WARREN ELLIS is a graphic novelist and author of the NYT best-selling novel GUN MACHINE. His graphic novel GLOBAL FREQUENCY is being developed for television by Jerry Bruckheimer and FOX. He is the writer of the graphic novel RED, adapted into the film starring Bruce Willis and Helen Mirren. His next book is NORMAL from FSG.
Things that had somehow never occurred to me:
The Amazon basin is a huge barrier to commerce. There is no road between Colombia and Brazil. According to the IDB, it costs a Colombian exporter slightly more than a Canadian to ship goods to Brazil.