R. U. Sirius

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R. U. Sirius (born Ken Goffman in 1952[1]) 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. Before that he founded and edited the magazines High Frontiers and Reality Hackers. Sirius was chairman and candidate in the 2000 U.S. presidential election for the Revolution Party.[2] The party's 20-point platform was a hybrid of libertarianism and liberalism.[3]

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.[4] He was editor-in-chief of Axcess magazine in 1998, GettingIt.com 1999–2000, and H+ Magazine 2008–2010.



In 1993 R.U. Sirius was quoted in The Nation magazine about the internet and its future.[5] This July 1993 piece, The Whole World is Talking, was The Nation's first article about the internet.[6]

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.[citation needed] The music was available on the internet for several years and is currently available on bandcamp IOU Babe, by Mondo Vanilli.

Sirius has been a speaker at many events, such as the Starwood Festival [3]. He delivered the second Keynote address for the Virtual Reality conference, Oslo VR, in 1994.[7]


During the 2000s Sirius published four books. In 2005 he began hosting two weekly podcasts, the RU Sirius Show and NeoFiles.[8] Both went on unannounced hiatus in August 2007 because their financial backer withdrew his support.[9] 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.

From October 2008 to May 2010, Sirius was head editor of the transhumanist magazine H+ Magazine.[10] He then turned his attention to a project documenting the history of Mondo 2000.


On June 7, 2011, R. U. Sirius launched Acceler8or[11] a counter-culture, Singularitarian/Transhumanist website.[12] It went on hiatus in November 2012. Mondo 2000 was relaunched online in 2017.[13]



  • Transcendence: The Disinformation Encyclopedia of Transhumanism and the Singularity. (2015) (with Jay Cornell). Disinformation Books. ISBN 978-1938875090.
  • 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.



  1. ^ "Introducing the Mondo 2000 History Project – 10 Zen Monkeys". Retrieved 30 August 2017.
  2. ^ [1] Archived April 16, 2004, at the Wayback Machine
  3. ^ Sirius, R. U. "20 Point Party Platform for National Politics". Archived from the original on 2008-04-22. Retrieved 2010-02-24.
  4. ^ See Works by R. U. Sirius at Project Gutenberg.
  5. ^ The Whole World is Talking Archived 2013-05-07 at the Wayback Machine by Cooke and Lehrer
  6. ^ This Is the First Article We Ever Published About the Internet in The Nation by Richard Kreitner, November 19, 2014
  7. ^ "Program VR Oslo 94". Archived from the original on 2011-05-07. Retrieved 2016-01-23.
  8. ^ Available at The RU Sirius Show and NeoFiles respectively.
  9. ^ [2] Archived December 4, 2008, at the Wayback Machine
  10. ^ "H+ Magazine homepage".
  11. ^ "Acceler8or". www.acceler8or.com. Retrieved 30 August 2017.
  12. ^ "Accelerate with Acceler8or! – KurzweilAI". www.kurzweilai.net. Retrieved 30 August 2017.
  13. ^ "Mondo 2000, influential 90s cyberculture magazine, returns online". 24 August 2017. Retrieved 25 August 2017.

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