This week’s episode of StarShipSofa features Bonnie Jo Stufflebeam’s short story “The Damaged”. It’s an unnerving story featuring androids with defects that unintentionally mirrors Philip K. Dick’s Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep.
“I wrote this during my time in grad school at Stonecoast. I don’t remember the inspiration, but I do remember when I turned it into mentor Elizabeth Hand, she commented on the obvious inspiration from Philip K. Dick’s replicants and the whole Blade Runner/Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? story. The problem: I’d never seen or read either. Embarrassed to admit that, I rented the movie and was surprised at the similarities.” – Bonnie Jo Stufflebeam (http://bonniejostufflebeam.com/2016/01/06/the-damaged-in-audio-on-starshipsofa/)