Thursday, January 03, 2008

New York Review of Science Fiction Reading:
Judith Berman and Michael Swanwick

New York area sf fans are in for a serious treat - Judith Berman is one of the finest up and coming talents in the field, and Michael Swanwick is, well, if you've ever read this blog you know just how wonderful Michael is. Either way, go check this out.

The New York Review of Science Fiction Readings
and The South Street Seaport Museum present

Judith Berman
Michael Swanwick

Tuesday, January 8th -- Doors open 6:30 PM
Free Admission -- $5 donation if possible
South Street Seaport Museum's Melville Gallery
213 Water Street
(directions and links below)

Judith Berman's first novel from Ace, Bear Daughter, a finalist for the 2006 Crawford Award, has been praised as "utterly absorbing, unforgettable" (Booklist, Starred Review). Her short fiction has appeared in Asimov's, Interzone, Realms of Fantasy, and Black Gate, garnering both critical acclaim and a place on numerous award and best-of short lists. Writing in Asimov's, Paul di Filippo praised Lord Stink and Other Stories, her 2002 chapbook from Small Beer Press, as "evoking the best of Ursula Le Guin." Her often-cited essay on current trends in the field, "Science Fiction Without the Future," received the Science Fiction Research Association's Pioneer Award in 2001.

Michael Swanwick is one of the most acclaimed science fiction and fantasy writers of his generation. He has received Hugo Awards for short fiction an unprecedented five times in six years. His novel Stations of the Tide was honored with the Nebula Award and was also nominated for the Hugo and Arthur C. Clarke Awards. "The Edge of the World" received the Theodore Sturgeon Memorial Award and was nominated for both the Hugo and World Fantasy Awards. "Radio Waves" received the World Fantasy Award. His stories are frequently reprinted in Best of the Year anthologies and have been translated and published throughout the world. He is the author of Griffin's Egg, In the Drift, Stations of the Tide, and Vacuum Flowers. His latest novel is The Dragons of Babel, the highly anticipated sequel to The Iron Dragon's Daughter.

The New York Review of Science Fiction Reading Series is in its umpteenth season (we'll specify after Gordon Van Gelder tells us when it all began) of providing performances from some of the best writers in science fiction, fantasy, speculative fiction, etc. The series takes place the first Tuesday of every month at the South Street Seaport's Melville Gallery, 213 Water Street. Admission is free, but $5 donations are encouraged to offset costs and buy dinner for the readers. The producer and executive curator is radio producer and talk show host Jim Freund.

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