- Rankin: I live on Edinburgh and set my work there. You live in England but tend to set your stories in the US. Why is that?
- Ellis: I do find the country endlessly fascinating. It’s like a vast cultural oven. You put that many people in one place, with that many resources and that much freedom to elevate or destroy themselves, and then put it under pressure, and all kinds of weird and wonderful chemical events will happen. If there was a God, then America is something he would do if his television was broken: a constant source of entertainment.
“America does have its own weird ritual landscape and deep time. We just tend to think of it as only a couple of hundred years old. And even then, those few hundred years are pretty compressed stuff. So it actually began there, really, in a determination to write something that evoked antiquitous American strangeness.”
Warren Ellis answering “Where did Gun Machine begin for you?” in an interview with Suicide Girls. (Don’t worry, it’s SFW.)