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    Warren--I watched a documentary recently about the moon landing, and finally came up with a question worthy of this opportunity: While you mused about the "What if's" if the space race had been different post-WWII with MINISTRY IN SPACE, the documentary had me wanting to ask you this:

    What are a few things you think may have been different, had it been the Soviet Union that made it to a moon landing before the U.S., aside from a hammer and sickle flag being planted on the surface? Something tells me that you've pondered this before, and I'm interested in any thoughts.

    And as always, thank you for the temporary insanity that always seems to hit you at the end of the year to allow this opportunity for all of us.
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    I don't believe it could ever have happened. Korolev was sidelined for too long, and then died too soon, while scumfucks like Chelomei buggered up everything they touched. For Russia to have landed on the moon first, Chelomei would have had to die around 1959. And even then... I don't know that Korolev's approach would have scaled up for translunar flight in the way von Braun's did. And Korolev was sick throughout the 60s, and Mishin just wasn't strong enough to support or protect him in the way that he needed. I think most historical tracks probably lead to the N-1 blowing up on the pad.
    • CommentAuthorStefanJ
    • CommentTimeFeb 1st 2011
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    I love that Warren knows more about the history of space travel than 99% of the rocket guys I hang with.

    Hell . . . any chance of a documentary comic along those lines? Like a highly specialized version of Gonick's cartoon history of ___ books? Something stripped of the manichean cold war crap that colors the US whig history version?
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    What we need is for Warren to appear as a talking head on a BBC4 documentary the Space race under the moniker "Warren Ellis: Space Bastard".

    I'd watch that....
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      CommentAuthorstsparky
    • CommentTimeFeb 1st 2011
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    I don't want to dwell on the past without seeing a way forward...

    I want our film boffins to get Warren to interview Elon Musk. I'd watch that!
    • CommentAuthorJeffreyL
    • CommentTimeFeb 5th 2011
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    what sites do you tend to visit for new content on a regular basis? (barring email, etc.)
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    Cracked.com, Rotten.com and 4chan are good places to start.
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    ...apparently Greasemonkey is me now. THANK GOD.
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      CommentAuthorGreasemonkey
    • CommentTimeFeb 5th 2011 edited
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    Whups, lost track of the thread I was on. Thought this was Around The Net. My bad.
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      CommentAuthorGreasemonkey
    • CommentTimeFeb 5th 2011 edited
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    Nothing to see here, carry on.
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    Mr. Ellis, how many times have you heard comparisons between Spider Jerusalem and the late Dr. Hunter S. Thompson? Were the similarities intentional?
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      CommentAuthorKaribou
    • CommentTimeFeb 22nd 2011 edited
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    Where does all the Planetary wealth come from ? I understood that it is the 4th man who provides but how come he is so rich ?

    And have your ever include the fictionnal character (brought on earth by a spaceship and escaped) in your other works than Planetary, like an Hitchcock appearance or something ?
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    Where does all the Planetary wealth come from ? I understood that it is the 4th man who provides but how come he is so rich ?


    He's lived a very long time and invested wisely.

    And have your ever include the fictionnal character (brought on earth by a spaceship and escaped) in your other works than Planetary, like an Hitchcock appearance or something ?


    No.
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    Mr. Ellis, how many times have you heard comparisons between Spider Jerusalem and the late Dr. Hunter S. Thompson? Were the similarities intentional?


    A million times/yes
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    I love that Warren knows more about the history of space travel than 99% of the rocket guys I hang with.

    Hell . . . any chance of a documentary comic along those lines?


    The last thing I'm thinking about right now is new comics.
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    Like it or against your work becoming cartoons?

    I'd have no reason to be against it so long as the participants were of the correct quality.
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    Would you do Do Anything as a spoken word album?


    I have a HORRIBLE voice.
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      CommentAuthorFauxhammer
    • CommentTimeApr 13th 2011
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    Oh, bullshit.
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    Brian Wood likes to include a playlist of music he's listened to while he's writing a comic. In that vein, what music should one pair with reading ORBITER or SCARS or some other particular work of yours?

    BTW, how much of CAPTAIN SWING happened to be inspired by Abney Park? And is there a chance that Abney Park could be talked into doing a soundtrack album inspired by the comic?
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    "BTW, how much of CAPTAIN SWING happened to be inspired by Abney Park?"

    None at all. What a weird question.

    "Brian Wood likes to include a playlist of music he's listened to while he's writing a comic. In that vein, what music should one pair with reading ORBITER or SCARS or some other particular work of yours?"

    Yeah, I don't always do that, I'm afraid. And since these are books that are getting on for ten years old, I have no idea what I was listening to... sorry.