I have very strong memories of the closing days of the First Cold War which often resonate in my writing today.
Films like 'When the Wind Blows', 'The Day After' and 'Threads' had shown just how devastating a nuclear war would
be. I remember news reports of US Cruise Missile launchers prowling the UK countryside on manoeuvres, practicing for the
day that they might need to rain nuclear hell on the USSR.
For a teenager growing up in those days, reports about anti-nuclear protests by CND, the Falklands War, the Reagan Administration's "Star Wars project" (ie SDI) , social uprisings in Eastern Europe, the eventual fall of the Berlin Wall and German reunification made 'The World' seem like a very dangerous place... it was, and it still is.
I gained a love of the science fiction genre around 1980 when a family friend gave me a book by Isaac Asimov (I remember his name as the catalyst for my imagination, but not the book's title).Books were very expensive in those days and the free gift of a hardback was quite something. Over the 30 years since then I have enjoyed reading many sci-fi masterpieces. My focus often sits with what Robert Silverberg called the true Golden Age of science fiction, the 1950s. I have particular soft spots for writers like Douglas Adams, Aldiss, Asimov, Greg Bear, Bradbury, John W. Campbell Jr, Arthur C. Clarke, Heinlein, Frank Herbert, Stanislaw Lem, Silverberg, E E 'Doc Smith and Walter M Miller Jr.
Outside of SF, I have been strongly affected by many wonderful writers like J G Ballard, Dante, Dickens, Dostoyevsky, T S Eliot, Graves, Koontz, Gabriel Garcia Marquez, Solzhenitsyn and Tolstoy.
These influences have combined into strong feelings about the power of love and respect for others. These values and emotions are the glue that binds us together in societies, whether that be in families, towns, countries or ideologies.
Books by Lee Russell:
Dead Snow (2017)
An End of Beginnings (2016)
Future Visions (2012 & 2016)
In the Web (2011) - originally published in Jupiter SF #34, now available for free from my website
Swimming in the FastWarm Current (2009) - orginally published in Jupiter SF #27, now available for free from my website