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Martin, Ian Kennedy

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(1936-    ) UK scriptwriter for Television and author, best known for a police procedural series, The Sweeney (1975-1978); brother of Troy Kennedy Martin. What has become his Acteon sequence may have been initiated without a sequel in mind, by The Last Crime (1980) as by John Domatilla, set in a harsh, twenty-first century, Dystopian London whose inhabitants are addled and manipulated through forced immersion in an invasive Media Landscape, under the control of Univac-R, a massive Computer. An undercover team led by Harold Acteon, which has been set up to destroy Univac, runs into trouble. Interjections of reportage and other typographical intrusions are moderately intriguing, but perhaps over-complexify Martin's clear Satirical intent. In The Last Text (2013), set some years further into the Near Future, Acteon's son continues the struggle against the bleak UK tyranny that had been protecting Univac-R, but the action is interrupted by the arrival of an Alien, who may be bearing gifts; or not. [JC]

Ian Kennedy Martin

born London: 23 May 1936




  • The Last Crime (London: William Heinemann, 1980) as by John Domatilla [Acteon: hb/uncredited]
  • The Last Text (London: Brookline Publishers, 2013) [ebook: Acteon: na/Joseph Summers]


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