'Sign up' to receive advance information about my new books, free offers, background materials and more...


Science Fiction,
     Literary Fiction and

      other Creative Writing

     from Lee Russell

I'm fascinated by the intersections between Love, Beliefs, and Adversity.

I typically write near future, hard-edged fiction that explores how people react in times of conflict.

Explore the links below for FREE downloads, news and more!

About Me logo    RSS feed   Links   Legal     Blog link   Blog link   Blog link

Click on the covers to find out more about my books...

Revised artwork for DS Kindle cover    Final artwork for AEOB cover    Cover for Future Visions    Cover for In The Web FREE    Cover for Swimming in the FastWarm Current FREE       Other writing, blogs and interests

BREXIT tiles August 2017: I have now started writing my new series of post-Brexit Conspiracy Thrillers. I'm really excited to be writing in this new genre and I'm already enjoying the adventures that these wonderful characters are having!


Lissa Blackwood is a thirty-one year old covert warfare specialist who describes herself as “a strong, fierce, woman warrior!”

Craig Ballard is her forty-two year old team leader. Married with two children, Ballard is a Special Boat Service sniper, explosives and survival expert.

Blackwood and Ballard are SIG’s top agents. With the whole of Europe standing against them, they’re in a race against time to stop The Players and save the lives of millions.

Revised artwork for DS Kindle cover

Dead Snow reviews promo card

Ordering 'Dead Snow':

You can buy the Kindle e-book from Amazon.co.uk or Amazon.com

The paperback is available on Amazon UK, Amazon.com, or my US CreateSpace store

Published 1st March 2017:

Dead Snow returns to the future society I created in my short story In The Web (available for Free Download from this website).

Would You Release The Virus?

After three hundred years of conflict, global leaders have deliberately stalemated the New Cold War. While they enjoy the comforts remaining in their post-industrial world, most people live in the shadows of the huge Mega-Plex buildings. Hungry, denied healthcare and education, these Outsiders can only dream of leaving the slums and becoming a `Plex-man.

Mertin Dourif, a scientist in the Ramsgate `Plex, discovers the truth when he dies and his consciousness transfers onto the bio-web. Gaining access to all of the `Plex's hidden secrets, he realises that revolution is possible if he can arrange for a weapon called 'Dead Snow' to be used against the ’Commies in Antarctica,

and he has a plan...

Dead Snow is a near-future, Social Science Fiction, Adventure story.

Final artwork for AEOB cover

Ordering An End of Beginnings

Buy the Kindle e-book from Amazon.co.uk
or Amazon.com

Buy the paperback from Amazon UK or my US CreateSpace store (amazon.com to follow shortly)

Published 1st June 2016:

In 2122 a spacecraft is detected, approaching the Earth from inter-galactic space.

Called 'Charybdis', it is so massive that its arrival will destroy all life in the solar system.

It is broadcasting a rich data signal but will not answer our messages.

Only one small group of workers at a mining station on Titan stand a chance of reaching it and finding safety.

Can they find a way to make Charybdis their new home?

And what will the the mysterious 'Pilot' do if they succeed?

Written with the feel of Golden Age sci-fi, ‘An End of Beginnings’ is a space-based, post-apocalyptic, Hard SF survival adventure story.

Film clacker If you are uncertain about how to load free ebooks onto an Amazon Kindle reader then my short YouTube video may help.

PDF settings You may find that .pdf files you open from my website render on your screen with poor-quality, jagged fonts. If you have that problem it could be that the rendering settings in your .pdf reader are not optimised for your device. In the case of Adobe Acrobat Reader DC, the following settings may cure the problem:

Space Probe logo - speculative fiction by Lee Russell Silver Tree Logo
Stories published on this website are released under my Silver Tree TM imprint.   Silver Tree logo © Lee Russell

The stories published on this website are entirely a work of fiction. The names, characters and incidents portrayed in them, other than those clearly in the public domain, are the work of the author's imagination. Any resemblance to real persons, living or dead, or actual events is entirely coincidental.

In The Web - 2011
PUBLISHED in Jupiter SF #34

Open story icon

pdf logo   ePub logo

 mobi logo

Click on the picture to open the story in your browser,or click on the file format you need to download a copy.

Facebook Share button SocialMediaPrompt
Twitter Share button

© Lee Russell
Published under a Creative Commons "Attribution - Non-Commercial - NoDerivs 2.0 England and Wales" license

Set in the Isle of Thanet in south-east England, this story collates some ideas that have been brewing in me over the past few years. Thanet is a very deprived area of the UK but its urgent need for help doesn't seem to penetrate far enough into civil society. The towns and villages are home to some lovely people but the decline of most forms of primary economic activity is slowly rotting the area from the core out.

People in Thanet must wonder sometimes if the wider world cares about them - in this story one privileged man has to confront his prejudices about these people. How will that experience change him?

Horizontal Line

Future Visions
Re-published on the Kindle in July 2016

Over 750 views from this website before publication...

Open story icon

This collection of short stories includes writing from 2005 to 2012. The tales presented here are a balance of later, more fully-developed stories and earlier, less-developed pieces that are included so you can enjoy the ideas.

Horizontal Line

Swimming in the FastWarm Current - 2009
PUBLISHED in Jupiter SF #27

Open story icon
pdf logo   ePub logo   mobi logo

Click on the picture to open the story in your browser, or click on the file format you need to download a copy.

Facebook Share button pdf logo
Twitter Share button

© Lee Russell
Published under a Creative Commons "Attribution - Non-Commercial - NoDerivs 2.0 England and Wales" license

I love this story and feedback on it has been very positive. It considers an extremely radical solution for human survival after the planet is devastated by over-exploitation of its natural resources. After thousands of years spent inside other animals' bodies, will people remember how to be "human" again? I was completely surprised by the ending of this tale when it turns out to be a cliche-free tale of true love.

sfrevu.com - review of Jupiter SF issue 27: "Russell is another first-time author and he shows quite a bit of talent here."

SFcrowsnest.com - review of Jupiter SF issue 27: "An engaging story, swimmingly good!"

SF Site.com - review of Jupiter SF issue 27: "...[the story is] rather nice, if again fairly conventional. The revealed history is enjoyable."

Jupiter SF #27 blog, 21/1/10: "... Lee Russell's first story, a wonderful piece which shows he's got a great future ahead of him."

Horizontal Line

Moon Dive - 2007

I had great fun writing this tale. I'd just finished reading Martin Farr's book on Cave Diving when I started to wonder what it would be like to take that sport out into the solar system. I was also fascinated at this time with an image of Saturn's moon Hyperion,showing a shadowy grey and strangely mottled surface.

Update - 25/04/11: The story has so far accrued 3 rejections with comments that it is interesting and somebody will probably want to publish it. Finding that "somebody" become too time-consuming so this story was merged with "Deep Trouble" in a major red-edit. The original "Moon Dive" story has been mothballed and will not be released here. The first draft of this short story is still in its early stages

Horizontal Line

Nowhere to Go - published here in 2011

Open story icon
Click here for the story in PDF format.

Click here for the story on ePUB format.

A pretty straight forward "coping with disaster" story from 2006. This is an early 2006 piece and by no means my best work. It mostly allowed me to start thinking about plot development and characterisation, as well as exorcising a few personal demons on the way.

Horizontal Line

Write Handed logo Other writing

  Essays & musings...


Blogs and Interests

  "About Writing" blog

  Astronomy and Geology


(c) Lee Russell. All materials are copyright Lee Russell and may not be amended or distributed without prior permission.

Click here to view the RussellWeb Legal Disclaimer and Copyright Information notice.

Hit counter courtsey of Klemen Stirn (PHPcount, www.phpjunkyard.com)
Font resizing courtesy of the flowtype.js Javascript module from simplefocus.com/flowtype/
Responsive Grid System courtesy of www.grahamrobertsonmiller.co.uk
Slide In Feedback Panel courtesy of codyhouse.co at https://codyhouse.co/gem/css-slide-in-panel/

Download folder icon made by Freepik from www.flaticon.com is licensed under CC BY 3.0
Pen nib icon made by Freepik from www.flaticon.com is licensed by CC 3.0 BY
Email icon made by OCHA from www.flaticon.com is licensed under CC BY 3.0
Brexit scrabble word image is 'brexit' by airpix from flickr.com (Creative Commons Attribution 2.0 Generic (CC BY 2.0) license
Information icon included on the 'about me' link is from 'Blue Cons' by Ken Saunders - see www.MouseRunner.com and is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 2.5 License