February 16th, 2010 | daybook

Today I am 42. I am thousands of miles from home and far from loved ones. I start the day’s round of work meetings in an hour, and won’t finish for another twelve hours, at which point I will return to an empty hotel room.

But today I am warm, there is sunlight, I am more relaxed about things than I have been in years, all the aches and pains collected over the last several months have melted away, and life is good.

42? Not so bad.

Have a good day, people.

80 Responses to “42”

  1. Happy Birthday travelling man.

  2. Congrats, Warren.

  3. Happy Birthday. Have a good day yourself.

  4. Many happy returns. I hope I can look around myself and see things in such good shape later this year when I turn 32, let alone ten years from now.

  5. Happy birthday, sir. Hope this will be a good day and that you not be pestered by Douglas Adams fans who believe your Internet Jesus powers now include knowing the secret of life, the universe, and everything.

  6. happy birthday sir!

  7. Happy Birthday, Ellis.

  8. Happy birthday, dear sir (you ridiculously talented, magnificent bastard).

  9. ‘Have a good day, people’. Now that would be a T-Shirt Of The Week no one would ever expect.

  10. masha pabien, Mr. Ellis – that’s obviously happy birthday in the language called Papiamento. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Papiamento

  11. Happy Birthday! 42 was good… sounds like you’ve got a good start on it.

  12. Hi W.E.



    (1 Billion people singing)


  13. Happy Birthday. Here’s to many more….(raises glass of firewater)

  14. I know we’ve picked on each other ruthlessly, but jest aside, you’re a wonderful bastard and you are very much loved. Hope today’s a good one, sir.

  15. Happy Birthday, sir!


  17. Happy Birthday, Warren Ellis.

  18. Happy Birthday to you. Hope it’s a good one!

  19. Happy birthday, sir. May the sun warm your bones appropriately.

  20. Happy Birthday, Master.

  21. Happy birthday, space bastard. I’m sure your loved ones thought of you.

  22. Ye-e-ah.

  23. happy birthday, dark lord and all around space bastard.

  24. Happy Birthday!

  25. I’ve just got to say…
    You’re the same age as me. You’re one of, if not the, most recognized name in the field in which I’d give an essential body part to be half as well established in, and you’ve achieved and created more than I can possibly hope to accomplish in this sad, sordid little existence of mine. Even if I start creating this minute, and continue feverishly until some editor trips over my corpse in a hovel, I won’t be able to match your quality and output.
    And you…all you can do is complain about the bloody weather and the fact that you’ve got to spend time doing the very thing that you do best, y’big girl.

    Seriously…happy birthday. I’m looking forward to many more years of being privy to your madness.

  26. Happy birthday. Hopefully, you’ll find some whiskey in which to celebrate with.

  27. Happy Birthday! May the city I call home be a proper host to the celebration of you continuing to draw breath.

    Cheers to you.

  28. Happy Birthday, Warren. I hope you live forever.

  29. Here’s to another 42. That should do you, huh? 84 is pretty fucking old. Don’t get greedy.

  30. Happy Birthday Mr Ellis.

  31. Happy birthday. I have been reading your work for a looooong long time ago. And i still need more.

  32. Happy Birthday. This provides me a clear benchmark to achieve in the next 13 years.

  33. Happy Being Squirted Out Day! You are now the answer to Life, The Universe and Everything! Cheers!

  34. Happy birthday, Warren.

  35. Happy birthday! If I’d known you weren’t going to be home I’d have had the arse eel-o-gram scheduled for next week. Sorry.

  36. Happy birthday, Warren! You are disgustingly accomplished for 42. I had better get cracking.

  37. Happy Birthday, good sir. You are a ray of horrible, horrible literary sunshine in a dark, schizoid universe.

  38. Happy Birthday, Warren.

    Hope it’s a good one.

    God bless.

  39. Warren,
    Happiest of birthdays to you!

    And, thank you for what you do.


  40. Being from Toronto (and assuming you are still in toronto) I’d gladly send a bottle or two of some delightful elixir to your hotel as b-day gift (if there was some way of doing so without, y’know, looking like a psycho stalker fan)

    Why don’t we go with “It is the thought that counts” and I’ll continue on my non-psycho stalker way.

    Happy B-day good sir.

  41. Cheers!

  42. Happy birthday, Warren, and thank you for fourty-two years of fantastic writing. As an aspiring writer, you’re an inspiration. Cheers.

  43. Level Up!

  44. Happy Birthday to you, good sir! Thank you so much for sharing so many great stories with us. Here’s to sharing many more!


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  46. Hi Warren. My girlfriend and I met you out front of the Standard Hotel yesterday, and it was a totally exciting start to our last day in LA. Happy birthday from me and the girl with green hair!

  47. Happy birthday Warren, I just wish this was the 42nd comment not the 43rd.

  48. Birthday Ellis Happy

  49. Happy birthday to you!
    You’re right. 42 is great. 43 will be even better.
    Enjoy your time in America.
    We’re glad you’re here.

  50. Happy Birthday Sir.

    I’ve got a few months left ’til 40 and I’m not sure if I’m eagerly awaiting or filled with dread.

  51. Happy Birthday good sir! May you see many more you aging bastard you.

  52. Happy birthday Mr. Ellis!

  53. Happy birthday, sir, and here’s to many more.

  54. Happy Birthday. May you celebrate by blowing something up.

  55. Happy birthday, good sir. You’ve made it to the answer. Godspeed.

  56. Happy birthday, and thank you for every word of your amazing work.

  57. Holy balls, I thought you were a lot older than that already.

    (That’s a compliment)

  58. 42? Frigging youngsta!

    Keep writing. Hit the world with it until says uncle and makes you king of all media.

    * * *

    To be honest, the only thing that I dread about turning 50 in two years is that first colonoscopy.

  59. Wait– YOU’RE younger than ME? Goddamn, now I really feel old.

    Uh, happy birthday anyway, kid.

  60. Feliz cumplea├▒os, Mr. Ellis.

  61. Happy Birthday, Mr. Ellis.

    I’m looking forward to reading Ignition City tomorrow and I hope you have something to look forward to as well.

  62. Happy Birthday!

  63. Feliz aniversário, dear W. Ellis.
    Sending you some love from Brasil.
    You rock!

  64. “42” – the answer to everything :) let us know how it goes..

  65. I will try my best not to make Hitchhikers guide references and just say; Jesus man, you’re old!

    Happy birthday!!!!

  66. I’m way too late, but my birthday wishes will hopefully still be appreciated, or at least will spare me a whipping or something! I hope the birth/work day was a nice one, cheers!

  67. Happy Birthday, Warren. 42 is an important number for us geeks. It’s the answer to life, the universe and everything so how can it not be a good year.

  68. Happy Birthday

  69. happy birthing day oh mighty beast of word-smithery

  70. Congratulations on reaching 6*9 years of age.

  71. happy birthday, sir.

    you are the same age as the meaning of life, the universe and everything.

  72. I sent my well wishes via Twitter and would have done so here to, but the number of Comments was “stuck” at 42 for the longest time and I didn’t want to upset that nice synchronicity.

    So, a day later, you’re now a day older. Congratulations.

  73. ? ???? ????????, ??????!!! From Russia with great respect! Cheers, mate!

  74. Happy (Belated) Birthday, you well-lubed juicebox of protoplasmic awfulness.

  75. Happy birthday, Internet Jesus. I suppose this means February 16th is Internet Christmas.

    And Owl Operator, he’s only 6*7 years of age. Learn maths.

  76. Celebrate by killing a producer for me. Rape optional.

  77. Happy birthday, Warren Ellis. I have enjoyed your work for years (Spider is still a top read). My 40ith was the seventh. You’re right about the aging. The pains don’t last that long now. Again, congadulations and ‘thanks’ for years of proper reading and new art introduction.

  78. That sounds pretty good, as birthdays go. Well done on not dying for another year. Keep it up.

  79. Andrew, if the most powerful computer ever constructed can’t come up with the right question in ten million years, I don’t see why I should be expected to. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Phrases_from_The_Hitchhiker%27s_Guide_to_the_Galaxy#Answer_to_the_Ultimate_Question_of_Life.2C_the_Universe.2C_and_Everything_.2842.29

  80. Cool. Best wishes and all that.
    I myself turned 40 on the 18th.
    I hope we get to meet some day.