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 pursuing nursing degree (say "ah!").

Rob has also just noticed how outdated and lame his website has become and will be modifying it in the near future.

His stories have appeared (or will appear) in Orson Scott Card's InterGalactic Medicine Show, Penumbra, Digital Science Fiction, Daily Science Fiction (thrice!), Stupefying Stories (fice? what's the word for five?), and a whole bunch of other places (see complete list on the right side).

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

Friday, July 18, 2014

A decent Diabolical Plots review of my Daily Science Fiction story, "If She Pushes the Button, Turn to Page 116"

Diabolical Plots is really the only site that regularly reviews Daily Science Fiction, and even though they didn't care for my first DSF story, "Blessed Are the Sowers," their review of my second DSF story (and all the other Feb '14 DSF stories), "If She Pushes the Button, Turn to Page 116" is considerably better.

If She Pushes the Button, Turn to Page 116 by Robert Lowell Russell (debut 2/11 and reviewed by James Hanzelka)

Susan and Phil are exploring their basement, now cluttered with images generated by the paperback manual in Phil’s hands. Susan is amazed at how personal and detailed the text is. Following the text they explore the clutter of Phil’s grandfather that now populated their basement, right down to the dust the images carried in with them. The two follow the path the manual leads them on, flipping from page to page, watching their movements captured on the page. They follow the manual down to the hidden cavern the manual has created under their basement where they find the box housing Phil’s evil twin from the same dimension as the manual.
This story takes a little effort to get into, but if you let it carry you along it can be fun. The plot twists and turns like the ladder the couple follow to the cavern beneath their house (or their make believe house, I was never really sure). The author does a good job using the reflection of the characters off their opposites in the story to build the storyline. Overall a pretty well done effort, give it a read.


I'll take it, and I'm looking forward to what they think of my longer story, "Scents of Life," upcoming from DSF, and sadly maybe one of the last longer stories Daily Science Fiction publishes, since DSF has announced they're focusing solely on work 1500 words or less.

Saturday, May 31, 2014

Monday, May 19, 2014

"The Flittiest Catch" has been reprinted by Voluted Tales.

"The Flittiest Catch" has been reprinted by Voluted Tales. This the second story of mine to appear in Voluted Tales, and it appears with some other excellent stories. A subscription doesn't cost much, so why not take a look?


Tuesday, April 29, 2014

"The Question" makes Diabolical Plots' The Best of Dunesteef 2012-2013+ list

My updated version of "The Question" made Diabolical Plots' The Best of Dunesteef 2012-2013+ list. "The Question" was my first published story, and I couldn't help tweaking it a bit when I was shopping it to audio markets. I think my updated version (with an ostrich) is the best version, but more importantly, the Dunesteef people who voiced my story were FANTASTIC! The only knock I had on their work is that they used seagull sounds in place of a ostrich noises, but who the heck has ostrich audio clips? Thanks again Dunesteef and I'm glad that David Steffen of Diabolical Plots liked the story.


Monday, April 28, 2014

Friday, April 25, 2014

"Mikey Frick Finds a Flower" reprinted by Story Shack and it includes FANTASTIC art by Alankrita Jain

Yikes! I've been so bogged down in my studies that I neglected to mention that my story, "Mikey Frick Finds a Flower" (originally appearing at Kazka Press) has been reprinted by Story Shack. One of the very cool things that Martin Hooijmans, editor of Story Shack, does is link writers to artists.The work done by Alankrita Jain is FANTASTIC and really captures my story perfectly. Even if you don't feel like reading my story again, it's worth following the link just to see Alankrita's artwork.