photo by Barbara Krasnoff27th Season
A Tribute to
Thomas M. Disch

Guest Curator, Henry Wessells
Brendan C. Byrne
John Clute
Gregory Feeley
Elizabeth Hand
plus live performances of Disch's work
as well as clips presented by filmmaker Eric Solstein


Tuesday, June 5th doors open 6:30 p.m.
$7 suggested donation
The Brooklyn Commons
(address, map, and links below)

Tom Disch was among the first to ever read for the NYRSF Reading series, and a subsequent reading for us some 10 years ago was the last public appearance he made.  His prose and poetry ranged from wildly satirical stories to dark cautionary tales to YA adventure to amazing verse.  He was even a pioneer in interactive computer fiction.  Henry Wessells has gathered critics, peers, a filmmaker, and Disch's literary executor to remind (or inform) us of Tom's legacy.

Photo credit : Nicole NeenanHenry Wessells is a writer and antiquarian bookseller in New York City.  He is author of Another green world (short stories); The Private Life of Books (poems); and A Conversation larger than the Universe, Readings in Science Fiction and the Fantastic 1762-2017, published by the Grolier Club earlier this year.  His website is The Endless Bookshelf.


Brendan C. Byrne's criticism has appeared in Rhizome, the Baffler, and the Intercept, among other organs.  His fiction has appeared in Imperica, Big Echo, Terraform, Dark Mountain, Flapperhouse, and Flurb.

John Clute: Photo by Ellen DatlowJohn Clute. Reviewer, critic, encyclopedia writer, author, variously. Appleseed (2001) is an sf novel.  The first version of The Encyclopedia of Science Fiction was published in 1979 and exists in an online version.  Other non-fiction includes The Darkening Garden: A Short Lexicon of Horror (2006) and Pardon This Intrusion: Fantastika in the World Storm (2011). His friendship with Disch began in 1961 and continued until Tom's death.

Photo credit: Cadence FeeleyGregory Feeley writes science fiction and about science fiction.  His first novel, The Oxygen Barons, was nominated for the Philip K. Dick Award, and his short fiction has been frequently anthologized, most recently in The Year’s Best Science Fiction & Fantasy 2017.  He recently completed a new novel, and is preparing an edition of Thomas M. Disch’s best short fiction.

Liz HandElizabeth Hand is the multiple-award-winning author of fourteen novels and four collections of short fiction.  Her reviews, essays, and articles have appeared in numerous places, including the Washington Post, Los Angeles Times, Boston Review, Village Voice, Salon, Real Simple, and The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction.  Her forthcoming novel Curious Toys, inspired by the work of outsider artist Henry Darger and the unsolved 1915 murder of five-year-old Elsie Paroubek, will be out next year.

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.

When attending our events, please use only common scents. Preferably NO perfumes or colognes!  We like the smell of people, and we have at least one staff member who is truly allergic and was bedridden for the better part of three weeks from an event. Thank you for understanding.

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 1:00-3:00 AM.  Programs are available by stream for two months after broadcast.  (Check, 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 available for download at iTunes and, and  In addition, Jim is Podcast Host and Post-Production Editor for the two-time 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

Tuesday, June 5th
Doors open at 6:30
event begins at 7

The Brooklyn Commons Cafe
388 Atlantic Avenue  (between Hoyt & Bond St.),+Brooklyn,+NY+11217

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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