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Blackford, Russell

Entry updated 12 September 2022. Tagged: Author, Critic, Editor.

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(1954-    ) Australian author and critic. The best of his small output of sf may be "Glass Reptile Breakout" (in Strange Attractors, anth 1985, ed Damien Broderick), the title story of Glass Reptile Breakout (anth 1990) edited by Van Ikin, a Cyberpunk tale of self-healing teenagers. His only novel, The Tempting of the Witch King (1983), is ironic fantasy. Co-editor of Australian Science Fiction Review: Second Series, Blackford has two William Atheling Jr Awards for criticism. With David King he edited Urban Fantasies (anth 1985), sf and fantasy stories, and, with Jenny Blackford (1957-    ), Lucy Sussex and Norman Talbot (1936-2004), Contrary Modes (anth 1985), essays on sf. As an author of nonfiction, he is of most interest for Hyperdreams: Damien Broderick's Space/Time Fiction (1998 chap), a sympathetic analysis of Damien Broderick's fiction; and Strange Constellations: A History of Australian Science Fiction (1999) with Van Ikin and Sean McMullen, a comprehensive survey of the field. [PN]

Russell Kenneth Blackford

born Sydney, New South Wales: 1954




individual titles


works as editor

  • Urban Fantasies (Melbourne, Victoria: Ebony Books, 1985) with David King [anth: pb/]

nonfiction works as editor


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