Pandoracon Session – CyberFunk!

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Cyberfunk: Cyberpunk From An African-American Perspective

Presented by Ofeibea Loveless, Valjeanne Jeffers, & K. Ceres Wright

During this Pandoracon panel, Ofeibea Loveless – Airship Ashanti, Midwest BSFA, Queen of Diamonds – will lead a Q&A with writers from the cyberfunk anthology, The City, who will discuss the similarities and differences between cyberfunk and cyberpunk.

Like the genre from which it gains inspiration, cyberpunk, cyberfunk is a genre of speculative fiction centered on the transformative effects of advanced science, information technology, computers and networks (“cyber”) coupled with a breakdown or radical change in the social order. Unlike cyberpunk, however, cyberfunk is expressed through an Afrikan / Black lens (“funk”). Often possessing a dark, gritty and cynical tone, cyberfunk includes elements of film noir, hard-boiled detective fiction and postmodern deconstruction.

Ofeibea LovelessOfeibea Loveless is a member of Cincinnati’s Airship Ashanti, which comes at steampunk from a West African point of view, and the co-founder of the Midwest Black Speculative Fiction Alliance.

valjeanne-jeffersValjeanne Jeffers, co-owner of Q&V Affordable Editing, is a science fiction/fantasy writer and the author of eight books. Her fiction has been published in Pembroke Magazine, Steamfunk!, Griots: A Sword and Soul Anthology, Genesis Science Fiction Magazine, Genesis: A Black Science Fiction Anthology Volumes I and II, PurpleMag numbers 7, 8 and 9, LuneWing, 31 Days of Steamy Mocha, Griots II: Sisters of the Spear, and Possibilities. Her novel, The Switch II: Clockwork, was nominated for the best ebook novella of 2013 by the eFestival of Words. Her short story, “Awakening,” was also published as a podcast by Far Fetched Fables. To see excerpts of her novels, go to

k-ceres-wrightK. Ceres Wright received her master’s degree in Writing Popular Fiction from Seton Hill University in Greensburg, PA, and her novel, Cog, was her thesis for the program. An accomplished poet, Wright’s science fiction poem, “Doomed,” was a nominee for the Rhysling Award, the Science Fiction Poetry Association’s highest honor. Her work has appeared in The CIty; Dark Universe; Genesis: An Anthology of Black Science FictionMany Genres, One Craft; among others. Her story, “Of Sound Mind and Body,” will appear in the upcoming Sycorax’s Daughters, edited by Linda Addison and Kinitra Brooks.

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