Russell Blackford i(66 works by) (a.k.a. Russell Kenneth Blackford)
Born: Established: 1954 Sydney, New South Wales, ;
Gender: Male
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Russell Blackford grew up in the Lake Macquarie area, Newcastle where he completed his studies at the University of Newcastle,attaining first class honours degrees in both Arts (University of Newcastle) and Law (University of Melbourne), and a Ph.D on the supposed return to myth in modern fiction.

In 1979 he moved to Melbourne and has taught English literature at Monash University, worked in labour relations, practised law with Phillips Fox Lawyers and has completed a Master of Bioethics degree (Monash University). He has been an Honorary Research Associate in the School of Literary, Visual and Performance Studies, Monash University and his reviews, stories and articles about cyberculture, bioethics, philosophical issues relating to science and science fiction have been widely published in Australia and overseas.

Blackford was one of the founders of Australian Science Fiction Review (Second series). Since 2001 he has been a fulltime writer.


  • Winner of three Ditmar Australian Science Fiction Achievement Awards.

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Personal Awards

2001 shortlisted Ditmar Awards William Atheling Jr Award For 'Time Travel, Time Scapes and Timescape' (The New York Review of Science Fiction #150 Feb 2001).
1997 shortlisted Ditmar Awards William Atheling Jr Award For 'The Tiger in the Prison House' (Science Fiction #37), reviews of Distress (Science Fiction and NYRSF), and 'Jewels in Junk City' (Review of Contemporary Fiction).
1989 winner Ditmar Awards William Atheling Jr Award For articles in Australian SF Review.

Awards for Works

The King with Three Daughters Black Heart, Ivory Bones , 2000 single work short story fantasy

'Russell Blackford's "The King with Three Daughters" is a grim but somehow satisfying tale based on the Norse fairy tale "The Three Princesses in the Blue Mountain." Written, it would seem, in ice water, it tells the story of a troll-slayer on a quest for three missing princesses who finds himself considering an unexpected perspective.'

Source: Rambles: A Cultural Arts Magazine ( (Sighted: 20/6/2014)

2001 shortlisted Ditmar Awards Best Short Story
Strange Constellations : A History of Australian Science Fiction 1999 reference criticism 'A study of authors who have devoted a substantial part of their writing careers to S[cience] F[iction]'. Takes an inclusive approach to the genre, encompassing works such as SF romances, utopian and distopian novels, political and military thrillers, fantasy and supernatural horror. The overall emphasis is on works which take a scientific view so there is no comprehensive coverage of fantasy and horror.
2000 joint winner Ditmar Awards William Atheling Jr Award
1999 shortlisted Aurealis Awards for Excellence in Australian Speculative Fiction Convenors' Award
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