The New York Review of Science Fiction Readings
29th Season
Upcoming Readings

Our events are held at the Brooklyn Commons Cafe at 388 Atlantic Avenue. 

We usually hold our sessions the first Tuesday of each month, with a few special events tossed in for good measure.  But things do change (especially in the holiday season) so be sure to check back often.

29th Season
Monday, October 14th
Michael J. DeLuca
presents readers from
Emily Houk
Yukyan Lam
Krista Hoeppner Leahy
Marissa Lingen
Emery Robin
Brian Francis Slattery

click here for full details

November 5th
Gay Partington Terry
Robert V.S. Redick

click here for full details

December 3rd
an evening of
Across the Universe
(A Beatles spec-fic anthology launch party)
Randee Dawn
and TBA
January 7th
Hildy Silverman
A.C. Wise

February 4th
Elizabeth Crowens
and TBA


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
$7 suggested donation
(No one turned away for lack of funds)

All events are subject to unannounced changes
Watch the Archives!
(real soon now...)
We hope to resume streaming our events and to restore the archives of past events that were (rudely) taken down by the service provider.  Keep watching the Cloud...

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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