Podcast with me on “Neoreaction A Basilisk.”

Eruditorum Presscast: David Gerard (Neoreaction a Basilisk 1). In which Phil Sandifer and I talk for seventy-five minutes on the wonders of Eliezer Yudkowsky, Mencius Moldbug and Nick Land, the end of the world and the monster lurking in the labyrinth of every philosophy. I dispute that I was “reading neoreactionaries before it was cool” — life is too short to read Moldbug. Phil read him so you don’t have to. Go order a book, it’s really good.

“Neoreaction a Basilisk” by Phil Sandifer is kickstarting.

I’ve spent the last six months editing a book. Phil Sandifer found himself writing about “A genre dominated by, in effect, an AI crank, an extremist technolibertarian, and whatever the fuck Nick Land is” and I begged to preview it. I ended up researching, editing, copyediting and helping with the publicity. It has been six months of solid and hearty yuks and lulz and a sheer delight.

The kickstarter is up now (announcement). So far it’s landed about $1500 in twelve hours; people seem quite keen to get this book. And let me assure you that the stretch goal essays are also things the world needs.

There are also excerpts ([0] [1] [2]) and images of what the conspiracy zine and full colour editions will look like. (If I had $70 of actual money spare I’d be sending it in to get the conspiracy zine and colour editions, which look to be gorgeous productions.)

“Or, to put it another way, this is a book that uses Eliezer Yudkowsky, Mencius Moldbug, and Nick Land as a loosely stitched together foundation on which to build an oddball philosophical structure made of bits of Hannibal, China Mieville, Alan Turing, Thomas Ligotti, John Milton, and a futuristic AI that will torture you for all eternity if you buy a mosquito net.”

edit: and at $3000 in the first 18 hours, Phil decided he’d better preview the $4000 essay, “The Blind All-Seeing Eye of Gamergate.”