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Donovan Hall Answers Eleven Cyberfunk Questions

1. Tell us a bit about yourself.

I’m an educator and a writer from Cleveland, Ohio, though I tend to spend most of my life outside the US as much as possible. So, I guess you could say I’m also an avid traveler and expat. I also really like D&D.

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

Ghost in the Shell. The original anime movie, not the underwhelming live-action one.

3. What do you like most about Cyberpunk?

I like how it explores the limits of the human soul, life, death, humanity testing the limits of what we as humans tend to view as the sacred things that make us special.

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

I suppose Cyberfunk explores the relation between the Afro-diaspora and advancing technology, and our own take on how well we’d be able to keep ahold of our humanity.

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

A Sunken Memory

6. Give a brief synopsis.

It’s about a cyborg who finds more than he bargained for in a long-forgotten part of a flooded and forsaken world.

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

My main character is very brash, a risk taker, but also willing to make sacrifices to help people.

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

Not sure. I’m honestly betting on climate change pushing us to the brink extinction in a couple generations, but maybe becoming machines will help solve that problem. Or not. I don’t know. But there’s a theme for your next anthology, Ecofunk.

9. Would you become a cyborg?

It depends, but likely yes. Once I’m old and no longer have much functionality in my fleshy body, I’d appreciate a second lease on life, one where I wouldn’t need to worry so much about disease, hunger, exposure to the elements, or time itself.

10. Could you love an A.I.?

Love is a vague concept. I could easily love an A.I. the same way one loves a pet. But if you’re asking if I could be in love with an A.I., I think so. To kindle a romance with a new form of life that can see the world in ways you can’t even imagine would be very arousing in its own sort of way.

11. How do we keep with all things Donovan?

a. I’m a very shy person, so normally I’d say you wouldn’t, but I made a twitter just for this very occasion. You can find me @Donovan49951130.

Read A Sunken Memory by Donovan Hall and 17 other amazing stories in Cyberfunk! Preorder your book today. Release date; February 28, 2021

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