Mondo 2000

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Mondo 2000
Mondo 01.jpg
Mondo 2000 issue 01 cover
Format Print
Editor R. U. Sirius (Ken Goffman), Jude Milhon
Publisher R. U. Sirius
Origin San Francisco, CA, USA
Language English
Frequency NA
Active 1989 - 1998
Topics Cyberpunk, Cyberdelia, Technology, Technophilia, Cyberculture, Virtual Reality, Drugs
Number of Issues 17
Follows High Frontiers, Reality Hackers (Issue 6)
Precedes NA
Associated Publications bOING bOING, Wired Magazine, FringeWare Review

Mondo 2000 was a glossy cyberculture magazine published in California during the 1980s and 1990s. It covered cyberpunk topics such as virtual reality and smart drugs. It was a more anarchic and subversive prototype for the later-founded Wired Magazine.


Mondo 2000 originated as High Frontiers in 1984, edited by R. U. Sirius (pseudonym for Ken Goffman). He was succeeded as Editor-in-Chief by anthropologist Alison Bailey Kennedy, a.k.a. "Queen Mu" and "Alison Wonderland".

Sirius was joined by hacker Jude Milhon (a.k.a. St. Jude) as editor and the magazine was renamed Reality Hackers in 1988 to better reflect its drugs and computers theme. It changed title again to Mondo 2000 in 1989. Art director and photographer Bart Nagel, a pioneer in Photoshop collage, created the publication's elegantly surrealist aesthetic. R. U. Sirius left at the beginning of 1993, at about the same time as the launch of Wired Magazine. The magazine continued until 1998, with the last issue being #17.

Featured Writers

Along with the print version of bOING bOING — with which Mondo 2000 shared several writers, including Mark Frauenfelder, Richard Kadrey, Gareth Branwyn, and Jon Lebkowsky — Mondo 2000 helped develop what was to become the cyberpunk subculture. Writers included William Gibson, Nan C. Druid (pseudonym for Maerian Morris), Rudy Rucker, Bruce Sterling, and Robert Anton Wilson.


Issue User Link Notes
Issue #1 (aka Reality Hackers #7) Famicoman Scanned 2016-08-12
Issue #2 Famicoman Scanned 2017-07-17
Issue #3 Famicoman Scanned 2016-09-06
Issue #4 Famicoman Scanned 2017-09-14
Issue #5 Famicoman Scanned 2018-12-19
Issue #6 Famicoman Scanned 2019-04-20
Issue #7 Famicoman Scanned 2019-04-28
Issue #8 Famicoman Scanned 2019-06-25
Issue #9 Beka Valentine / My Digital Bookshelf / Acquired
Issue #10 Beka Valentine / My Digital Bookshelf / Acquired
Issue #11 Beka Valentine / My Digital Bookshelf / Acquired
Issue #12 My Digital Bookshelf Acquired
Issue #13 My Digital Bookshelf Acquired
Issue #14 Famicoman Scanned 2016-11-11
Issue #15 My Digital Bookshelf Archive.ory Acquired
Issue #16 jessek Acquired
Issue #17 Famicoman Scanned 2020-12-23

Book User Link Notes
Mondo 2000: A User's Guide to the New Edge My Digital Bookshelf Acquired

Issue User Link Notes
How To Mutate (1995)
MONDO 2000 unpublished cover [1] (1991)
MONDO 2000 unpublished cover [2] (1991)
MONDO 2000 unpublished cover [3] (1991)
Sirius Television Proposal (1993)
Inside Silicon Valley (1989)
CYBERPUNK virtual sex, smart drugs and synthetic rock 'n' roll (1993)
MONDO MONDO (1992) bOING bOING parody of Mondo 2000

External Links

Official Site

Mondo 2000: An Open Source History