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   by Lee Russell


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Published by "Jupiter SF" magazine

"In The Web":
   - published in Jupiter SF #34 (2011)

   Published here 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 had been brewing in me over the preceding 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?

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"Swimming In The FastWarm Current":
   - published in Jupiter SF #27 (2009)

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

I love this story and the feedback on it was 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.

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Other Short Stories & Flash Fiction...

"The Long Night of Keragh Caiside":
   - an early horror story

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


The vampire in this story is based on the Irish legend of the 'Dearg Due'.

I enjoyed writing this story and experimenting with setting.

There are several descriptions of the Dearg Due online, including this one.

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"2AM":
   - a writing prompt exercise

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


This very short story came from a writing prompt to use the words 2AM, cafe and teapot.

This short tapped into my own feelings about insomnia and won a long round of applause when it was read at a local writers' group meeting.

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"The Past Does Not Sleep":
   - a writing prompt exercise

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

This very short story is my humble homage to Gabrielle Garcia Marquez.

The prompts were chocolate and rain.

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"Beyond the Bounds":
   - Published in the Inpirations Writers' Group's "RED" anthology

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


This short story taps into the worries I have about Global Warming and Climate Change.

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"Future Visions"

- a sci fi short story collection
Lee Russell

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This collection includes a set of science fiction short stories from 2005 to 2012.

Every writer must learn their craft and the early stories are naturally not as well written as later titles. But each story contains an idea that was demanding to be released from imagination... and I hope you enjoy the ideas.

In "The Blessed Light" we witness the interplay between terrorism and politics at a mining station on Titan.

"Bunker" looks at life in a survival shelter where the necessary resources for life are becoming increasingly scarce and existence in a virtual world is far more pleasant than their gasping reality.

"Labouring for New UK" illustrates a possible future that could spring from a fascist government hiding in left-wing colours.

"See Jon Swim" places a group of survivors on a floating mining platform on Enceladus. When a massive storm threatens the platform will the native lifeform be able to warn them?

"Dining with Mr Reeves" is an experimental story looking at what being 'human' could mean to people what had been completely adapated to live on Mars as natives.

"Skin" takes the worlds of fashion and medicine to perhaps the ultimate level of depravity. Why just try to look as good somebody else when you could actually become them, for a price...

In "Deep Trouble" an explosion in a deep sea station some 2 miles under the Atlantic Ocean sets the scene for a survival struggle between research scientists in and a very primeval organism.

"Bright Dawn" is a much earlier work that looks at the creation of parallel realities through a high-energy physics experiment.

and finally, in "Dream Walking" an apparently comatose victim of crime devises an ingenuous high-tech method for taking his revenge.

This collection had over 750 views from this website before being published on Kindle - I am now pleased to share it for free here.

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=> In Preferences: => Click on Page Display in the Categories column
=> In the Rendering option, for the Smooth Text dropdown the default is set to "None"
=> Change this to either "For Monitor" or "For Laptop/LCD Screens" (depending on your device).
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