KGB Fantastic Fiction is a monthly reading series held on the third Wednesday of every month at the famous KGB Bar in Manhattan. The reading series features luminaries and up-and-comers in speculative fiction. Admission is always free.

Some of our past readers:
Joyce Carol Oates, Lucius Shepard, Jeffrey Ford, Scott Westerfeld, Kelly Link, China Miéville, Nancy Kress, Jack McDevitt, Stewart O.Nan, James Patrick Kelly, Barry N. Marlzberg, Samuel (Chip) Delany, Holly Black, Michael Swanwick, Kit Reed, Peter Straub, Andy Duncan, Richard Bowes, Catherynne Valente, Ellen Kushner, Jeff VanderMeer, Naomi Novik, Elizabeth Bear and a smorgasbord of other talented authors. read more »

June 23, 2015

FANTASTIC FICTION at KGB reading series, hosts Ellen Datlow and Matthew Kressel present:

Crackpot Palace by Jeffrey Ford

Jeffrey Ford

Jeffrey Ford is the author of the novels, The Physiognomy, Memoranda, The Beyond, The Portrait of Mrs. Charbuque, The Girl in the Glass, The Shadow Year, and The Cosmology of the Wider World.  His story collections are The Fantasy Writer’s Assistant, The Empire of Ice Cream, The Drowned Life, and Crackpot Palace. He has a new story collection coming in 2016, A Natural History of Autumn, from Small Beer Press. His fiction has won the Edgar Allan Poe Award, the Nebula, the Shirley Jackson Award, the World Fantasy Award, and Gran Prix de l’Imaginaire.

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The Waking Engine by David Edison

David Edison

David Edison’s decade-long series of journalistic gigs was eaten by the internet. His first novel, The Waking Engine, was published by Tor in 2014, and earned Debut of the Month from the Library Journal.  His next novel, The Noonday Plague, will be published in 2016.  He makes his home in San Francisco, but his heart beats East Village blood.

Wednesday, July 15th, 2015, 7pm at

KGB Bar, 85 East 4th Street (just off 2nd Ave, upstairs.)
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Readings are always free.

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June 23, 2015

The following audio was recorded live at the KGB Bar on June 17th, 2015 with guests Dale Bailey & Simon Strantzas. Matthew Kressel was traveling, so Kristine Dikeman co-hosted in his place.

The End of the End of Everything by Dale Bailey

Dale Bailey

Dale Bailey’s new collection, The End of the End of Everything, came out in the spring.  A novel, The Subterranean Season, will follow this fall.  He has published three previous novels, The Fallen, House of Bones, and Sleeping Policemen (with Jack Slay, Jr.), and one previous collection of short fiction, The Resurrection Man’s Legacy and Other Stories.  His work has been a finalist for the Nebula Award, the Shirley Jackson Award, and the Bram Stoker Award.  His International Horror Guild Award-winning novelette “Death and Suffrage” was adapted for Showtime Television’s Masters of Horror.

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Burnt Black Suns by Simon Strantzas

Simon Strantzas

Simon Strantzas is the author of four collections of strange and weird stories, including Burnt Black Suns. He is also the editor of Aickman’s Heirs and Shadows Edge , as well as guest co-editor of The Year’s Best Weird Fiction, Vol. 3), His writing has been reprinted in numerous annual best-of anthologies; been translated into other languages; and been nominated for the British Fantasy and Shirley Jackson Award.

 

 


June 22, 2015
Simon Stranzas & Dale Bailey

Simon Stranzas & Dale Bailey

On Wednesday, we were visited by two friendly ghosts in the form of Dale Bailey & Simon Strantzas, who both read excerpts of their work. Matt was out of town so he conjured up a superlative substitute co-host in the form of Kristine Dikeman. Ellen’s photos of the evening can be viewed here.


May 26, 2015

FANTASTIC FICTION at KGB reading series, hosts Ellen Datlow and Matthew Kressel present:

The End of the End of Everything by Dale Bailey

Dale Bailey

Dale Bailey’s new collection, The End of the End of Everything, came out in the spring.  A novel, The Subterranean Season, will follow this fall.  He has published three previous novels, The Fallen, House of Bones, and Sleeping Policemen (with Jack Slay, Jr.), and one previous collection of short fiction, The Resurrection Man’s Legacy and Other Stories.  His work has been a finalist for the Nebula Award, the Shirley Jackson Award, and the Bram Stoker Award.  His International Horror Guild Award-winning novelette “Death and Suffrage” was adapted for Showtime Television’s Masters of Horror.

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Burnt Black Suns by Simon Strantzas

Simon Strantzas

Simon Strantzas is the author of four collections of strange and weird stories, including Burnt Black Suns. He is also the editor of Aickman’s Heirs and Shadows Edge , as well as guest co-editor of The Year’s Best Weird Fiction, Vol. 3), His writing has been reprinted in numerous annual best-of anthologies; been translated into other languages; and been nominated for the British Fantasy and Shirley Jackson Award.

Wednesday, June 17th, 2015, 7pm at

KGB Bar, 85 East 4th Street (just off 2nd Ave, upstairs.)
http://www.kgbfantasticfiction.org/

Subscribe to our mailing list:
http://groups.yahoo.com/group/kgbfantasticfiction/

Readings are always free.

Please forward to friends at your own discretion.


May 23, 2015

The following audio was recorded live on May 20, 2015 at the KGB Bar with guests Wesley Chu & Nicole Kornher-Stace. Thanks as always to Gordon Linzner for the audio recording and Rajan Khanna for the introductions.

Time Salvager by Wesley Chu

Wesley Chu

Wesley Chu is the author of five novels and a 2015 nominee for the John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer. His debut, The Lives of Tao, won the Young Adult Library Services Alex Award and was a finalist for the Goodreads Choice Awards for Best Science Fiction. His next series, Time Salvager, published by Tor books, is scheduled for release on July 7th, 2015. He hates long walks in the park and is terrified of heights.

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Archivist Wasp by Nicole Kornher-Stace

Nicole Kornher-Stace

Nicole Kornher-Stace’s writing has appeared in numerous magazines and anthologies, including Best American Fantasy, Clockwork Phoenix 3 and 4, The Mammoth Book of Steampunk, The Mammoth Book of SF Stories by Women, Zombies: More Recent Dead, Apex, and Fantasy Magazine. She is the author of Archivist Wasp, Desideria, Demon Lovers and Other Difficulties, and The Winter Triptych.

 

 

 


May 22, 2015
Wesley Chu & Nicole Kornher-Stace

Wesley Chu & Nicole Kornher-Stace

Lots of buzz and buzzed folks in the crowd this past Wednesday with guests Wesley Chu and Nicole Kornher-Stace. Wes read excerpt from Time Salvager and The Lives of Tao, and Nicole read an excerpt from Archivist Wasp. An all around excellent night.

Ellen’s photos can be viewed here.


May 13, 2015

FANTASTIC FICTION at KGB reading series, hosts Ellen Datlow and Matthew Kressel present:

Time Salvager by Wesley Chu

Wesley Chu

Wesley Chu is the author of five novels and a 2015 nominee for the John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer. His debut, The Lives of Tao, won the Young Adult Library Services Alex Award and was a finalist for the Goodreads Choice Awards for Best Science Fiction. His next series, Time Salvager, published by Tor books, is scheduled for release on July 7th, 2015. He hates long walks in the park and is terrified of heights.

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Archivist Wasp by Nicole Kornher-Stace

Nicole Kornher-Stace

Nicole Kornher-Stace’s writing has appeared in numerous magazines and anthologies, including Best American Fantasy, Clockwork Phoenix 3 and 4, The Mammoth Book of Steampunk, The Mammoth Book of SF Stories by Women, Zombies: More Recent Dead, Apex, and Fantasy Magazine. She is the author of Archivist Wasp, Desideria, Demon Lovers and Other Difficulties, and The Winter Triptych.

Wednesday, May 20th, 2015, 7pm at

KGB Bar, 85 East 4th Street (just off 2nd Ave, upstairs.)
http://www.kgbfantasticfiction.org/

Subscribe to our mailing list:
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Readings are always free.

Please forward to friends at your own discretion.


April 23, 2015

The following audio was recorded live at the KGB Bar on April 15, 2015, with guests James Morrow and Ken Liu. As always, thanks to Gordon Linzner and Rajan Khanna for the production of this recording.

Galapagos Regained by James Morrow

James Morrow

James Morrow, who according to the New York Times, is “a wildly imaginative and generous novelist who plays hilarious games with grand ideas.” His latest effort, Galápagos Regained, follows in this brainteasing tradition, as did its predecessors, The Last Witchfinder and The Philosopher’s Apprentice. A two-time recipient of both the World Fantasy and Nebula awards, Morrow is presently working on a loopy historical epic in which Lazarus time-travels to A.D. 325 intending to sway the outcome of the Council of Nicaea.

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The Grace of Kings by Ken Liu

Ken Liu

Ken Liu is an author and translator of speculative fiction, as well as a lawyer and programmer. A winner of the Nebula, Hugo, and World Fantasy Awards, he has been published in The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction, Asimov’s, Analog, Clarkesworld, Lightspeed, and Strange Horizons, among other places. His novel The Grace of Kings is out in April from Saga Press.

 

 


April 17, 2015
James Morrow & Ken Liu

James Morrow & Ken Liu

It was with great pleasure that we welcomed two esteemed writers to our midst this past Wednesday. James Morrow read excerpt from his new novel Galápagos Regained, and Ken Liu read from his recently released The Grace of Kings. The house was full and enthusiastic. Ellen Datlow was busy traveling in China, so the magesterial Mercurio D. Rivera subbed for her.

Photos from the night can be viewed here.


March 30, 2015

FANTASTIC FICTION at KGB reading series, hosts Ellen Datlow and Matthew Kressel present:

Galapagos Regained by James Morrow

James Morrow

James Morrow, who according to the New York Times, is “a wildly imaginative and generous novelist who plays hilarious games with grand ideas.” His latest effort, Galápagos Regained, follows in this brainteasing tradition, as did its predecessors, The Last Witchfinder and The Philosopher’s Apprentice. A two-time recipient of both the World Fantasy and Nebula awards, Morrow is presently working on a loopy historical epic in which Lazarus time-travels to A.D. 325 intending to sway the outcome of the Council of Nicaea.

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The Grace of Kings by Ken Liu

Ken Liu

Ken Liu is an author and translator of speculative fiction, as well as a lawyer and programmer. A winner of the Nebula, Hugo, and World Fantasy Awards, he has been published in The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction, Asimov’s, Analog, Clarkesworld, Lightspeed, and Strange Horizons, among other places. His novel The Grace of Kings is out in April from Saga Press.

Wednesday, April 15th, 2015, 7pm at

KGB Bar, 85 East 4th Street (just off 2nd Ave, upstairs.)
http://www.kgbfantasticfiction.org/

Subscribe to our mailing list:
http://groups.yahoo.com/group/kgbfantasticfiction/

Readings are always free.

Please forward to friends at your own discretion.