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Ronald Jones Answers Eleven Cyberfunk Questions

Updated: Feb 5, 2021

1. Tell us a bit about yourself.

I am a huge science fiction fan who decided one sunny…or it may have been an overcast day…to jump into the fray of becoming a literary contributor to the genre.

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

Total Recall captured my fancy long before I became aware that it was this thing called Cyberpunk. I enjoyed the Matrix movies, the first one in particular. Signal to Noise by Eric Nylund was a memorable novel.

3. What do you like most about Cyberpunk?

I like the idea of humans and machines interfacing on a mental level. Stories of the mind being downloadable software fascinates me.

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

For me Cyberfunk centers black characters in the narrative, in addition to including themes or ideas relating to a black history or culture.

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

Once Upon a Time in Virtuopolis.

6. Give a brief synopsis.

The protagonist of my tale is a detective investigating a murder. He soon discovers that the crime is more impactful than he could ever have imagined. The existence of the world as he knows it hinges on solving this mystery.

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

My main character, Carl Brewer, is a consummate professional with a set of skills and experiences that elevates him above his fellow investigators. His background becomes crucial to the way he approaches his current case, enabling him to think outside the box and call upon resources unavailable to his peers.

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

I’d say we’re on the threshold. Virtual reality, for example, is a step in that direction. But we won’t truly have crossed over into a Cyberpunk age until we have achieved an absolute mental meld of human and machine.

9. Would you become a cyborg?

Oh no. I like my biology too much to replace part of it with machine parts.

10. Could you love an A.I.?

Not in this present time. But I suppose if I were living in an age or a place where human/AI interaction was commonplace, and that interaction was based on equality and fraternity, then yes, such an environment could permit me to love an AI in a platonic sense. Romantic love? That would depend on how human a potential AI paramour appears.

11. How do we keep up with all things Ronald T. Jones?

You can keep up with my latest works on my Amazon page. I also have a Facebook page, Books and Short Stories by Ronald T. Jones. Check me out. You won’t regret it.

Read Once Upon a Time in Virtuopolis and 17 amazing stories in Cyberfunk! Preorder your book today. Release date: February 28, 2021.

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