Jude Milhon

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Jude Milhon
Born (1939-03-12)March 12, 1939
Anderson, Indiana
Died July 19, 2003(2003-07-19) (aged 64)
Other names Best known as St. Jude
Occupation hacker and author
Employer Horn and Hardart; senior editor at Mondo 2000, frequent contributor to Boing Boing
Known for Coined the term cypherpunk. Contributed to the Berkeley Operating System and Community Memory
Notable work The Cyberpunk Handbook (1995), How to Mutate and Take Over the World (1996)
Home town San Francisco Bay Area
Movement Founding member of the cypherpunks

Jude Milhon (March 12, 1939 – July 19, 2003), in Anderson, Indiana[clarification needed], best known by her pseudonym St. Jude, was a hacker and author in the San Francisco Bay Area.

Milhon coined the term cypherpunk and was a founding member of the cypherpunks.[1]. She began computer programming in 1967, writing software for the Horn and Hardart company. Among the projects she contributed to were the Berkeley Operating System and Community Memory. She was a member of Computer Professionals for Social Responsibility, and the author of several books, including The Cyberpunk Handbook (1995) and How to Mutate and Take Over the World (1996) ISBN 0-345-39216-7. She was a senior editor at the magazine Mondo 2000 and frequent contributor to Boing Boing. On July 19, 2003, Milhon died of cancer. Milhon is survived by her loving daughter, Tresca, and fabulous grandson, Emilio.


  • "Hacking is the clever circumvention of imposed limits, whether imposed by your government, your IP server, your own personality, or the laws of physics." — St. Jude
  • "If we can't have sanity, we can fake it with humor. Humor gives you the same distance from the situation, the same metaview, only laughing is easier than sanity and possibly more fun." — St. Jude
  • "Give us bandwidth or kill us!" — St. Jude
  • "Girls need modems!" — St. Jude
  • "I'm a future-hacker; I'm trying to get root access to the future. I want to raid its system of thought." — St. Jude
  • "Are you fast? Are you dense?" — St. Jude


  • The Joy of Hacker Sex (proposed)
  • How to Mutate & Take Over the World: an Exploded Post-Novel. (1997) (with R. U. Sirius) Random House ISBN 0-517-19832-0
  • Cyberpunk Handbook: The Real Cyberpunk Fakebook. (1995) (with R. U. Sirius and Bart Nagel) Random House. ISBN 0-679-76230-2
  • Hacking the Wetware: The NerdGirl’s Pillow Book (1994) (internet release of ebook) [1]



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