July 28th, 2010 | researchmaterial
July 28th, 2010 | station ident
July 28th, 2010 | researchmaterial
Quantum processes seem to allow for "programming" operant particles into a time point previous to the operation. And the grandfather paradox doesn’t apply:
Scientists have for some years been able to ’teleport’ quantum states from one place to another. Now Seth Lloyd and his MIT team say that, using the same principles and a further strange quantum effect known as ’postselection’, it should be possible to do the same backwards in time. Lloyd told the Technology Review: "It is possible for particles (and, in principle, people) to tunnel from the future to the past."
July 27th, 2010 | brainjuice
July 27th, 2010 | about warren ellis/contact
My name’s Warren Ellis. I write comics, graphic novels, journalism and anything else that people pay money for. I live in Britain.
I’m the writer of the graphic novel RED, the film version of which (starring Bruce Willis, John Malkovich, Morgan Freeman & Helen Mirren) is out in October. I’m the writer of the GRAVEL graphic novels, under development for film by Legendary Pictures. I also wrote the novel CROOKED LITTLE VEIN. I extrude a monthly column for WIRED UK magazine.
I write here almost every day. A collection of the writing I’ve done here and elsewhere on the internet, SHIVERING SANDS, was published last year.
Quick links: Whitechapel (message board) – Twitter – MySpace account – an Official Warren Ellis Page on that Facebook thing – a store of Things at CafePress.
For people wanting to send me to their sites, wanting to email stuff or tell me about new music or send me tips or whatever, I’ve set up a Gmail account that I check once every day or so: email@example.com. This isn’t, I stress, my main email account, and it’s not for asking me when some comic’s coming out (there’s a FAQ for that). Always interested in new music, new art, new connections, dirty pictures, madness etc.
If you need to contact me about writing for print or web, please contact my agent Lydia Wills using the link in the righthand menu bar.
If you need to contact me about anything involving film, tv, games or other things that move, please contact my agent Angela Cheng Caplan using the link in the righthand menu bar.
If you (for god knows what reason) wanted to send me something physical… um, well, you can’t, right now. My book agent has gotten flooded with stuff of late, and I feel terrible about drowning them in things like that. So I’m going to sort myself out a PO Box here in the UK sometime in August (meant to do it in July, but that month was crazy.
July 27th, 2010 | music
Who wants to be a merperson? With detachable dolphin-tail prosthetics that can make you travel twice as fast as an Olympic swimmer?
Ten students from the University of Cincinnati’s nationally number-one ranked interior design program recently returned from the Florida Keys where they tested – and provided feedback to the inventor and manufacturer of – unusual foot appendages that aid human sea divers to swim like dolphins.
Then, about 24 UC design students further tested these mechanical “Flipper” fins (called Lunocets) in UC’s Olympic-sized lap pool.
July 27th, 2010 | music
You’re somewhere in America. On a beach. There’s a broken-down carnival there. You’re attracted by the sound of plucked guitars and raised voices. Night falls. The creak of a rotted boardwalk. Faded posters for acts you’ve never heard of. A freakshow choir huddles behind the cracked slats of a holding pen. You’re lost. A clown appears to one side of you, stinking of gasoline and dried semen. A needle sinks into your arm. There is a shriek of joy.
“Born Again,” from HOLIDAY HOLINIGHT by The Great Valley.
July 26th, 2010 | Work
So I found out a day after everyone else that the Marvel Anime serials I devised will air on G4 television in the US during 2011. These serials are being made by Madhouse in Japan, for the south east Asian television market, so the G4 airings will either be dubbed or subtitled.
Here’s the original press release about the Marvel Anime serials.
The way it worked is that I devised four serials for Marvel Anime – IRON MAN, WOLVERINE, X-MEN and BLADE. Which means that I came up with 12-episode stories for each property. For the most part, I used pre-existing stories as adaptation material — the WOLVERINE story, for instance, takes the Chris Claremont/Frank Miller WOLVERINE miniseries from the early 80s as its basic spine. Weirdly, Matt Fraction and I were working parallel at one point, and it turns out that, without talking to each other about it, I’ve sort of mirrored “Stark Resilient” in the IRON MAN anime.
I then wrote outlines for each episode of each serial. These outlines were then turned into scripts by Madhouse’s writers, and then made into animation by Madhouse’s directors and animators. Because I knew the process in advance, the outlines were really just plot, pacing and colour. I imagine and expect that I’ve been seriously rewritten in places by the actual writers, which is fine and all part of the process.
As I say, these were commissioned and created specifically for the south east Asian market. But it’s nice that they’ll get some form of English-language airing too.
And here’s the IRON MAN trailer.
EDITED TO ADD: Deadline has a few more details.
July 26th, 2010 | Work
Joss Whedon mentioned, at his San Diego panel last week, a project called WASTELANDERS that I was co-writing with him and which got postponed. I’ve gotten a lot of messages about that, since. So this is my WASTELANDERS FAQ, such as it is, and all I’m really prepared to say about it for now.
So Joss and I had just finished the second or third day of sitting in a hotel bar and beating out the rough shape of WASTELANDERS, a story idea he’d had that he invited me to co-write with him because it had Science Stuff and Nasty Stuff and those things are more me than him, and I demanded Meat because I really can’t run my brain for more than ten minutes before bits of it start breaking off and I think I mentioned that we’d been at this for two or three days and so we went to a steak restaurant that scared Joss because all the lighting was red and the walls were covered in cowhide and we’d just started on the beer in this Room Of Meat Terror when Joss said: "I’ve been asked to write and direct the AVENGERS film. What do you think?"
WASTELANDERS was being devised as a five-part series that we’d do as "internet television," in the mode of DR HORRIBLE, only without the singing. Joss was worried about the lack of singing. I’d hoped that directing an episode of GLEE had gotten it out of his system. I wasn’t sure who I’d have to hurt or kill to secure the situation, but we were solid enough with the outline that we’d be ready to shoot in two or three months.
"You have to take that job," I said. "Even though it’ll probably be insane. It’s a tentpole movie. You’ll be able to print your own money afterwards. You’ll be able to do anything you want. Take it."
No good deed goes unpunished. He took the gig, and then the start date got moved up, and three or four other horrible things happened, and suddenly the space to do WASTELANDERS was erased.
I saw Joss the other week. It took us a few hours to get around to WASTELANDERS, because we’re ferociously polite and respectful to each other (if to and about no-one else) and I think neither of us wanted to broach the subject. And when we finally did, I said to him; once you’re on the other side of AVENGERS, email me, and we’ll finish the bastard off. I’ll wait.
So that’s what we’ll do. And that gives me time to terminate anyone whom he might secretly work on musical numbers with.
A few notes. WASTELANDERS is not, as some people who can’t read have commented, the same as Antony Johnston’s WASTELAND. WASTELANDERS is Joss’ idea and Joss’ title. WASTELANDERS also has no connection to DR HORRIBLE. WASTELANDERS is where Joss’ sense that too few people followed the example of DR HORRIBLE meets my obsession with the QUATERMASS serials, which were half-hour episodes. Short-form genre serials of the kind that tv just doesn’t make anymore. What we eventually came up with was very much a fusion of British and American styles, and very much a fusion of my style and Joss’ style. And full-on science fiction.
And the plan is that you’ll see it once Joss has made the AVENGERS film.
(Which, by the way, is going to be really fucking good. I have Sekrit Knowledges. Also worth noting: Joss has nothing but good things to say about Kevin Feige, which bodes extremely well.)
WASTELANDERS is sort of a funny horrible story about the end of the world. I look forward to finishing it.
July 26th, 2010 | daybook
San Diego Comic-Con, San Diego Convention Center, Hall H, Thursday 22 July, 2.25pm approx. There were around 6000 people in the room. This is a little less than half of them, taken from my seat on the stage for the RED panel.
This is actually as close to Comic-Con as I got. It turns out that when you’re parachuted in with the movie people, you’re really nowhere near the con. You’re in private suites at hotels, or in your own car as part of a limo convoy, or brought in through a guarded loading bay and renditioned through secured lifts.
I saw Michelle Rodriguez at one point, doing press sessions on her own, moving very determinedly with two security officers in front of her and two behind.
It was really kind of interesting, seeing this other side of the show. I need to get down some more thoughts about it later.
July 24th, 2010 | daybook
(This was what was printed on the other side of my name card, on the table at the RED panel at San Diego on Thursday. I believe Dame Helen said “shit” a few times anyway.)
Sent from my outboard brain
July 23rd, 2010 | daybook
The post I sent from the car doesn’t seem to have gone through, so: back in LA. Used Mark Millar’s name as a joke punchline/aside during the main panel, which will cost me money later (thank fuck my friends have a sense of humour). Got a photo of Helen Mirren in her brilliant Harvey Pekar memorial shirt. Eyesight is a bit blurry right now. On a plane soon, and back to the life of a working writer rather than a guy who gets driven around in limousines to tv and newspaper interviews…
July 21st, 2010 | photography