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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April 27, 2016
Scott Lynch & Elizabeth Bear

Scott Lynch & Elizabeth Bear

Elizabeth Bear and Scott Lynch read from their new works. Ellen’s photos of the night can be found here.


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March 25, 2016

In red, Rio Youers and behind him, David Nickle

In burgundy tee, Rio Youers and behind him in jacket, David Nickle

Rio Youers read from Point Hollow and forthcoming work, and David Nickle read “Knife Fight.” Mercurio D. Rivera subbed for Ellen. Matt’s photos of the night can be found here.


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February 25, 2016

Gemma Files and Carola Dibbell

Gemma Files and Carola Dibbell

On Wednesday, Gemma Files and Carola Dibbell read from recent novels and blew the house away. Subbing for Matt was Mercurio D. Rivera. Ellen’s Photos of the night can be found here.


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January 22, 2016

Ilana C. Myer and Delia Sherman

Ilana C. Myer and Delia Sherman

On Wednesday we heard Ilana C. Myer read from Firedance, the sequel to Last Song Before Night, and Delia Sherman read part of her novella called “The Great Detective.” At the opening of the night, Ellen Datlow dedicated the readings to David Hartwell z”l, who has since passed away. Ellen’s photos of the night can be found here.  


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January 1, 2016

Sarah McCarry & C.S.E. Cooney

Sarah McCarry & C.S.E. Cooney

On Wednesday Sarah McCarry & C.S.E. Cooney read wonderfully. Ellen’s photos of the night can be found here.


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December 4, 2015

Robert Levy & Kathe Koja

Robert Levy & Kathe Koja

Another great night with authors Kathe Koja and Robert Levy, who both read performed brilliantly. Ellen’s photos of the evening can be found here.


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October 27, 2015

Nathan Ballingrud & Fran Wilde

Nathan Ballingrud & Fran Wilde

To a house packed with faces familiar and strange, guests Nathan Ballingrud and Fran Wilde enchanted and amazed, while the sirens outside and the band upstairs did their Manhattan best to distract us. Fran read excerpt from her novel Updraft, and Nathan read pieces from his story story “The Atlas of Hell.” Ellen’s photos of the evening can be found here.


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September 22, 2015

Tom Monteleone & Lawrence C. Connolly

Tom Monteleone & Lawrence C. Connolly

On Wednesday, we got to hear two talented authors perform their works for the audience. And perform is the opportune word. Lawrence Connolly led off with “Beneath, Between,” a story about a man who discovers a book that shouldn’t exist and goes on a quest to determine its origin. And he performed the entire piece from memory with no notes. Tom Monteleone read “Horn a Plenty,” about a Jazz pianist and a cursed trumpet. Ellen’s photos of the evening can be found here.


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August 27, 2015

A.C. Wise & N.K. Jemisin

A.C. Wise & N.K. Jemisin

On August 19th, we were gifted with two talented authors, A.C. Wise and N.K. Jemisin. Matt was on vacation so the magnificent Mercurio D. Rivera subbed for him. Ellen’s photos of the night can be viewed here.


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July 17, 2015

Jeffrey Ford & David Edison

Jeffrey Ford & David Edison

On Wednesday, what a treat. We first heard from David Edison, who read from his forthcoming novel The Noonday Plague. And then Jeff Ford read “The Thousand Eyes.” The house was packed, overflowing into the hall, with familiar and new faces alike. Overall, a fantastic night. Ellen’s photos can be seen here.


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