Dark Mountain: Issue 8 – Technê (PDF)

Nick is the author of three books about walking and Europe, the most recent of which is Outlandish, a work of gonzo ornithology, The Parakeeting of London, and a collection of short fiction, Loss Soup and Other Stories. He works as an editor and co-director for the Dark Mountain Project, and has contributed short stories and essays to many of its issues. Red Smoking Mirror is his debut novel.


The Autumn 2015 edition is a special issue of non-fiction and artwork on the subject of technê and technology.


This is a PDF download of Dark Mountain: Issue 8 – Technê.

We are at a strange moment in human history. Things that once belonged to the outlandish fantasies of science fiction – from killer robots to nanomachines – are becoming reality. At the same time, ecological and social costs of this technological revolution are becoming clearer each day.

The eighth Dark Mountain book is a special issue on the theme of Technê. Through essays, artwork and how-to guides, this issue confronts the difficult questions of our time: Where are these tools and technologies leading us? What does it mean for the natural world and our own humanity? And how do we live through this?

Familiar names – Paul Kingsnorth picking apart the devotional underpinnings of transhumanism, or Charles Foster ruminating on the materiality of writing – and established figures like David Graeber and Bill McKibben rub shoulders here with new contributors and fresh perspectives: Sarah Perry considering the role of ritual in an automated world, James Bridle wayfaring around our ever-suffocating electromagnetic blanket, or Catrina Davies writing on the technosphere of her live-in shed. At the same time, we look back at the thinkers of the past who tried to warn us of the perilous path we were travelling – Chellis Glendinning recalls the neo-Luddites of yesteryear, while Jan van Boeckel writes of the documentary he made on 20th century techno-sage Jacques Ellul.

The editors for this issue were Charlotte Du Cann, Paul Kingsnorth, Tom Smith and Steve Wheeler.

Dark Mountain: Issue 8 is 426 pages long.