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    • CommentAuthorroadscum
    • CommentTimeJan 18th 2010
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    Good evening Mr Ellis,

    Assuming you've experienced both situations, when do you produce the work which pleases you most? When under the constraint of meeting a deadline or when you have as much time as you wish to spend?
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    From the previous interrogation thread I participated in (but unfortunately didn't get an answer as it's a difficult question): What are your favourite albums of all time?

    That is an evil fucking question, it really is. A few of them are:

    BERLIN, Lou Reed.
    SURFER ROSA, Pixies.
    LOVELESS, My Bloody Valentine.
    MURDER BALLADS, Nick Cave
    STIMMUNG, Theatre of Voices/Hillier arrangement

    more later.
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      CommentAuthorjeffajohns
    • CommentTimeJan 18th 2010
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    How would you characterize the differences between the WEF, The Engine, and this place?
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      CommentAuthorinfomancer
    • CommentTimeJan 18th 2010
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    Have you ever considered setting up (or forcing some minions to organize) some sort of big Whitechapel gathering in meatspace? Hypothetically, where would such a thing be held if it were up to you? And would you dress some poor bastard up as you and force him to attend in your stead so you could retire safely to the pub?
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      CommentAuthorSonny
    • CommentTimeJan 18th 2010
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    What's your favorite Philip K. Dick work?

    (I'm leaning towards VALIS but obviously can't be sure. At ALL.)
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      CommentAuthorHayama
    • CommentTimeJan 18th 2010
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    If you were named "Earth czar," what would be your first act as supreme ruler of the planet?
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    What's your favorite Philip K. Dick work?

    FLOW MY TEARS THE POLICEMAN SAID or THE TRANSMIGRATION OF TIMOTHY ARCHER.
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    How would you characterize the differences between the WEF, The Engine, and this place?

    The WEF was an ill-informed lab experiment that overflowed the petri dish, the building the dish was in, the town the building was in, and threatened the world before I sprayed it with paraquat.

    The Engine was a very intentional, controlled and size-limited lab experiment that lived for a couple of years before showing genetic degradation, and so required humane extermination.

    This place was just intended as a cheap and dimly-lit back room for a rolling afterparty.
    • CommentAuthorChristianW
    • CommentTimeJan 18th 2010
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    How do you parse the internet? It's such an easy thing to get lost in - one thing leads to another. Sheer discipline, do you only go out with something in mind, do you allocate time for arsing around until something scrateches the itch? Also, there are too many good sources...
    • CommentAuthorJim Moore
    • CommentTimeJan 18th 2010
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    on the back of ChristianW's Q, what are your RSS feeds that you keep up with daily? I imagine it too big to have them all listed here, but how about a top 10?
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    A selection from my RSS feeds:

    http://www.alasdair.biz

    http://magcloud.com/feed/GetRecentIssues

    http://www.openthefuture.com/

    http://www.janchipchase.com/

    http://blog.wired.com/sterling

    http://fashionphilos.blogspot.com/

    http://covers.fwis.com

    http://www.economist.com/rss/news_analysis_rss.xml

    http://disquiet.com
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    I heard you did some writing for Dead Space, which was a great game, so i assume that video games are on your radar to some degree. I was wondering what your thoughts are about video games as a storytelling medium. Also, if you play video games, what are some of your favorites?
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      CommentAuthorrazrangel
    • CommentTimeJan 18th 2010
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    Any advice for the lovelorn? Other than "kill yourself?"

    actual question: What trends in the world do you fear - and I don't mean just have nervousness about like the "Conan...best in life" series, I mean political or social trends that make you feel threatened. For example, censorship, failing print industry, the judgement of every written word for movie viability, homoginzed cultures (or radically isolated ones), the death of curiosity/critical thinking...etc, etc. I'm sure you can think of more and I'm asking for the scariest just the ones that are bothering you today and what you think of them. Feel free to go on at length, I'm curious. }:>
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    What's your favourite joke?

    The next time you do a Q&A/talk at a con session would you ever consider having it filmed and releasing the DVD as a POD through somewhere like Lulu?
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    Assuming you've experienced both situations, when do you produce the work which pleases you most? When under the constraint of meeting a deadline or when you have as much time as you wish to spend?


    I hate everything I've done within a week of producing it, no matter what it is. Re-reading old work is the most painful thing in the world to me. It's all shit. Several blog sites will agree with me.
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    I heard you did some writing for Dead Space, which was a great game, so i assume that video games are on your radar to some degree. I was wondering what your thoughts are about video games as a storytelling medium.

    Hopeless. The writer is never brought in early enough. It's always surgery, when it should be, um, exchange of genetic matter. I think all my work on DEAD SPACE was tossed anyway.
    • CommentAuthordraxxx
    • CommentTimeJan 18th 2010
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    Thanks for hanging around today/tonight, Warren. Good stuff, much of it helpful (sharing some of your feeds, and that last bit about hating everything a week after producing it). Be good.
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    Which piece of fiction, be that a movie, song, bit of writing, or whatever, has made you cry? Multiple entries are allowed.
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    Favourite work by Orson Welles?
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      CommentAuthorwarrenellis
    • CommentTimeJan 18th 2010 edited
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    Which piece of fiction, be that a movie, song, bit of writing, or whatever, has made you cry? Multiple entries are allowed.


    One would have to have a heart of stone to read the death
    of little Nell without dissolving into tears...of laughter.

    -- Oscar Wilde.