη...

  • John Jr.

    The Science Fiction Encyclopedia, which I now turn to frequently in assessing my earlier reading, unceremoniously dismisses Agent of Chaos as a "commercial Space Opera…which depicts a garish Dystopi...

  • Steve

    I read this book in Junior High School and it made me question everything I knew at the time (which wasn't much), while embracing a life of pranks. In retrospect, this book was a turning point for me ...