26th Season
New American Voices in SF&F
Rob Cameron
(guest curator)
S. A. Chakraborty
P. Djčlí Clark
Haris A. Durrani

Tuesday, January 10th doors open 6:30 p.m.
$7 suggested donation
The Brooklyn Commons
(address, map, and links below)

As 2017 begins we may feel that we have stepped into an alternate universe — one forseen all too well by a century's worth of dystopian science fiction and fantasy.  But there are new voices in fantastic literature that are emerging in this needful time, and their very existence alone helps provide hope and diversity.  Rob Cameron, himself a recent debut writer, has put together an evening you'll not want to miss.

P. Djeli ClarkPhenderson Djčlí Clark's short stories have appeared in Daily Science Fiction, Every Day Fiction, Heroic Fantasy Quarterly, Tor.com, Fantasy Magazine's "People of Color Destroy Fantasy" special issue, and several print anthologies including Griots I & II, Steamfunk, Best of Heroic Fantasy Quarterly, Myriad Lands and the forthcoming Hidden Youth. You can read his ramblings on SFF, Politics, history, diversity, and more at his blog pdjeliclark.com where he goes by the moniker The Disgruntled Haradrim. He also spends far too much time as @pdjeliclark on Twitter.


Shan ChakrabortyS. A. Chakraborty is a speculative fiction writer from Queens whose work has appeared in Crossed Genres, Expanded Horizons, The Future Fire, and Kaleidocast. Her debut novel, The City of Brass, will be published this fall with Harper Voyager and is the first book in a historical fantasy trilogy set in the 18th century Middle East. An organizer with the Brooklyn Speculative Fiction Writers' group, she can be found on Twitter at @SChakrabs

Haris A. Durrani is an author, engineer, academic, and lawyer-in-training. His debut book, Technologies of the Self, won the Driftless novella contest.  Durrani is winner of the McSweeney's Student Short Story Contest, and his stories and nonfiction have appeared in AnalogLightspeedThe New InquiryThe New York Review of Science FictionSkin Deep’s "Imagining 2043," Catapult, and Media Diversified.  His work explores personal narratives at the nexus of law, technology, and community in Latino and post-9/11 contexts.  Durrani co-founded "The Muslim Protagonist" literary symposium at Columbia. He is the guest editor of The Fantasist's upcoming Space Opera special issue. Follow him @hdernity and visit him online at engspurdishabic.wordpress.com/

Rob CameronRob Cameron is an elementary school teacher and writer living in Brooklyn. When he’s not writing stories, organizing events for the Brooklyn Speculative Fiction Writers, producing the Kaleidocast, or camera work for the New York Review of Science Fiction Readings, he is rock climbing, dragon boating, or hunting pies in their natural habitat. You can find his work in Mike Allen’s Clockwork Phoenix 5.  You can follow him on Facebook and Twitter, or visit his site at rob-cameron.com/.


The New York Review of Science Fiction Reading Series provides performances from some of the best writers in science fiction, fantasy, speculative fiction, etc.  The series usually takes place the first Tuesday of every month, but maintains flexibility in time and space, so be sure to stay in touch through the mailing list, the Web, and Facebook.

The Cafe has excellent food, a coffee bar, beer and wine.  The Jenna freebie table will offer books and goodies, as will the raffle for any who donate.

Logo by Kris DikemanJim Freund is Producer and Executive Curator of The New York Review of Science Fiction Readings.  He has been involved in producing radio programs of and about literary sf/f since 1967.  His long-running live radio program, “Hour of the Wolf,” broadcasts and streams (most) every Wednesday night/Thursday morning from 1:30-3:00 AM.  Programs are available by stream for two months after broadcast.  (Check hourwolf.com, or join the Hour of the Wolf group on Facebook for details.)  An audiobook collection of 15 hours of his interviews, Chatting Science Fiction, is now available for download at iTunes and Audible.com, as well as a 13-CD set from Amazon.com and Downpour.com.  In addition, Jim is Podcast Host and Post-Production Editor for the twice-consecutive Hugo Award-winning Lightspeed Magazine.

The Brooklyn Commons Cafe at 388 Atlantic Avenue is an open and collaborative movement building space, only minutes away from the Hoyt-Schermerhorn and Atlantic Avenue subway stops in downtown Brooklyn.  The Commons provides resources to the progressive community including affordable office and meeting spaces as well as an event venue that can host anything from parties and benefits to forums, performances, films and workshops. If you are interested in meeting or event space, please contact them at info@thecommonsbrooklyn.org.

Tuesday, Jan. 10th
Doors open at 6:30 -- event begins at 7

The Brooklyn Commons Cafe
388 Atlantic Avenue  (between Hoyt & Bond St.)

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).  Try the interactive map above.


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