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Between the late 1940s and 1950, Russell submitted several science fiction stories to Pabst, although Pabst rejected most of them. It was Russell's story about the Borg which piqued Pabst's interest, suggesting that Russell give them the phrase "Resistance is Futile". Pabst later began buying every story Russell wrote and later invited him to the Arthur Trill building to see the office and later gave him a job on staff. (DS9 novelization: Far Beyond the Stars)
On April 19, 1953, Russell received the letter from Pabst, informing him of his successful pitch, the inclusion of his story in a future edition and his invite to the offices. (DS9 comic: " When the Stars Come A-Calling")
In September of that year, Russell wrote the novella Deep Space Nine, his first story focusing on Captain Benjamin Sisko, the commanding officer of a space station called Deep Space 9. Although Pabst liked the story, he refused to publish it due to Sisko being black, which he thought was "not believable". Russell later modified the story to make it a dream, but Mister Stone, the owner of the magazine, had the entire issue pulped and had Pabst fire Russell. Pabst and the other magazine staff later watched as Russell was taken away in an ambulance. (DS9 episode: "Far Beyond the Stars")
Some time later, Pabst was contacted by James Wykoff, the doctor looking after Russell in a psychiatic wing, to discuss the events that led to Russell being admitted. Pabst later sent Wykoff a copy of Russell's first Deep Space Nine story, entitled The Emissary. (DS9 short story: "Isolation Ward 4")