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Ashleigh Davenport Answers Eleven Cyberfunk Questions

1. Tell us a bit about yourself.

I’m Ashleigh Davenport and I’ve been writing for a long time but didn’t start showing the world until my comic book, VuDu Legends. I live in Marietta, Georgia with my husband and daughter. I’m constantly nursing my addiction to chocolate and bacon, which fuel my late night sessions of writing.

2. What’s your favorite cyberpunk book/movie/anime?

As of this moment, my favorite cyberpunk anime is Vampire Hunter: D. The mix of gothic and cyberpunk is fantastic to me. Just another testament that you can make genre blends, such as myths and technology, work together to create a unique and fun story.

3. What do you like most about Cyberpunk?

I like how the line between magic and technology seems to blur in most cyberpunk stories I get into. It doesn’t get very technical in how the technology works, which would lose me in the terms. But, it can open eyes to the possibility of creating magic in the wiring.

4. For you, what’s the difference between Cyberpunk and Cyberfunk?

I believe cyberfunk is the black extension of cyberpunk. Not only does this high tech/low life world have a black aesthetic, but black people have also influenced the technology and the use of that tech around them.

5. What’s the title of your Cyberfunk story?

Twisted Analog

6. Give a brief synopsis.

A struggling mechatronics student takes on a shady job to make ends meet, but runs into trouble when the upgraded android starts acting on its own.

7. What do you like/hate about your main character?

I like that Zakari is intelligent and a quick thinker. She weighs her options and chooses the best option. Something I wish I could do in life sometimes.

8. Are we heading for a Cyberfunk/Cyberpunk future?

We certainly are. It’s only a matter of time before we have assistant androids doing our bidding until they don’t want to anymore. Based on how many have acted during recent events, we won’t be winning that fight. But, on the way there, it will be a strange type of fun for a while.

9. Would you become a cyborg?

Becoming a cyborg does sound fun. Yeah, I would give it a try. As long as they don’t mess with my mind, I think it could work out. Although I’m sure there will be some ramifications, you only live once.

10. Could you love an A.I.?

I’m sure I can. Maybe that would be a tactic in the possible apocalypse I mentioned earlier. Just take a look at marketing. Advertisements have been able to pull at heartstrings within 30 seconds for a long time. Why wouldn’t an A.I. use the same process to reel in unsuspecting humans that crave connection? Especially if they needed them alive and well for further research or something. It’s a shame, how bleak my outlook on humanity is, but them be the breaks.

11. How do we keep with all things Ashleigh?

You can find all things, Ashleigh, through

Read Twisted Analog and 18 great stories in Cyberfunk! Preorder your book today. Release date: February 28, 2021.

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