Swanwick and Khanna at NYRSF Readings on Sept. 8

The New York Review of Science Fiction Readings begins its 25th season on September 8 with presentations by Rajan Khanna and Michael Swanwick.

Rajan Khanna’s first novel, Falling Sky, a post-apocalyptic adventure with airships, was released in October 2014. A sequel, Rising Tide, is due out in October 2015. His short fiction has appeared in Lightspeed Magazine, Beneath Ceaseless Skies, and several anthologies. His articles and reviews have appeared at Tor.com and LitReactor.com, and his podcast narrations can be heard at Podcastle, Escape Pod, PseudoPod, Beneath Ceaseless Skies, and Lightspeed Magazine.

Michael Swanwick has received the Hugo, Nebula, Theodore Sturgeon, and World Fantasy Awards for his work Stations of the Tide, which was also honored with the Nebula Award and was also nominated for the Hugo and Arthur C. Clarke Awards. “The Edge of the World,” was awarded the Theodore Sturgeon Memorial Award in 1989, and nominated for both the Hugo and World Fantasy Awards. “Radio Waves” received the World Fantasy Award in 1996. “The Very Pulse of the Machine” received the Hugo Award in 1999, as did “Scherzo with Tyrannosaur” in 2000. His latest novel, Chasing the Phoenix, is just out from Tor Books.

The NYRSF Readings are held at the Brooklyn The Commons Café, 388 Atlantic Avenue (directions & links below).

The events can be viewed on Livestream, and remain archived for a period of time. (Go to Livestream.com and search for NYRSF.)

Admission is free but with a suggested donation $7.

The full press release follows the jump. 

NYRSF READINGS

presents

Rajan Khanna

Michael Swanwick

  • Tuesday, Sept. 8th — doors open 6:30 p.m.
  • $7 suggested donation
  • The Commons Cafe | 388 Atlantic Avenue
  • (directions & links below)

This is another landmark season for the NYRSF Readings series, and with it we bring some remarkable changes. Not in the quality of our readers — we daresay that’s too high a bar to set — but in our venue and our media.

To begin with, we are now settled in at our fabulous new venue, the Brooklyn Commons Cafe. The Commons holds many more people than we could before, and serves serves gourmet coffees, teas, beers both draft and bottled and good natural wine by the glass, as well as six sandwiches (portabello, mozzarella, smoked salmon, smoked whitefish, fava bean puree with olive tapenade, salami) and a couple salads (avocado, mixed greens). Plus empanadas, nuts, pastries…  So the traditional event of going out with the writers after the reading will be on-site!

And if you caught our three readings in April and early May, you will know that we are now streaming these events live via Livestream, where they will remain archived for a period of time. (Right now you can still catch those events by going to Livestream.com and searching for NYRSF.) This is largely made possible by the facilities at the Commons, including three robotic cameras and wireless mics — and the professional skills of Terence Taylor, sf/f writer and video producer. The result: Nothing less than a fully professional webcast. (Note: This doesn’t let you off the hook from attending live if you’re within 100 miles of the event, of course…)

Add to that the fact that we are beginning our 25th Season! We have great wonders for you this year — but with this expansion come an expansion of our costs. Our price remains the same — FREE! — and our suggested donation policy of $7 remains. But we need to work much harder to hustle donations, both on-site and off. So this December, look our for our first Kickstarter campaign and think good thoughts about donating (and perhaps snagging a holiday gift for a loved one. This will not only shore up the losses we take most every event, but will allow us to pay our rent, provide a (nice) stipend to the talent and staff, and perhaps even to fly a special guest now and then. Details forthcoming.

And what better way to start the season with two wonderful writers — one established and the other a new talent with his second novel.

Rajan Khanna is an author, blogger, reviewer and narrator. His first novel, Falling Sky, a post-apocalyptic adventure with airships, was released in October 2014.  A sequel, Rising Tide, is due out in October 2015.  His short fiction has appeared in Lightspeed Magazine, Beneath Ceaseless Skies, and several anthologies.  His articles and reviews have appeared at Tor.com and LitReactor.com, and his podcast narrations can be heard at Podcastle, Escape Pod, PseudoPod, Beneath Ceaseless Skies, and Lightspeed Magazine.  Rajan lives in New York where he’s a member of the Altered Fluid writing group. His personal website is http://rajankhanna.com and he tweets as @rajanyk.

Michael Swanwick has received the Hugo, Nebula, Theodore Sturgeon, and World Fantasy Awards for his work Stations of the Tide, which was also honored with the Nebula Award and was also nominated for the Hugo and Arthur C. Clarke Awards. “The Edge of the World,” was awarded the Theodore Sturgeon Memorial Award in 1989, and nominated for both the Hugo and World Fantasy Awards. “Radio Waves” received the World Fantasy Award in 1996. “The Very Pulse of the Machine” received the Hugo Award in 1999, as did “Scherzo with Tyrannosaur” in 2000. His stories have appeared in Omni, Penthouse, Amazing, Asimov’s, High Times, New Dimensions, Starlight, Universe, Full Spectrum, Triquarterly and elsewhere. Many have been reprinted in Best of the Year anthologies, and translated for Japanese, Dutch, German, Italian, Portuguese, Spanish, Swedish, French and Croatian publications.

His latest novel, Chasing the Phoenix, is just out from Tor Books, and continues the adventures of Darger & Surplus as they continue evr-East — this time passing through China. Other books include In the Drift, an Ace Special; Vacuum Flowers; Griffin’s Egg; Stations of the Tide; The Iron Dragon’s Daughter, a New York Times Notable Book, The Dragons of Babel, and Jack Faust; his short fiction has been collected in Gravity’s Angels, A Geography of Unknown Lands, Moon Dogs, Tales of Old Earth, and a collection of short-shorts, Cigar-Box Faust and Other Miniatures.

He lives in Philadelphia with his wife, Marianne Porter, and their son, Sean.

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.

WHEN:

Tuesday, September 8th

Doors open at 6:30 — event begins at 7

WHERE:

The Brooklyn Commons

388 Atlantic Avenue (between Hoyt & Bond St.)

https://www.google.com/maps/place/388+Atlantic+Ave,+Brooklyn,+NY+11217

 

HOW:

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 with the link above.

LINKS:

http://hourwolf.com/nyrsf

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COMING UP:

October 6th:  Brooke Bolander & Matthew Kressel

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