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.
1997shortlistedDitmar Awards —
William Atheling Jr AwardFor '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).
'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 (http://www.rambles.net/windling_ivory.html). (Sighted: 20/6/2014)
Strange Constellations : A History of Australian Science Fiction1999reference 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.