R.U. Sirius is a US writer, editor, talk show host, musician, and cyberculture icon, best known as cofounder and original Editor-In-Chief of Mondo 2000 Magazine from 1989-1993. He is the former editor of the transhumanist magazine, H+.
R.U. 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. He has written several hundred articles and essays for mainstream and subculture publications. He was Editor-In-Chief of Axcess magazine in 1998, and GettingIt.com from 1999-2000.
R.U. was a teenage Yippie activist in the early 1970s. He was the lead singer for Rochester, New York-based punk band Party Dogs from 1979-81. He was also chairman and candidate in the 2000 U.S. presidential election for The Revolution Party. The party’s 20-point platform comprised a hybrid of libertarianism and liberalism.
He 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 coauthored Leary’s last book, Design For Dying (1998), and wrote the introduction for the 1998 edition of Leary’s 1968 book The Politics of Ecstasy. He appeared in the films Synthetic Pleasures (1995) and Conceiving Ada (1997). His mid-90s techno-rock band Mondo Vanilli recorded an unreleased CD titled IOU Babe for Trent Reznor’s Nothing Records.
R.U. authored True Mutations and The Revolution: Quotations from Revolution Party Chairman R. U. Sirius, coauthored Counterculture Through the Ages: From Abraham to Acid House, How to Mutate and Take Over the World, Mondo 2000: A User’s Guide to the New Edge : Cyberpunk, Virtual Reality, Wetware, Designer Aphrodisiacs, Artificial Life, Techno-Erotic Paganism, Cyberpunk Handbook: The Real Cyberpunk Fakebook,Shattered Lives: Portraits From America’s Drug War, and Design for Dying, and illustrated 21st Century Revolutionary: R.U. Sirius 1984-1998.
R.U.’s latest web-thing is Acceler80r.