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 »

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July 3, 2013

Hello Fans & Friends of Fantastic Fiction at KGB, We hope you are well.  If you haven’t already heard, Fantastic Fiction at KGB is holding a fundraiser through Kickstarter to keep our series going for another two or more years. You likely already know about the popular reading series held on the third Wednesday of every month at the KGB Bar, 85 East Fourth Street in New York City. Fantastic Fiction was founded in the late 1990s by author Terry Bisson and editor Alice K. Turner. Currently hosted by Ellen Datlow, multi-award winning editor of more than fifty science fiction, fantasy, and horror anthologies and myself, Matt Kressel, World Fantasy Award-nominated editor of Sybil’s Garage and author of more than twenty short stories, the series serves as a speculative fiction salon, featuring both luminaries and up-and-coming writers specializing in Science Fiction, Fantasy, Horror and more. Admission to the readings is *always* free. Readers are given a modest honorarium, plus free drinks and dinner at a local restaurant afterward. And our hard-working bartenders are given a small gratuity at the end of the readings. In the past, generous donations from Cemetery Dance Publications and raffle fundraisers have helped keep the series going. Now, your support can ensure that Fantastic Fiction at KGB continues to allow writers, editors, literary agents, and fans to meet and mingle each month in a friendly and casual atmosphere. We’ve reached our primary goal of $3000, which will fund the series for two more years.  But we’d like to fund the series for longer without having to appeal again to the community. Each additional $1500 we receive will fund the series for another year.  Here is a breakdown of the amount donated and the length of time we will remain in funds: $3000 – Until July 2015 (Goal met!) $4500 – Until July 2016 $6000 – Until July 2017 $7500 – Until July 2018 We’d love to hit the second marker ($4500), but just reaching $3000 so early in the Kickstarter has made us all so very happy and grateful to have the support of the community. We’ve assembled a wonderful collection of rewards, generously donated by our friends in the spec-fic family. They include Tuckerizations and book grab bags, original illustrations, fiction critiques and more. Backer’s names will be prominently displayed on the KGB website, where you can also find the schedule of upcoming readers:www.kgbfantasticfiction.org. We’ll also be posting new rewards soon, and some are so tasty I wish I could say more.  Okay, I’ll give you a hint: we will soon be announcing rewards from Roger Zelazny (donated by Trent), Peter Straub, Cat Valente, Solaris Books, Ysabeau Wilce, Ben Loory, and more. The Fantastic Fiction series at KGB represents a place of fellowship and community, where fans of speculative fiction can share their love of the genre. With your help, we can keep this important tradition going strong for many more years to come. We thank you for your help, and invite you to join us, every third Wednesday, on Manhattan’s East 4th street. Link to our Kickstarter page: http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/kgbfantasticfiction/fantastic-fiction-at-kgb-fundraiser Link to our press release: http://www.kgbfantasticfiction.org/fundraiser/ Contacts: Ellen Datlow, datlow [at] datlow [dot] com Matthew Kressel, matt [at] sensesfive [dot] com Thank you! Best, Matthew Kressel


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November 7, 2010

AnimalKGB FANTASTIC FICTION RAFFLE IS HUGE SUCCESS Press Release For Immediate Release The KGB Fantastic Fiction Raffle went swimmingly, generating enough money to keep the series viable for two years. New York, NY (November 2010) – The KGB Fantastic Fiction Raffle was a huge success.  Seventy nine highly-coveted prizes were awarded to individuals from all over the world, including winners in Spain, Belgium and Australia.  The raffle has generated enough money to keep the series viable for two years. The hosts, Ellen Datlow and Matthew Kressel, wish to thank everyone for their generous support. The full list of winners is online here: http://bit.ly/dqUL9g Contacts: Ellen Datlow, KGB co-host, datlow [at] datlow [dot] com Matthew Kressel, KGB co-host, matt [at] sensesfive [dot] com


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October 25, 2010

The following are the winners for the 2010 KGB Raffle.  Thank you to all who participated and congratulations to all winners!  We appreciate your support very much and with the funds generated we can keep the series going for at least another two years. A huge thank you to Kris Dikeman for all her behind-the-scenes support. The donors will contact the winners via the email address you provided. Signed Books and ARCs from Cemetery Dance Publications (CDP-BOOKS) Winner 1 of 1 Matt Schwartz of Jersey City, New Jersey, United States Order ID: 136 Rare Signed Copy of Glen Hirshberg’s THE SNOWMAN’S CHILDREN (HIRSHBERG-SNOWMAN) Winner 1 of 1 Bruce Chrumka of Calgary, Alberta, Canada Order ID: 118 Collectors Ed. of THE AUTOPSY AND OTHER TALES by Michael Shea (SHEA-AUTOPSY) Winner 1 of 1 David Roberts of Los Altos, California, United States Order ID: 103 Tuckerization by Richard Bowes (BOWES-TUCKER) Winner 1 of 1 Mary Robinette Kowal of Portland, Oregon, United States Order ID: 147 Tuckerization by Lucius Shepard – and a signed copy of the book (SHEPARD-TUCKER) Winner 1 of 1 Chris McLaren of Cambridge, Ontario, Canada Order ID: 76 China Mieville Original Drawing from UN LUN DUN (MIEVILLE-DRAWING) Winner 1 of 1 Christina Hughes of New York, New York, United States Order ID: 69 Massage from Peter Straub’s masseur, Bret Bailey (MASSAGE BY BRET BAILEY) Winner 1 of 1 Paul Berger of New York, New York, United States Order ID: 195 Tuckerization by Carol Emshwiller (EMSHWILLER-TUCKER) Winner 1 of 1 Rock Savage of New York, New York, United States Order ID: 164 Subscription to THE MAGAZINE OF FANTASY AND SCIENCE FICTION (GVG-FSF) Winner 1 of 1 David J. Batista of Bronx, New York, United States Order ID: 25 Tuckerization by Laird Barron (BARRON-TUCKER) Winner 1 of 1 WILLIAM LINDBLAD of Plano, Texas, United States Order ID: 206 Signed ARC and Book: Illyria by Elizabeth Hand (HAND-ILLYRIA) Winner 1 of 1 WILLIAM LINDBLAD of Plano, Texas, United States Order ID: 206 John Crowley Annotated Art by Peter Milton (DRUMMOND-PRINTS) Winner 1 of 1 Anne Sydenham of Northcote, Victoria, Australia Order ID: 33 Story or novel opening critique by Nancy Kress (KRESS-CRIT) Winner 1 of 1 Rajan Khanna of Brooklyn, New York, United States Order ID: 133 Signed DEATHLESS Galley & necklace made by Catherynne M. Valente (VALENTE-DEATHLESS) Winner 1 of 1 Alison Campbell-Wise of Downingtown, Pennsylvania, United States Order ID: 95 Session with Ellen Datlow’s reflexologist, Ellen Sterman (SHERMAN-REFLEX) Winner 1 of 1 Risa Karaviotis of Brooklyn, New York, United States Order ID: 189 Signed Galleys of OLD FLAMES and RIGHT TO LIFE by Jack Ketchum (KETCHUM-GALLEYS) Winner 1 of 1 WILLIAM LINDBLAD of Plano, Texas, United States Order ID: 206 Leatherbound, Signed CAUSTIC COMEDIES by Robert Shearman (SHEARMAN-CAUSTIC) Winner 1 of 1 Joel Zakem of Louisville, Kentucky, United States Order ID: 84 Your Very Own Wormhole by Physicist Michio Kaku (KAKU-WORMHOLE) Winner 1 of 8 Oliver Irlam of Little Rock, Arkansas, United States Order ID: 196 Your Very Own Wormhole by Physicist Michio Kaku (KAKU-WORMHOLE) Winner 2 of 8 Carrie Wright of Gladwyne, Pennsylvania, United States Order ID: 172 Your Very Own Wormhole by Physicist Michio Kaku (KAKU-WORMHOLE) Winner 3 of 8 Cecil Castellucci of Los Angeles, California, United States Order ID: 135 Your Very Own Wormhole by Physicist Michio Kaku (KAKU-WORMHOLE) Winner 4 of 8 Sarah Deckard of Chattanooga, Tennessee, United States Order ID: 134 Your Very Own Wormhole by Physicist Michio Kaku (KAKU-WORMHOLE) Winner 5 of 8 Brett Kuehner of Old Tappan, New Jersey, United States Order ID: 129 Your Very Own Wormhole by Physicist Michio Kaku (KAKU-WORMHOLE) Winner 6 of 8 Gavin Grant of Brighton, Massachusetts, United States Order ID: 150 Your Very Own Wormhole by Physicist Michio Kaku (KAKU-WORMHOLE) Winner 7 of 8 Marc Jacobs of Redwood City, California, United States Order ID: 161 Your Very Own Wormhole by Physicist Michio Kaku (KAKU-WORMHOLE) Winner 8 of 8 Christina Yi of Fairfax, Virginia, United States Order ID: 222 Novel query critque by Barry Goldblatt (GOLDBLATT-CRIT) Winner 1 of 1 Ed Webb of Carlisle, Pennsylvania, United States Order ID: 187 Story critique by Shawna McCarthy (MCCARTHY-CRIT) Winner 1 of 1 David Mercurio Rivera of Bronx, New York, United States Order ID: 92 Name that Alien by Cecil Castelucci (CASTELUCCI-ALIEN) Winner 1 of 1 Karlos Laws of Brooklyn, New York, United States Order ID: 97 THE SKELETON IN THE CLOSET, edited by Stefan Dziemianowicz (SIGNED-BLOCH) Winner 1 of 1 Karen Ellery of Minneapolis, Minnesota, United States Order ID: 4 Signed copy of HAUNTED LEGENDS plus an ARC (DATLOW-LEGENDS) Winner 1 of 1 Monica ORourke of Astoria, New York, United States Order ID: 16 Story Critique by Cat Rambo (RAMBO-CRIT) Winner 1 of 1 Stacey Friedberg of Short Hills, New Jersey, United States Order ID: 29 Short story critique by Mary Robinette Kowal (KOWAL-CRIT) Winner 1 of 1 Shane Alonso of Cincinnati, Ohio, United States Order ID: 70 THE KOSHER GUIDE TO IMAGINARY ANIMALS by Ann & Jeff VanderMeer (VANDERMEER-KOSHER) Winner 1 of 1 Heidi C Vlach of Sudbury, Ontario, Canada Order ID: 6 Bead Creature by Vonda Mcintyre (BEAD-CREATURE) Winner 1 of 1 Krista Leahy of Brooklyn, New York, United States Order ID: 75 Neil Gaiman’s Used Keyboard (GAIMAN-KEYBOARD) Winner 1 of 1 Emily Hayes of Decatur, Georgia, United States Order ID: 182 FIREBIRD Trilogy, edited by Sharyn November (NOVEMBER-FIREBIRD) Winner 1 of 1 Robert Brouhard of Salem, Oregon, United States Order ID: 30 Story critique by the Altered Fluid Writing Group (ALTEREDFLUID-CRIT) Winner 1 of 1 David J. Batista of Bronx, New York, United States Order ID: 25 A six-pack from Nightshade Books (NIGHTSHADE-6PACK) Winner 1 of 1 WILLIAM LINDBLAD of Plano, Texas, United States Order ID: 206 Three Unpublished Short Stories by Michael Swanwick (SWANWICK-STORIES) Winner 1 of 1 Jacob Weisman of San Francisco, California, United States Order ID: 108 Signed ARC: THE HUNDRED THOUSAND KINGDOMS by N.K. Jemisin (JEMISIN-KINGDOMS) Winner 1 of 1 WILLIAM LINDBLAD of Plano, Texas, United States Order ID: 206 Signed ARC: FOR THE WIN by Cory Doctorow (DOCTOROW-FTW) Winner 1 of 1 David J. Batista of Bronx, New York, United States Order ID: 25 SHIMMER #12, plus electronic editions of all 12 issues. (SHIMMER-BUNDLE) Winner 1 of 1 Mary Kay Kare of Seattle, Washington, United States Order ID: 117 3 Signed Titles from George R.R. Martin (MARTIN-BOOKS) Winner 1 of 1 Arthur Corre of Dayton, Ohio, United States Order ID: 62 3 Books from Small Beer Press (SMALL-BEER-BOOKS) Winner 1 of 1 WILLIAM LINDBLAD of Plano, Texas, United States Order ID: 206 Tuckerization by Joe R. Lansdale (LANSDALE-TUCKER) Winner 1 of 1 Melody Chamlee of New York, New York, United States Order ID: 112 Signed copy of THE HONEY MONTH by Amal El-Mohtar (PAPAVERIA-HONEY) Winner 1 of 1 Antonia Townsend of Bristol, South Glos, United Kingdom Order ID: 34 INTERFICTIONS 1 & 2, Signed by the Editors (IAF-INTERFICTIONS) Winner 1 of 1 Susan Brown of Rutledge, Missouri, United States Order ID: 192 Haikasoru Grab-Bag of Three Titles from Nick Mamatas (MAMATAS-HAIKASORU) Winner 1 of 1 Robert Brouhard of Salem, Oregon, United States Order ID: 30 Signed ARC: THE WAY OF THE WIZARD (ADAMS-WIZARD) Winner 1 of 1 Adam Palermo of Boston, Massachusetts, United States Order ID: 155 Latest Four Issues of ELECRIC VELOCIPEDE (KLIMA-EV) Winner 1 of 1 Ray Vukcevich of Eugene, Oregon, United States Order ID: 96 F. Paul Wilson Signed, Limited Edition SIMS Novellas (WILSON-SIMS) Winner 1 of 1 Shane Alonso of Cincinnati, Ohio, United States Order ID: 70 12 Titles by Chizine Press (CHIZINE-CATALOG) Winner 1 of 1 William Freedman of West Hempstead, New York, United States Order ID: 148 BRIGHTON SHOCK by PS Publishing (BRIGHTONPS) Winner 1 of 1 WILLIAM LINDBLAD of Plano, Texas, United States Order ID: 206 Complete First Second (:01) Graphic Novels by Gina Gagliano (GAGLIANO-FIRSTSECOND) Winner 1 of 1 Rajan Khanna of Brooklyn, New York, United States Order ID: 133 The Tour of Tor by Liz Gorinsky (GORINSKY-TOR) Winner 1 of 1 Lexie Cenni of Hamilton, New Jersey, United States Order ID: 176 Custom Terrarium from Paul Riddell and The Texas Triffid Ranch (RIDDELL-TERRARIUM) Winner 1 of 1 Tracy Bischoff of Los Angeles, California, United States Order ID: 193 Two Drawings by Thomas Canty (CANTY-DRAWINGS) Winner 1 of 1 Rajan Khanna of Brooklyn, New York, United States Order ID: 133 Prints from the Shining Tarot Deck by Rachel Pollack (POLLACK-TAROT) Winner 1 of 1 Laurel Lyon of Sesa, Huesca, Spain Order ID: 24 Art from ZITA THE SPACEGIRL by Ben Hatke & ARC (GAGLIANO-SPACEGIRL) Winner 1 of 1 Tracy Bischoff of Los Angeles, California, United States Order ID: 193 Signed drawing by Terri Windling (WINDLING-DRAWING) Winner 1 of 1 Amal El-Mohtar of Penryn, Cornwall, United Kingdom Order ID: 104 Partial manuscript from William Gibson (GIBSON-MANUSCRIPT) Winner 1 of 1 Althea Morin of Staten Island, New York, United States Order ID: 21 Typewritten Short Story by Mary Robinette Kowal (KOWAL-TYPED) Winner 1 of 1 WILLIAM LINDBLAD of Plano, Texas, United States Order ID: 206 Zoe Van Gelder Art on back of Ray Vukcevich Manuscript (GVG-ZOE) Winner 1 of 1 Ray Vukcevich of Eugene, Oregon, United States Order ID: 96 Group of seven ARCs, donated by John Crowley (CROWLEY-7ARCS) Winner 1 of 1 James Starkey of Horn Lake, Mississippi, United States Order ID: 94 Signed, Limited Chapbook THE MAN WITH KNIVES by Ellen Kushner (KUSHNER-KNIVES) Winner 1 of 1 Xavier Van Aubel of Uccle, Brussels, Belgium Order ID: 119 Signed copy of Jeffrey Ford’s first novel VANITAS (FORD-VANITAS) Winner 1 of 1 WILLIAM LINDBLAD of Plano, Texas, United States Order ID: 206 Tuckerization by Kit Reed (REED-TUCKER) Winner 1 of 1 Marc Jacobs of Redwood City, California, United States Order ID: 80 Two books by John Crowley (CROWLEY-BOOKS) Winner 1 of 1 WILLIAM LINDBLAD of Plano, Texas, United States Order ID: 206 Rare Signed Gregory Frost CRIMSON SPEAR THE BLOOD OF CU CHULAINN (FROST-CRIMSON) Winner 1 of 1 Alison Campbell-Wise of Downingtown, Pennsylvania, United States Order ID: 95 Tuckerization by Brett Alexander Savory (SAVORY-TUCKER) Winner 1 of 1 WILLIAM LINDBLAD of Plano, Texas, United States Order ID: 206 Signed ARC: THE GERMAN by Lee Thomas (THOMAS-GERMAN) Winner 1 of 1 Ron Breznay of Hanover Township, Pennsylvania, United States Order ID: 163 PHANTOM Anthology, Signed by Paul Tremblay (TREMBLAY-PHANTOM) Winner 1 of 1 WILLIAM LINDBLAD of Plano, Texas, United States Order ID: 206 J.K. POTTER’S EMBRACE THE MUTATION, signed by John Crowley (CROWLEY-EMBRACE) Winner 1 of 1 Jim Rockhill of Dowagiac, Michigan, United States Order ID: 169 Signed THE MAGICIANS and Brakebills T-shirt by Lev Grossman (GROSSMAN-MAGICIANS) Winner 1 of 1 WILLIAM LINDBLAD of Plano, Texas, United States Order ID: 206 Signed copy of KALIFORNIA by Marc Laidlaw (KALIFORNIA – LAIDLAW) Winner 1 of 1 Matthew London of New York, New York, United States Order ID: 214 Caitlín R. Kiernan signed copy of THE RED TREE (KIERNAN-REDTREE) Winner 1 of 1 WILLIAM LINDBLAD of Plano, Texas, United States Order ID: 206 Tuckerization by Caitlín R. Kiernan (KIERNAN-TUCKER) Winner 1 of 1 WILLIAM LINDBLAD of Plano, Texas, United States Order ID: 206 Signed, Limited edition of Glen Hirshberg’s AMERICAN MORONS (HIRSHBERG-MORONS) Winner 1 of 1 David Roberts of Los Altos, California, United States Order ID: 199 Signed copy of TOWER OF MIDNIGHT, from the WHEEL OF TIME series (GOLENBOCK-TOWERS) Winner 1 of 1 Jade Walker of Hinsdale, New Hampshire, United States Order ID: 126 Signed copy of THE SNOW QUEEN, by Joan Vinge (VINGE — SNOW QUEEN) Winner 1 of 1 Gavin Grant of Brighton, Massachusetts, United States Order ID: 150 Signed 6 CD Audio Book THE LITTLE SLEEP by Paul Tremblay (TREMBLAY-SLEEP) Winner 1 of 1 Troy Knutson of Collierville, Tennessee, United States Order ID: 216 Galleys of THE WORLD AND ALICE by L. Timmel Duchamp (DUCHAMP-GALLEYS) Winner 1 of 1 WILLIAM LINDBLAD of Plano, Texas, United States Order ID: 206 Review of John Banville’s THE SEA by John Crowley (CROWLEY-SEA) Winner 1 of 1 Adam Palermo of Boston, Massachusetts, United States Order ID: 155 Signed copy of NOISE by Darin Bradley (BRADLEY-NOISE) Winner 1 of 1 Troy Knutson of Collierville, Tennessee, United States Order ID: 216 Signed MAFIA by Thomas F. Monteleone (MONTELEONE-MAFIA) Winner 1 of 1 WILLIAM LINDBLAD of Plano, Texas, United States Order ID: 206 Dave Roman B&W Illustration from ASTRONAUT ACADEMY plus ARC (GAGLIANO-ASTRONAUT) Winner 1 of 1 Eugene Myers of New York, New York, United States Order ID: 212


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October 15, 2010

As Ellen mentioned on her blog, we’ve been getting a lot of last-minute donations, so Sunday the 17th will be the last day to donate.  The raffle itself will be open until the 25th.  Thank you!


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October 11, 2010

The KGB Fantastic Fiction Raffle has begun!  The raffle will run from October 11th through October 25th, 2010.  Details and rules are available here. A full list of prizes are available here. Good luck everyone!


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August 27, 2008

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

Good Nighbors Holly Black is a bestselling author of contemporary fantasy novels. Her books include the Modern Faerie Tale series, The Spiderwick Chronicles,and her graphic novel series,The Good Neighbors.
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Cycler

Lauren McLaughlin, whose short stories have appeared in Salon.com, Interzone, Year’s Best SF, and Sybil’s Garage. Her first novel, Cycler, was just published and will be followed by a sequel in the fall of 2009. A film adaptation of Cycler is currently in the works.

* Mobile Libris will be there selling books Wednesday September 17th, 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.


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August 7, 2008

To all raffle winners: if you have not heard from the donor about your prize, please contact us at INFO at KGB FANTASTIC FICTION dot ORG.


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