Russell Blackford was born in Sydney, Australia.
He has worked as an academic, in labour relations, in professional legal practice in the Melbourne offices of Phillips Fox Lawyers, one of Australia's leading commercial law firms, and as a full-time writer. As of 2008, Russell Blackford became a graduate student and sessional teacher in the School of Philosophy and Bioethics, Monash University.
His writing—fiction and non-fiction—frequently explores issues of technology, power, freedom, and the human desire for immortality.
Blackford is internationally known as a science fiction critic and advocate of the sf genre, and contribute frequently to The New York Review of Science Fiction.