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Fantastic Fiction at KGB is a monthly reading series held on the third Wednesday of every month at the KGB Bar, 85 East Fourth Street in New York City.

Series co-founders Alice K. Turner & Terry Bisson
Series co-founders Alice K. Turner & Terry Bisson

The series was founded in the late 1990s by author Terry Bisson and editor Alice K. Turner. Currently hosted by Ellen Datlow, multi-award winning editor of more than fifty science fiction, fantasy, and horror anthologies and Matt Kressel, World Fantasy Award-nominated editor of Sybil’s Garage and author of more than twenty short stories, the series serves as a speculative fiction salon, featuring both luminaries and up-and-coming writers specializing in Science Fiction, Fantasy, Horror and more.

Current hosts Matthew Kressel & Ellen Datlow
Current hosts Matthew Kressel & Ellen Datlow

Admission to the readings is free. Readers are given a modest honorarium, plus free drinks and dinner at a local restaurant afterward. And our hard-working bartenders are given a small gratuity at the end of the readings. In the past, generous donations from Cemetery Dance Publications and raffle fundraisers have helped keep the series going. Now, your support can ensure that Fantastic Fiction at KGB continues to allow writers, editors, literary agents, and fans to meet and mingle each month in a friendly and casual atmosphere.

Our goal is to raise $3,000, enough to pay the reading series’ expenses for the next two years.

We’ve assembled a wonderful collection of rewards, generously donated by our friends in the spec-fic family. They include Tuckerizations and book grab bags, original illustrations, fiction critiques and more. Backer’s names will be prominently displayed on the KGB website, where you can also find the schedule of upcoming readers:www.kgbfantasticfiction.org.

The KGB crowd
The KGB crowd

The Fantastic Fiction series at KGB represents a place of fellowship and community, where fans of speculative fiction can share their love of the genre. With your help, we can keep this important tradition going strong.

Fans of the reading series
Fans of the reading series

We thank you for your help, and invite you to join us, every third Wednesday, on Manhattan’s East 4th street.

Risks and challenges

As Ellen and Matt described in the November 2012 issue of Locus, running Fantastic Fiction is not without its difficulties. But they have been running a successful, well-attended series for many years, and they hope to continue doing so in the future with help from the community.

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    From Fantastic Fiction Series host and publisher Matthew Kressel, an ebook edition of the World Fantasy Award-winning anthology PAPER CITIES: An Anthology of Urban Fantasy, edited by Ekaterina Sedia and featuring stories by Cat Rambo, Jay Lake, Catherynne M. Valente and others. Publisher's Weekly called PAPER CITIES "(an) ambitious and entertaining anthology."

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    From John Klima, publisher of many former Fantastic Fiction readers: 1 Electric Velocipede mouse pad, 1 copy each of Electric Velocipede 15/16,17/18, 19, and 20 print issues
    1 copy each of Electric Velocipede 15/16, 17/18, 19, 20, 21/22, 23, 24, 25, and 26 electronic copies, and 1 Electric Velocipede t-shirt"

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    Donated by Tachyon Books, the ebook of former Fantastic Fiction reader Carol Emshwiller's collection, I LIVE WITH YOU,described as "Lyrical and resonant" by Publishers' Weekly. Carol is the author of CARMEN DOG and THE MOUNT. Donated by Tachyon Publications.

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    Tachyon Books is offering the e-book of HAUNTINGS, the big reprint anthology of ghost stories & other hauntings edited by Fantastic Ficton host Ellen Datlow. With stories by Peter Straub, Joyce Carol Oates, David Morrell, Neil Gaiman, & others

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    From Tor Books, the e-book of QUEEN VICTORIA'S BOOK OF SPELLS, edited by Fantastic Fiction host Ellen Datlow & Terri Windling.

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    From Fantastic Fiction reading series host Ellen Datlow, one-of-a-kind 11” x17” full color poster of the cover of QUEEN VICTORIA'S BOOK OF SPELLS edited by Ellen Datlow and Terri Windling created for display at Book Expo. On heavy paper. Suitable for display (with four Velcro squares on the back corners).

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    From PS Publishing, publisher of many writers who have read at KGB, the ebook of Lavie Tidhar's OSAMA, the World Fantasy Award-winning novel.

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    From Fantastic Fiction reading host Ellen Datlow, a one-of-a-kind 11” x17” full color poster of the cover of HAUNTINGS,edited by Ellen Datlow created for display at Book Expo. On heavy paper. Suitable for display (with four Velcro squares on the back corners)

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    From PS Publishing, publisher of many writers who have read at the Fantastic Fiction reading, an ebook of WAKE UP AND DREAM by Ian R. MacLeod, a dazzling sf/fantasy novel about 1940s Hollywood.

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    From PS Publishing, publisher of many writers who have read at the Fantastic Fiction reading, an ebook of BLACK WINGS II, New Tales of Lovecraftian Horror, edited by S.T. Joshi

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    Your name will be listed on our website as one of our sponsors. From the publisher of many readers at Fantastic Fiction, Solaris Books e-books of: "THE FICTIONAL MAN - by Al Ewing;
    BESIEGED, EXILE, & SANCTUARY (The Outcast Chronicles by Rowena Cory Daniells; THE GOOD, THE BAD, AND THE INFERNAL by Guy Adams; AGE OF VOODOO by James Lovegrove; THE NOISE WITHIN by Ian Whates

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    Your name will be listed on our website as one of our sponsors. From publisher, editor and Fantastic Fiction host Matthew Kressel, the complete ebook series -- all seven issues -- of SYBIL'S GARAGE, the 'zine that "delved unabashedly into those strange, surreal, and aberrant places that fall between the cracks of standard genre fiction." Fiction from Richard Bowes, Genevieve Valentine, Hal Duncan, M.K. Hobson and many more.

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    From artist & illustrator and long time KGB reading supporter Lissanne Lake, three photo prints. Each approx 81/2" x 11" size, signed by the artist. "Trouble in the Ruins" and "Merlin" have been used on covers and other places. "Reanimator" is a commission piece.

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    Your name will be listed on our website as one of our sponsors. From Fantastic Fiction supporter Paul Fry of SST Publications, a one year print subscriptions to his new horror fiction & dark art magazine, BEWARE THE DARK. There will be three issues per year and the first issue will be published this Aug/Sept. Regular columns by Ray Garton, Nancy Kilpatrick, Robert Morrish & Ty Schwamberger.

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    Your name will be listed on our website as one of our sponsors. From Fantastic Fiction supporter Lori Datlow, a matted photo from her set of "Creepy Dolls" (1 of 4) Image:

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    Your name will be listed on our website as one of our sponsors. From former Reading Series reader Catherynne M. Valente, MYTHS OF ORIGIN: Four Short Novels (Wyrm Books, 2011) Trade paperback contains Catherynne M. Valente's early books, THE LABYRINTH, THE BOOK OF DREAMS, THE GRASS-CUTTING SWORD, and UNDER THE MERE, inscribed to the backer.

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    Your name will be listed on our website as one of our sponsors. From former Fantastic Fiction reader Catherynne M. Valente, PALIMPSET, Spectra, trade paperback, and DEATHLESS, hardcover, inscribed by the author to the backer.

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    Your name will be listed on our website as one of our sponsors. From former Fantastic Fiction reader Catherynne M. Valente, THE GIRL WHO CIRCUMNAVIGATED FAIRYLAND IN A SHIP OF HER OWN MAKING, THE GIRL WHO FELL BENEATH FAIRYLAND AND LED THE REVELS THERE, THE GIRL WHO SOARED OVER FAIRYLAND AND CUT THE MOON IN TWO. Hardcovers, inscribed by the author to the backer. PLEASE NOTE: the third volume of the series will be published in October, 2013, backer will receive their prize then.

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    Your name will be listed on our website as one of our sponsors. From former Fantastic Fiction reader Catherynne M. Valente, SILENTLY AND VERY FAST, hardcover, inscribed by the author to the backer.

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    Your name will be listed on our website as one of our sponsors. From Fantastic Fiction supporter Rob Killheffer, former editor of Century Magazine: CENTURY #5 signed by: Robert Killheffer (editor), F. Brett Cox, Ben Miller, J. R. Dunn, Dave Hoing, Karen Jordan Allen, Greer Gilman and CENTURY #6 signed by Robert Killheffer (editor), Michael Bishop, Stewart O’Nan, Robert Reed, Ian R. MacLeod, and Michael Kandel, Kathe Koja, Carter Scholz, Terri Windling

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    For Doctor Who fans. The Sonic Screwdriver Projector with 15 different Doctor Who character images that can be projected onto a wall. Donated by Terence Taylor, former reader at KGB, former children's tv writer and author of Bite Marks and Blood Pressure.

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    Donated by Fantastic Fiction series reader Ellen Kushner, a rare cover flat of Tom Canty’s art for Ellen Kushner’s chapbook, "The Man with the Knives" published by Temporary Culture in 2010

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    From former Fantastic Fiction reader Alaya Dawn Johnson, a signed copy of her first young adult novel, THE SUMMER PRINCE, "A heart-stopping story of love, death, technology, and art set amid the tropics of a futuristic Brazil."

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    From former Fantastic Fiction reader Ben Loory, a signed copy of his recent trade paperback collection STORIES FOR THE NIGHTTIME AND SOME FOR THE DAY (Penguin), "wry and witty, dark and perilous contemporary fables...populated by people--and monsters and trees and jocular octopi--who are motivated by the same fears and desires that isolate and unite us all."

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    Donated by the author and Tor Books: Tina Connolly's Nebula-nominated novel, IRONSKIN, hardcover, PLUS the arc of the sequel, COPPERHEAD--both signed by the author. Here's your chance to own a signed copy of the novel RT Times calls, "“A lyrical, beautifully crafted debut."

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    Donated by the editor, and including several former readers for the KGB series: THE MAD SCIENTIST'S GUIDE TO WORLD DOMINATION, edited by J. J. Adams, signed by the editor. "A no-holds-barred collection. ... Brilliant ... insightful ... demonstrate[s] the seductive power of the 'bad guy.' [...]" -- Library Journal

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    From former Fantastic Fiction reader Elizabeth Bear, a signed copy of an advanced review copy of STELES OF THE SKY, the thrilling conclusion to her epic fantasy Eternal Sky series.

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    Your name will be listed on our website as one of our sponsors. Former Fantastic Fiction reader Paul Witcover is donating one copy of his novel THE EMPEROR OF ALL THINGS –trade paperback inscribed to the backer. SFF World says: "An excitingly and brilliantly realised, poetically written tale of magic, subterfuge and intrigue. Not to mention clocks."

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    Donated by Fantastic Fiction reading series host Ellen Datlow, BLOOD AND OTHER CRAVINGS (Tor Books), advance reading copy (arc) & trade paperback copy, both signed by editor Ellen Datlow to donor.

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    From former Fantastic Fiction reader E.C. Myers, a signed copy of his novel FAIR COIN, winner of the 2012 Andre Norton Award for Young Adult Science Fiction and Fantasy.

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    From Small Beer Press, three paperbacks from Peter Dickinson, DEATH OF A UNICORN, EART AND AIR, and THE POISON ORACLE. Small Beer Press is owned and run by Gavin Grant, former host of the Fantastic Fiction series and former Fantastic FIction reader Kelly link,

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    Your name will be listed on our website as one of our sponsors. From former Fantastic Fiction reader Catherynne M. Valente, THE ORPHAN'S TALES: IN THE NIGHT GARDEN and THE ORPHAN'S TALES, CITY OF COIN AND SPICE trade paperback, inscribed to the backer.

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    Your name will be listed on our website as one of our sponsors. From Fantastic Fiction reader Catherynne M. Valente, THE SIX-GUN SNOW WHITE, Hardcover, inscribed by the author to the backer.

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    From publisher Scott H. Andrews, publisher of many former Fantastic Fiction reading authors, a one year (26-issue) ebook subscription to BENEATH CEASELESS SKIES, the online fantasy magazine dedicated to publishing the very best in literary adventure fantasy. E-subscribers receive the magazine before anyone else. Enjoy stories by authors such as Aliette de Bodard, Saladin Ahmed, Steve Rasnic Tem, and Genevieve Valentine.

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