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Ashley, Allen

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(?   -    ) UK author who began publishing fiction of genre interest with the horror tale, "Dead to the World" as by Allen A Lucas in Fantasy Tales for Winter 1982, and who published frequently in the 1990s; much of this material is assembled in Somnambulists (coll 2004). A short novel, The Planet Suite (1996 chap), is characteristically built around loose permutations – less rigorous than Oulipo, but certainly sufficiently evident to register the novel in terms of the agon, in this case a generation of outcomes based on "The Planets" by Gustav Holst. A similar concern governs his anthology, The Elastic Book of Numbers (anth 2005), each of whose stories is shaped by a central number of its author's choice. He was long associated with The Third Alternative for his column "The Dodo Has Landed", appearing from #18 in 1999 to the final issue in Summer 2005. [JC]

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