Robert Lowell Russell is a writer and trophy husband (obviously). He is a SFWA member and a member of the Writeshop and Codex writers' groups. He is a former librarian, a former history grad student, a former semi-professional poker player, and is now OFFICIALLY a freshman (edit: Sophomore) again as he pursues a nursing degree (say "ah!").

His stories have appeared (or will appear) in Orson Scott Card's InterGalactic Medicine Show, Penumbra, Digital Science Fiction, Daily Science Fiction, Stupefying Stories, Eschatology, Loco-Thology (Loconeal Press), Frontier Tales, Abandoned Towers, The Cynic Online Magazine, and Naughtygirlx . His story, "Floaters," received an Honorable Mention in the Writers of the Future Contest (2nd Q, 2011) and it has found a home with Digital Science Fiction's "Heir Apparent" anthology.

And RLR finds it a bit silly to write about himself in the 3rd person.

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

"Scents of Life" to appear in Daily Science Fiction.

Yesterday I received an acceptance from Daily Science Fiction for a story, "Scents of Life," that is what I consider "the best thing I've ever written" (so far). Unlike my other two stories to appear in DSF, this is a full length story. It incorporates some of the research I've done as a nursing student as well as some of my experiences with my father, who suffers from Alzheimer's disease. Believe it or not, it is actually a POSITIVE sci-fi story, something I've found all too rare in what tends to get published these days. I'm very excited about this sale, and it is likely to result in my upgrade to full Active status in SFWA. Yay!


Sunday, March 23, 2014

"Ghost Dancing" to appear on Phantasmacore

I've received word that my story, "Ghost Dancing," will appear on Phantasmacore. It's been a good few days for reprints. :-)  I'll post a link when it's live.

[edit] and it's live. Click here for story.


Thursday, March 20, 2014

"Gorlack the Destroyer's All You Can Eat Adventure" is now available in the Dark Expanse: Surviving the Collapse anthology.

My story, "Gorlack the Destroyer's All You Can Eat Adventure," is in the Dark Expanse: Surviving the Collapse anthology, now available for download on Amazon. There are some pretty big names included in this anthology, and the story I contributed is one of my all time favorites.


Another "Thirty More Seconds." This time 50% more British.

The Short Humour Site (UK, thus the "-our" in humor) has reprinted my story, "Thirty More Seconds," about a guy masturbating in traffic who accidentally destroys the world.

I wasn't sure if American idioms like "monkey spanking" would work for an non-American audience, so I tried to use British equivalents (drawing from knowledge gleaned from my British TV watching habits) . There's a high chance that I buggered something up, so feel free to point out my errors. There's nothing I hate more than facking up my use of profanity. :-)


Sunday, March 2, 2014

"Here There Be Monsters?" available as a podcast on Bizarrocast!

Yikes! I missed posted about this when it went live. My Stupefying Stories Showcase story, "Here There Be Monsters?" has been podcasted by Bizarrocast. Listen here.


Thursday, February 27, 2014

I reveived my Writers of the Future semi-finalist critique

I received my Writers of the Future semi-finalist critique, and the prognosis for my short novella, "Star Heart, Skin of Darkness," is better than I expected (I may cut the last part of that title).

Wolverton/Farland said he wanted more detail (I've heard he's a details guy and I'm more of a minimalist) but that my novella was actually a bit too long for the contest. I guess blank space is counted? I suppose that makes sense for a print publication. So for what I had at 16K words by word processor count came out closer 22K by his measure. However, this did not disqualify my entry, which he said was very close to being a finalist.

What I think could have made it better is not trying to force the piece into a smaller space. He even said he could see my novella expanded into a novel. It's probably just the few scattered hours of sleep I've had (my daughter was up sick last night), but I feel weirdly giddy.


Tuesday, February 25, 2014

The TOC for the Dark Expanse Anthology has been announced and it is f%$&ing awesome!

Continuing the roller coaster of awesomeness, Alex Shvartsman (writer, and editor of the Unidentified Funny Objects series) just posted the TOC for the Dark Expanse anthology he is editing. My story, "Gorlack the Destroyer's All You Can Eat Adventure," will appear alongside stories by other fantastic writers including some major award winners and nominees.