The Last Crime.

The West, a few decades hence, is in the hands of a dictatorship which stays in control with the help of computerized memory and data banks into which every detail about everything and everyone has been fed. Acteon, a revolutionary, who can still remember freedom, conspires with four others for the ultimate assault on the gigantic computer complex, the control mechanism of their polluted, drugged, ultra-totalitarian state.

The Last Text.

It is the third millennium, though a population controlled by world government dispensed designer drugs, is not always sure of dates. But Marvin Merlin is on a quest to destroy more than universal government. The son of the great revolutionary, Harold Acteon "gone absolute" in the slow hanging sheds at Windsor, will pit his life against the widest conspiracy of traitors pretending to be co-conspirators but out to destroy him. Then in the middle of his plan, a rocket arrives from outer space, or does it?
The text includes excerpts from articles by the Guardian's Dizzy Ruggles, long ago feature writer, sheep-fancier, skate boarder, and revolutionary, but only in words never deeds.

The Last Text follows on from Ian Kennedy-Martin's 'The Last Crime' (originally written under the pseudonym John Domatilla). Francis King, reviewing it in the spectator, wrote "What makes this novel so interesting is the extraordinary brilliance of its execution and a wonderfully apt way of extrapolating from the present to the future. One has the impression of an immensely fecund feverish intelligence to match the immensely fecund feverish imagination. Language becomes a bow to be bent to the author's will; and the arrows that stream from it are all tipped with fire."

The two books at first sight may appear to fit the science fiction genre, but are more a dystopian vision of the considered outcome of where our contemporary society is taking us. It's not good news.

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