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Paul Cornell to adapt ‘State of the Art’ for BBC Radio 4

Over on his LiveJournal, science fiction writer Paul Cornell has announced that he has been commissioned to adapt the Iain Banks novella ‘State of the Art’ into a play for broadcast on BBC Radio 4 later this year.

Paul, who is best known for his work as a writer for Doctor Who and also writes novels and comics, said of the project:

“My producer is the wonderful Nadia Molinari, and we’re looking to keep all the SF goodness of the original. I’m enjoying how serious and thoughtful the brief is. The story is about Banks’ spaceborne utopian civilisation, the Culture, encountering Earth. Some interesting casting of a Ship voice ahead, I should think, and who should be Diziet Sma? I’m anticipating the process hugely.”

Further details as they become apparent…