The New York Review of Science Fiction Readings
Our Silver Anniversary 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. 

Before folks think "Brooklyn??" we'll point out this is as easy a venue to get to than any we've ever had.  More trains come here than to Times Square, and even the LIRR.  Check the interactive map below.

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

October 6th
Brooke Bolander
Matthew Kressel
Guest Curator: Amy Goldschlager
details here
 November 10th
John Joseph Adams
presents readers from
The Best American Science Fiction and Fantasy 2015
Seanan McGuire
Carmen Maria Machado

details here

Recent Streams:
"Sam Enchanted Evening"
Samuel R. Delany
Sam J. Miller

Watch it here

An evening with
Robert Shearman
Ellen Datlow & Jim Freund, co-hosts

Watch it here

N. K. Jemisin
Sheree Renée Thomas

Watch it here


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

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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