We sent Comma Press author Adam Marek to spend the night in a sleep lab to inspire him in his commission to write a short story based on sleep science. Adam has blogged about it over on his website.
As well as being a great example of how we bring academics and fiction writers together on exciting collaborations, it’s a typically hilarious Marekian tale of the domestic and the surreal!
Spindles: Short stories from the science of sleep is a brilliant collection exploring what sleep is, what it means to us, what it does to us, and how it can mis-function in catastrophic ways. Adam’s futuristic story involves a scientist called upon to run sleep tests on apes before they are sent in to space in the course of investigating a possible human colony far, far away.
Other highlights include stories from MJ Hyland (violent dreams), Deborah Levy (narcolepsy) and Adam Roberts (the eradication of sleep)- all met with skillful Afterwords by some of the globe’s leading sleep scientists.