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Ashton, Francis Leslie

Entry updated 12 September 2022. Tagged: Author.

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(1904-1994) UK analytical chemist, painter and author whose first sf novel, The Breaking of the Seals (1946), sets a psychic time-traveller into a prehistoric world (see Prehistoric SF) where primitive society ends in chaos with the breaking up of Bahste, Earth's then Moon; a deluge follows. Its thematic sequel, Alas, That Great City (1948), set in Atlantis, propounds a similar Disaster, with a new planet arriving to become the Earth's moon and sinking the continent. Wrong Side of the Moon (1952), written with his brother Stephen Ashton (1907-1991), deals more mundanely with an attempt at Space Flight. [JC]

Francis Leslie Ashton

born Chapel en le Frith, Derbyshire: 24 June 1904

died Ely, Cambridgeshire: July 1994



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