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No Speed Limit

Three Essays on Accelerationism

2015
Author:

Steven Shaviro

No Speed Limit

Proposes a vision of survival and flourishing in the face of economic and environmental catastrophe

To get beyond capitalism, we need to push its technologies to the point where they explode. Steven Shaviro argues that accelerationism—the bastard offspring of a furtive liaison between Marxism and science fiction—works as a powerful artistic program.

Accelerationism is the bastard offspring of a furtive liaison between Marxism and science fiction. Its basic premise is that the only way out is the way through: to get beyond capitalism, we need to push its technologies to the point where they explode. This may be dubious as a political strategy, but it works as a powerful artistic program.

Other authors have debated the pros and cons of accelerationist politics; No Speed Limit makes the case for an accelerationist aesthetics. Our present moment is illuminated, both for good and for ill, in the cracked mirror of science-fictional futurity.

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No Speed Limit

Steven Shaviro is DeRoy Professor of English at Wayne State University and author of The Universe of Things: On Speculative Realism (Minnesota, 2014), Without Criteria: Kant, Whitehead, Deleuze, and Aesthetics (MIT, 2009), Connected, or What it Means to Live in the Network Society (Minnesota, 2003) and The Cinematic Body (Minnesota, 1993).

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