Fanged Noumena: Collected Writings 1987 - 2007

Fanged Noumena: Collected Writings 1987 - 2007

Nick Land

March 2011; Seventh edition 2019
Introduction by Ray Brassier and Robin Mackay
Paperback 115x175mm, 670pp.
First edition, March 2011: Limited edition of 1000 numbered copies
ISBN 978-0-9553087-8-9

Fanged Noumena assembles for the first time the writings of Nick Land, variously described as ‘rabid nihilism’, ‘mad black Deleuzianism’, ‘accelerationism’, and ‘cybergothic’. Wielding weaponized, machinically-recombined versions of Deleuze and Guattari, Reich and Freud, in the company of fellow ‘werewolves’ such as Nietzsche, Bataille, Artaud, Trakl and Cioran, to a cutup soundtrack of Bladerunner, Terminator and Apocalypse Now, Land plotted a rigorously schizophrenic escape route out of academic philosophy, and declared all-out war on the Human Security System. Despite his ‘disappearance’, Land’s output has been a crucial underground influence both on recent Speculative Realist thought, and on artists, writers, musicians and filmmakers invigorated by his uncompromising and abrasive philosophical vision.

Long the subject of rumor and vague legend, Land’s turbulent post-genre theory-fictions of cybercapitalist meltdown smear cyberpunk, philosophy, arithmetic, poetics, cryptography, anthropology, grammatology and the occult into unrecognizable and gripping hybrids. Beginning with Land’s radical rereadings of Heidegger, Nietzsche and Kant, Fanged Noumena terminates in Professor Barker’s cosmic theory of geo-trauma and neo-qabbalistic attempts to formulate a numerical anti-language.

Fanged Noumena is a dizzying trip through land’s rigorous, incisive and provocative work, establishing it as an indispensable resource for radically inhuman thought in the twenty-first century.

Land had the most brilliantly seductive and meteoric mind, endlessly imaginative and capable of adopting, inhabiting and discarding any philosophical position. With him - and rightly so - philosophy infected every area of life, and sheer vitality of life reverberated in his thinking.
I see Fanged Noumena as a kind of righteous revenge. Nick was dismissed by professional philosophers because they simply didn't want to think and preferred their turgid academic complacency. I always admired him for his unwavering desire to take thought to its absolute limit and then see how much harder one could push.
Simon Critchley

These extraordinary texts, superheated compounds of severe abstraction and scabrous wit, testify to a uniquely penetrating intelligence, fusing transcendental philosophy, number theory, geophysics, biology, cryptography and occultism into startlingly cohesive but increasingly delirious theory-fictions.
Ray Brassier

This is theory as cyberpunk fiction: Deleuze-Guattari's concept of capitalism as the virtual unnameable Thing that haunts all previous formations pulp-welded to the timebending of the Terminator films. Land's machinic theory-poetry parallelled the digital intensities of 90s jungle, techno and doomcore, anticipating 'impending human extinction becoming accessible as a dance-floor'.
Mark Fisher (K-Punk)

Editors' Introduction
Kant, Capital and the Prohibition of Incest
Narcissism and Dispersion in Heidegger's 1953 Trakl Interpretation
Delighted to Death
Art as Insurrection
Spirit and Teeth
After the Law
Making it with Death
Shamanic Nietzsche
Machinic Desire
No Future
Cyberspace Anarchitecture as Jungle-War
Meat (or How to Kill Oedipus in Cyberspace)
A ZiiGothic X-Coda (Cooking Lobsters with Jake and Dinos)
Barker Speaks
Non-Standard Numeracies: Nomad Cultures
Origins of the Cthulhu Club
Introduction to Qwernomics
Qabbala 101
Critique of Transcendental Miserablism





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