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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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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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.


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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.


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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.


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March 20, 2015

Lisa Mannetti & Caitlín R. Kiernan

Lisa Mannetti & Caitlín R. Kiernan

Wednesday we were visited by two wonderful writers, Caitlín R. Kiernan and Lisa Mannetti, inside the packed KGB bar. Both read from forthcoming works. Ellen Datlow was away, so Mercurio D. Rivera subbed for her. Matt’s photos of the evening can be viewed here.


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February 25, 2015

Ben Loory & Mike Allen

Ben Loory & Mike Allen

On Wednesday we were joined by authors Ben Loory & Mike Allen. Matt was away on vacation, so Mercurio David Rivera subbed for him. Ellen’s photos of the evening can be found here.  


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