Nick Peterson came up with the concept for his dark electronic one-man band Virtual Alien at the tender age of 14. Born in 1973, he unleashed his dark debut, War of Love, in 1988 but was hit by a cab in London a year later, went into a coma, and wasn't able to leave the hospital for four months. He returned to recording in 1990 and released King of the World, an album that commented on the Gulf War. Unhappy with the lack of attention the album received, Peterson dropped out of music, studied Dramatic Arts at Kingsway College in London, and continued his studies at the London College of Printing, from which he received a M.A. in Interactive Multimedia. Peterson also started the art magazine The Edge.
Virtual Alien track "The Way You Make Me Feel" was used at the website's launch party and eventually received 8,000 downloads. It was enough for MTV Europe to air the track's video and enough to influence Peterson to work again in music. He released the Virtual Alien compilation Debut de Siecle in 2001, and an album comprised of reworks and old tracks, Virtual Alien Presents: Old Nick, appeared in 2003. Soundtrack work followed with the Speed Of Light OST released in 2007 along with Eno-esque Music For Films that same year, then the 2009 compilation Debut 2 was released as a sequal to 2001's Debut de Siecle. The 2015 set Remove Your Face was another comp, but this time with three new songs. Besides music and publishing, Peterson has also been involved in film and released numerous full-length features, including 2003's The Map of the Universe, 2004's The Memos, and and 2016's The Y2K Files. Novels and issued diaries began appearing in 2011 with the release of Closer to the Sun while The War of Planets 1: The Flight of Moths was published in 2015.