British philosopher Nick Land has left a legacy. His character is mythological and his critical interpretations are legend. Since the early 90's his thoughts and critiques have been at the epicenter ( or even been the genesis ) of numerous directions of enquiry. A myriad of multi-media, artistic, linguistic, logical, literary criticism and blogospherical areas of research have all derived and swelled since his teachings as lecturer in Continental Philosophy at Warwick University in the 1990's and his co-founding of the Cybernetic Culture Research Unit ( CCRU- co-founded with philosopher Sadie Plant at Birmingham University in 1995 ). His thoughts of 'rabid nihilism', 'mad black deleuzianism' and 'cybergothic' have spawned a multitude of modes of enquiry. The proliferating use of hyperstition as a tool in pursuit of dismantling standard models of social existence is one particularly prevalent effect of Lands philosophical and inspirational legacy - Reza Negarestani's occultist, post genre horror fictions and speculative theologix of Cyclonopedia being a recent example of a work derived, formed and inherently born out of the mode of the hyperstition praxis formats ( and the eponymous blog - Hyperstition that Land also contributed to ). Just reading the preface of Lands infamous critique/engagement/copulation/putrefaction of Bataille in 'The Thirst For Annihilation: Georges Bataille and Virulent Nihilism' ( Routledge Press 1992 ) the effect is violent, scary and profound. The level of emotion, the passion for the myriad of philosophies ( and their contextual exchanges ) is frightening and unique. When was the last time you put down a theory text feeling worried? When was the last time a theory text scarred you or made you sad? I can't think of anyone else. The only other book to effect such a response in myself recently was Eden Eden Eden by Pierre Guyotat - but thats fiction, and the fact that Lands impassioned engagement is focused on theories, established ( and/or erupting/hemorrhaging paradigms ) warrants all the more emotion and genuine interest, be it excitement, fear or elation - and thats just Lands unique delivery. The breadth of inspiration and the sheer volume of research areas and texts is phenomenal. Aqunias, Boltzmann, Hegel, Kant, Lukacs, Nietzsche, Marquis de Sade and Schopenhauer are just a few of the general reference Land draws on along with an almost encyclopedic referencing to Bataille's Oeuvres Completes that boarders on the religious - in that the connections and interpretations are engaged and impassioned to the nth degree. The experience is akin to an array of biblical epics - such is the breadth of emotional journeyings and weight of theoretical revelations.
Regarding just a few of the concepts brought forward, re-examined or re-integrated within the text it dawns on one just how influential Land has been. The penetration of fleeting analogies is vast and whole new modes of enquiry and axis for ontological explorations have emerged from the rabid flames of 'The Thirst For Annihilation: Georges Bataille and Virulent Nihilism'. Ontotheological and Logocentricist reassertions dance amongst a laughing cacophony of eroticist, morbid and transcendental polarities. If you were scarred by Bataille then dont read Land for the experience may enlighten enough to expose the putrid truth of ourselves life and death. This petrifying ( or putrefying! ) text holds so much at the epicenter of its ( panoramic ) rhizomatically aquired realms of research yet its so concentrated and potent. Lands other works that will all be included in Fanged Noumena: Collected Writings 1987-2007 ( to be published by Urbanomic in 2010 ) will no doubt have the same spectrum of revelations and potency of effect, for whilst a lot of these works have in existence since the 90s and their influence now fossilized in legend, the availability has been low with the texts scattered through small philosophical journals, blog posts and experimental webzine articals. Having a collection of such ( still ) vital texts is long overdue. I have no doubt that for Landians the consequence of having all texts in one place will further enlighten the rabid, mad or fatally sane ideological reproaches and contextual arguments. Another MetaStrata may emerge from this text. Lands Fanged Noumena are ominous - like rabid piranhas - or suspended maggots awaiting our putrefying minds and souls.