The Elastic Book of Numbers

by Allen Ashley
Release date: 2005
Type: speculative fiction
Genres: science fiction, anthology
Tags: british fantasy award

Edited by Allen Ashley.

Numbers rule our lives: clocks, calendars and deadlines; salaries and benefits; tax codes and pin numbers; mortgages, bills and credit limits; the FTSE and the Dow Jones; mobiles, land lines and pagers; binary strings of digitised information held for and about us, instantly accessible.

In this unique collection of 21 stories, some of the world's finest fictioneers examine the effect of numbers on humankind's past, present and future. From the rewriting of history through the thrill of the roulette wheel to the codes controlling the starships, each of these tales engages with numbers in innovative, entertaining and meaningful ways.

The Elastic Book of Numbers contains fiction by: Marion Arnott, Allen Ashley, Neil Ayres, Paul Evanby, Toiya Kristen Finley, Jeff Gardiner, Kay Green, Sam Hayes, Charles Lambert, Joel Lane, Tim Lees, Phil Locascio, Rosaleen Love, John Lucas, Mark Patrick Lynch, Ellen McAteer, Joy Marchand, Tim Nickels, Donald Pulker, E. Sedia, Eric Shapiro, Julian Todd, Neil Williamson. The Anthology is edited by Allen Ashley.


  • 8 20 17 16 22 11 21 18 11 7 5 7 by Kay Green
  • Approaching Zero by John Lucas
  • Where None is the Number by Joel Lane
  • 3:21 by Eric Shapiro
  • Every Eight and Eleven by Ekaterina Sedia (as by E. Sedia)
  • The Zero Worm by Charles Lambert
  • 351073 by Jeff Gardiner
  • i by Paul Evansby
  • Sixty Thousand Pieces of Glass by Sam Hayes
  • The Square Root of 2 by Phil Locascio
  • Breach of Contract, Clause 6A by Mark Patrick Lynch
  • Dial 1-800-To-Live by Donald Pulker
  • 7:33 by Toiya Kristen Finley
  • The One Millionth Smile by Neil Williamson
  • The Sympathy of Five by Joy Marchand
  • Two Moon City by Tim Lees
  • Wanderer 8 by Rosaleen Love
  • Mine the Primes by Julian Todd
  • When We Were Five by Marion Arnott
  • Twenty-One Again by Neil Ayres
  • 4 Thoughts on Numbers by Ellen McAteer
  • While We Were Sleeping, Numbers Took Over the World (poem) by Tim Nickels and Allen Ashley
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