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We are now on to Wednesday’s theme for Small Press Week: the future. You can keep up with other small publishers’ updates today by following #SPWFutures on Twitter and Instagram.

These are the wonderful things that we have to look forward to:

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The film 45 Years, adapted from one of David Constantine’s stories, ‘In Another Country’, performed tremendously well over the 2015/16 awards season, and we are looking forward to seeing more of our publications reach new and far-away audiences, and being re-imagined for the cinema screen.

Comma Press has two further stories in development stages of film adaptation: the first being Triple Word Score by Frank Cottrell-Boyce, who is also writing the script for the film, starring Bill Nighy. Our soon to be third adaptation will be Possum, a story commissioned for our collection The New Uncanny, which won the Shirley Jackson Award in 2008. Possum will be directed by Matthew Holness, most famous for being the co-creator of Garth Marenghi’s Darkplace, and is to star Sean Harris.

It’s great to be recognised as a regular source of inspiration for British film, and we are incredibly excited that more of our works are being transformed into feature films. It shows how versatile and malleable the short story form can be, that sits so well in film.

Three new books will be released in the near future:

Thought X – a new science-into-fiction anthology, which has storytellers, along with consulting scientists, create authentic narratives associated with different theories and thought experiments. These include Newton’s Bucket, Maxwell’s Demon, Einstein’s Lift, Schrodinger’s Cat, and more!

We will be hosting a Science-Into-Fiction event at the Bluecoat in Liverpool on December 7th, have a look at our event page for this on Facebook. This fascinating event is a must for fans of science fiction and science enthusiasts and is not to be missed – speakers include Comma Press’ own Ra Page,  and Thought X contributors Sara Maitland and Sarah Schofield.

The Book of Havana –
the newest addition to our Reading The City which explores global cities through literature translated into English for the first time. This is a beautiful series, with some of our favourite cover designs, which give prominence to the chosen city’s best and upcoming writers and translators. This time around, vive la Habana!

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From Professor Murasaki’s Notebooks on the Effects of Lightning on the Human Body – John Latham’s new poetry collection is a masterpiece in merging his scientific perspectives with musings on the human condition. Since leaving academia and becoming a full-time poet he has won more than 20 poetry competitions, so John is one to always watch out for.
By Ciara Dunne, Comma work experience placement November 2016

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