Sometimes, when I want to feel less horrific, I don my mysterious cape, style my Chewbacca-esque bouffant into something erudite, and head down to the best science fiction and fantasy reading series this side of Hogwarts. It’s called the New York Review of Science Fiction Readings (NYRSFR), and it takes place on the first Tuesday of the month at the Brooklyn Commons performance space, just down the road from the Barclays Center.
Affiliated with Lightspeed Magazine, this series has been facilitated for many years by the indefatigable producer and host of WBAI’s Hour of the Wolf, Jim Freund. This month’s reading featured the fantastic writers Roz Keveney and Robert Levy.
Levy’s chilling story about a mysterious telescope with the ability to blend two souls together had me absolutely riveted. A scary black goo and the reappearance of an old lover made his tale all the more captivating. Levy is a Shirley Jackson Award winner and a recent Lambda Literary Award finalist for his buzz-worthy book, The Glittering World. His work has also appeared in the Lovecraftian horror anthology, Autumn Cthulu.
Kaveney did, in fact, win a Lambda Award this week in the category of Transgender Fiction for her book Tiny Pieces of Skull, Or A Lesson in Manners. She read two perfectly charming, witty excerpts from her published work, and even shared a darkly funny, narrative poem. The moral of Kaveney’s poem, which included a kind of truism about classism, had the audience chuckling with appreciation. Buy her award winning book on Amazon.
Read a full list of this year’s Lambda Award winners over at Slate.
Do yourself a favor, mortals, and pop on over to the NY Review of Science Fiction series at Brooklyn Commons. Next reading will be July 12, an irregular date to accommodate the Independence Day weekend. Suggested donations welcomed.