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Nick Land (born 17 January 1962) is an English philosopher, short-story horror writer, blogger, and "the father of accelerationism".[2]

Nick Land
Born (1962-01-17) 17 January 1962 (age 57)
ResidenceShanghai, China
EraContemporary philosophy
RegionWestern philosophy
SchoolContinental philosophy[1]
Speculative realism
Dark Enlightenment
InstitutionsUniversity of Warwick
Main interests
Notable ideas

His writing is credited with pioneering the genre known as "theory-fiction".[3] A cofounder of the 1990s collective Cybernetic Culture Research Unit, his work has been tied to the development of accelerationism and speculative realism.[4][5][6]



Land was a lecturer in Continental Philosophy at the University of Warwick from 1987 until his resignation in 1998.[3] At Warwick, he and Sadie Plant co-founded the Cybernetic Culture Research Unit. In 1992 he published The Thirst for Annihilation: Georges Bataille and Virulent Nihilism, in addition to an abundance of shorter texts, many of which were published in the 1990s during Land's time with the CCRU.[5] The majority of these articles were compiled in the retrospective collection Fanged Noumena: Collected Writings 1987-2007, published in 2011.

He currently works as an editor at Urbanatomy in Shanghai, and (until April 2017)[7] taught at the New Centre for Research & Practice.[6] Land's work is noted for its unorthodox interspersion of philosophical theory with fiction, science, poetry, and performance art.[6] He has recently started writing psychological horror fiction.

Land is founder of two electronic presses, Urbanatomy Electronic and Time Spiral Press (with Anna Greenspan).[citation needed]

He has released an introduction to his new book to be published sometime this next year on his blog site Crypto-Current: Bitcoin and Philosophy


Land's work with CCRU, as well as his pre-Dark Enlightenment writings, have all been hugely influential to the political philosophy of accelerationism. Kodwo Eshun, a prominent UK afrofuturist theorist, has asked "Is Nick Land the most important British philosopher of the past twenty years?"[8] Along with the other members of CCRU, Land wove together ideas from the occult, cybernetics, science fiction, and poststructuralist philosophy to describe the phenomena of techno-capitalist acceleration.

One of Land's concepts is "hyperstition," a portmanteau of "superstition" and "hyper" that describes the action of successful ideas in the arena of culture. [9]

Land's philosophy of Dark Enlightenment is a "neo-reactionary" philosophy that opposes egalitarianism and is sometimes associated with the alt-right or other right-wing movements. Land believes democracy restricts accountability and freedom.[10][11] Shuja Haider notes, "His sequence of essays setting out its principles have become the foundation of the NRx canon."[12]

In 2017 Politico reported that Donald Trump's strategist Steve Bannon was a fan of the online manifesto Dark Enlightenment.[13]





  1. ^ Fisher, Mark (2014) [2012]. "Terminator vs Avatar". In Mackay, Robin; Avanessian, Armen (eds.). #Accelerate: The Accelerationist Reader. pp. 341–2.
  2. ^ Beckett, Andy (11 May 2017). "Accelerationism: How a fringe philosophy predicted the future we live in". The Guardian.
  3. ^ a b Mackay, Robin (27 February 2013). "Nick Land – An Experiment in Inhumanism". Divus.
  4. ^ Robin Mackay and Armen Avanessian, 'Introduction' to #Accelerate: The Accelerationist Reader, (Falmouth: Urbanomic, 2014) pp.1-46
  5. ^ a b Fisher, Mark (1 June 2011). "Nick Land: Mind Games". Dazed and Confused.
  6. ^ a b c Land, Nick (2011). Fanged Noumena: Collected Writings 1987–2007. Introduction by Ray Brassier and Robin Mackay. Falmouth: Urbanomic. ISBN 978-0-9553087-8-9.
  7. ^ New Centre for Research & Practice: Statement on Nick Land
  8. ^ Fisher, Mark (c. 2013). "Is Nick Land the most important British philosopher of the last twenty years?". Mark Fisher ReBlog.
  9. ^ "Hyperstition". 2010.
  10. ^ Laliberte, Bryce (8 November 2013). "It's not racist to seek an 'exit'". The Daily Caller. Archived from the original on 28 January 2018. Retrieved 2 October 2014.
  11. ^ Matthews, Dylan (25 August 2016). "Alt-right explained". Vox.
  12. ^ Haider, Shuja (28 March 2017). "The Darkness at the End of the Tunnel: Artificial Intelligence and Neoreaction". Viewpoint Magazine.
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