The Pop Quiz at the End of the Universe

The Pop Quiz at the End of the Universe: Warren Ellis

Welcome back to The Pop Quiz at the End of the Universe, a recurring series here on Tor.com featuring some of our favorite science fiction and fantasy authors, artist, and others!

Today we’re joined by Warren Ellis, graphic novelist, author, and columnist. His novel Gun Machine, available now from Mulholland Books, is being developed for television by Chernin Entertainment and FOX. His short story “Dead Pig Collector” is available as an ebook from FSG July 30th.

Join us as we cover subjects ranging from hotel rooms to strange mobile phone accessories, and more!

Please relate one fact about yourself that has never appeared anywhere else in print or on the Internet.

I am grandson to a man who once stole a large cube-shaped plastic sign off the front of a pub at midnight and strapped it to his work vehicle and drove it home down a dual carriageway at high speed.  His work vehicle was an ice cream van.

Describe your favorite place to read/write?

Honestly?  I love writing in hotel rooms.  I get to write overlooking fields, cities, rivers, bays and oceans sometimes.  It’s one of the best things about doing what I do.

What’s your favorite method of procrastination?

I podcast.  I compile an ambient/spooky/sleepy music called SPEKTRMODULE, and writing the playlists, listening through, adjusting running orders, mixing and fading… that’s my procrastination activity, and it’s fun.

Strangest thing you’ve learned while researching a book?

Well, I wrote Crooked Little Vein, so I could be here all day trying to decide on the single strangest datum, but I’ll tell you the oddest thing I learned while researching “Dead Pig Collector”: the Chinese made a mobile phone with a built-in cigarette lighter.  I kind of love that.

If you had to choose one band or artist to provide the official soundtrack to your (new/last/latest) book, who would it be?

That is a really difficult one for me, because I listen to a lot of music.  Today, I think “Dead Pig Collector” would be great with a soundtrack by Grouper.

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