R. U. Sirius
R. U. Sirius (born Ken Goffman in 1952) is an American writer, editor, talk show host, musician and cyberculture celebrity. He is best known as co-founder and original editor-in-chief of Mondo 2000 magazine from 1989 to 1993. Sirius was also chairman and candidate in the 2000 U.S. presidential election for the Revolution Party. The party's 20-point platform was a hybrid of libertarianism and liberalism.
At one time, he was a regular columnist for Wired News and San Francisco Examiner, and contributing writer for Wired and Artforum International. He's also written for Rolling Stone, Time, Esquire and other publications. Sirius has written several hundred articles and essays for mainstream and subculture publications. He was editor-in-chief of Axcess magazine in 1998, GettingIt.com 1999–2000, and H+ Magazine 2008–2010.
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Sirius recruited Timothy Leary to be a contributing editor for Mondo 2000 and has taught an online course in Leary's philosophy for the Maybe Logic Academy. He co-authored Leary's last book, Design for Dying (1998), and wrote the introduction for a 1998 edition of Leary's 1968 book The Politics of Ecstasy.
Sirius appeared in the films Synthetic Pleasures (1995) and Conceiving Ada (1997). His mid-1990s techno-rock band Mondo Vanilli recorded an unreleased CD titled IOU Babe for Trent Reznor's Nothing Records. The music was available on the internet for several years and is currently available on bandcamp .
In 2005 Sirius began hosting two weekly podcasts, the RU Sirius Show and NeoFiles. Both went on unannounced hiatus in August 2007 because their financial backer withdrew his support. In September 2006 Sirius helped launch the webzine 10 Zen Monkeys with fellow GettingIt.com alumni Jeff Diehl and Lou Cabron. All these projects were part of a media network named MondoGlobo.
- Everybody Must Get Stoned. Rock Stars On Drugs. (2009). Citadel. ISBN 978-0-8065-3073-4.
- True Mutations. (2007) Pollinator Press. ISBN 978-0-9774410-1-3.
- Counterculture Through the Ages: From Abraham to Acid House. (2004) Villard Books. ISBN 0-375-50758-2.
- The Revolution: Quotations From Revolution Party Chairman R. U. Sirius. (2000) Feral House. ISBN 0-922915-62-8.
- 21st Century Revolutionary: R. U. Sirius 1984–1998. (1999) Fringecore ISBN 90-76207-51-8.
- Design for Dying. (1998) (with Timothy Leary) HarperCollins. ISBN 0-06-092866-2.
- How to Mutate & Take Over the World: an Exploded Post-Novel. (1997) (with St. Jude) Random House. ISBN 0-517-19832-0.
- Cyberpunk Handbook: The Real Cyberpunk Fakebook. (1995) (with St. Jude and Bart Nagel) Random House. ISBN 0-679-76230-2.
- Mondo 2000: A User's Guide to the New Edge. (1992) (editor with Rudy Rucker & Queen Mu) Harperperennial Library. ISBN 0-06-096928-8.
- Before Mondo 2000, was Reality Hackers, and High Frontiers.
- Steal This Millennium. With Stew Albert. Salon.com, October 19, 2000.
- The RU Sirius Show and NeoFiles. 80-odd podcast interviews, and counting. (With co-hosts including Sherry Miller, Diana Brown, Steve Robles and producer Jeff Diehl.)
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- Sirius, R. U. "20 Point Party Platform for National Politics". Archived from the original on 2008-04-22. Retrieved 2010-02-24.
- See Works by R. U. Sirius at Project Gutenberg.
- Available at The RU Sirius Show and NeoFiles respectively.
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- H+ Magazine homepage