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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.

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  1. Tadhg


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

  2. Dusty


    Happy birthday Mr. Ellis!

  3. Ruth


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

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

  5. Max


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

  6. Irick


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

  7. haytil


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

    (That’s a compliment)

  8. 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.

  9. Rock Ripsnort

    Rock Ripsnort

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

    Uh, happy birthday anyway, kid.

  10. Carlos


    Feliz cumplea├▒os, Mr. Ellis.

  11. Lister Sage

    Lister Sage

    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.

  12. greggvl


    Happy Birthday!

  13. Lis


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

  14. vaX


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

  15. faralar


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

    Happy birthday!!!!

  16. Adriano1977


    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!

  17. 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.

  18. Richard C.

    Richard C.

    Happy Birthday

  19. rigidrooster


    happy birthing day oh mighty beast of word-smithery

  20. Owl Operator

    Owl Operator

    Congratulations on reaching 6*9 years of age.

  21. happy birthday, sir.

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

  22. 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.

  23. Dmitry


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

  24. Andrew


    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.

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

  26. 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.

  27. Martin Declan Kelly

    Martin Declan Kelly

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

  28. Jamie A. Hickson

    Jamie A. Hickson

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


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