The New York Review of Science Fiction Readings
Our 26th Season
Upcoming Readings

Our events are usually held at the Brooklyn Commons Cafe at 388 Atlantic Avenue, where we'll also have our our after-reading hangs. 

We generally hold our sessions the first Tuesday of each month, with a few special events tossed in for good measure.  The first half of this season is particularly erratic.  Be sure to check here often as Things Can Happen. Also, be sure to join our mailing list and Facebook group.

June 6th
Sam J. Miller
Lara Elena Donnelly
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July 6th
Paul Witcover
Racheline Maltese
August 1st
C. S. E. Cooney
Carlos Hernandez
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Unless otherwise noted, events occur at
The Brooklyn Commons Cafe
388 Atlantic Avenue
Hoyt-Schermerhorn subway stop (A,C,G); Nevins St. (2,3,4,5); and the Barclay Center (B,D,N,R,Q,2,3,4,5, and LIRR).

Doors open at 6:30 PM
Program begins at 7:00
Admission Free
$7 donation suggested
All readings are subject to unannounced changes
Watch Recent Readings
What began as an experiment in streaming our events has transformed the series into what is becoming a professional broadcast.  Judge for yourself and watch some of our recent events.
Sept 27th
N.K. Jemisin
Kai Ashante Wilson

Watch it here
Nov 1st
The First Margot Adler Memorial Reading
  Terence Taylor, guest curator
Sabrina Vourvoulias
Terence Taylor

Watch it
Nov 15th
Kij Johnson
Sonya Taaffe

Watch it here

Dec 12th
Ellen Kushner
Delia Sherman
(yes, that's a Monday)

Watch it here
Jan 10th
New American Voices in SF&F

Rob Cameron, guest curator

S. A. Chakraborty
P. Djèlí Clark

Haris Durrani

Watch it here

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The readings are usually held on the first Tuesday of every month. 

The New York Review of Science Fiction Readings (NYRSFr) have showcased some of the most prominent as well as upcoming authors in the genre.  Our commitment is to provide a venue open to all works of speculative fiction, whether they be works of fantasy, magical realism, horror, or science fiction.  The range of writers who have participated in the series speaks not only of its diversity, but its quality as well.  Saladin Ahmed, Paolo Bacigalupi, Richard Bowes,  Susanna Clarke, Samuel R. Delany, Neil Gaiman, Ellen Kushner, Ken Liu, N. K. Jemisin, Ursula K. Le Guin, Jonathan Lethem, Patricia A. McKillip, Michael Moorcock, Walter Mosley, Naomi Novik, Geoff Ryman, Delia Sherman, Peter Straub, Michael Swanwick, and Scott Westerfeld are among the authors who have performed for our audience.  We typically showcase two writers each month.

Most readings are streamed on Livestream -- go to and select Watch, then search for NYRSF.  The events are also taped for broadcast over WBAI, 99.5 FM, on Jim Freund's science fiction radio program, Hour of the Wolf.

The series was created by Gordon Van Gelder around 1989.  Subsequent curators have included Robert K. J. Kilheffer, Claire Wolf Smith, Joe Monti, Carol Cooper, Sheree Thomas, Amy Goldschlager, Paul Witcover, and currently Jim Freund, who has been recording the series from the start.  We also have guest curators who take on the task of creating an event for a single month.  While she was never technically a curator, the sense of fun and community spirit that Jenna Felice brought to the events remains a lasting part of her legacy. In her memory, we serve refreshments and have a freebie table that bears her name.

A great reading every fortnight!  Don't forget the KGB Bar Fantastic Fiction reading series presented by Ellen Datlow and Matthew Kressel.  We're (usually) the first Tuesday and they're the third Wednesday of each month.

Go to
NYRSF Readings Facebook group
Hour of the Wolf Table of Contents
The New York Review of Science Fiction

Brooklyn Commons Cafe events