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I remember first learning about death quite vividly. I'm not sure how old I was, but I remember the conversation like it was yesterday. My grandfather had died, and my mother was trying to explain it to me. 'Sometimes, when someone gets ill, and they're very very old, they don't get better again. They just get iller and iller and then... then their body stops working.' 'I don't understand.' 'What's in them just goes away, and doesn't come back.' 'Grandpa isn't coming back?' 'No,' she said. 'Not ever again.' 'Grandpa said he was going away and not ever coming back after he held Grandma's head in that cotton-dump outside of town and kicked Skeeter seventy-three times.' 'Grandpa was very drunk. That's not the same as being dead. Grandpa's dead, son. He's not there anymore.' And I remember saying, 'Hold everything right fucking THERE. 'You went to all the trouble of conceiving me, and giving birth to me, and raising me and feeding me and clothing me and all-- and, YEAH, whipping me from time to time, and making me live in a house that's freezing fucking cold all the goddamn time-- and you make me cry and things hurt so much and disappointments crush my heart every day and I can't do half the things I want to do and sometimes I just want to scream-- and what I've got to look forward to is my body breaking and something flipping off the switch in my head-- I go through all this-- and then there's death? 'What is the motherfucking deal here?

Warren Ellis


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He also has five other current series with Avatar: Anna MercuryNo Hero along with two long series Doktor Sleepless and Gravel. 2 with artist Bryan Hitch. On June 12 2008 the front page of The Hollywood Reporter announced that Summit Entertainment had optioned Red (2003) Ellis's thriller with artist Cully Hamner as a feature film.

Warren Girard Ellis (born February 16 1968) is an English author of comics novels and television who is well known for sociocultural commentary both through his online presence and through his writing which covers transhumanist themes (most notably nanotechnology cryonics mind transfer and human enhancement).

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