“The Damaged” in audio on StarShipSofa

Listen to my dark sci-fi story “The Damaged” on today’s StarShipSofa podcast.

“The Damaged” appeared in the January 2014 issue of Interzone and was reprinted online in January 2015 on Story.

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.

Listen to the story here: http://www.starshipsofa.com/blog/2016/01/06/starshipsofa-no-417-bonnie-jo-stufflebeam/

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“Trickier with Each Translation” in Lightspeed: Queers Destroy Science Fiction!

Queers Destroy Science Fiction! is a special issue of Lightspeed; all the editors and writers who worked on the issue identify as queer. My superhero story “Trickier with Each Translation” is exclusive to the ebook/print edition, available to purchase at $3.99 ebook, $17.99 paperback. Buy it here!

“The Damaged” — Interzone (January 2014)

My short story “The Damaged” appeared in the January 2014 issue of Interzone and was reprinted online in January 2015 on Story. It was released in audio by the podcast StarShipSofa in January 2016.

Art by Ben Baldwin
Art by Ben Baldwin

First line: “I can’t escape my job.”

Inspiration: 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.

Praise for “The Damaged”:

Buy a copy of Interzone, the high quality British SFF magazine where “The Damaged” first appeared (Issue 250): http://ttapress.com/interzone/backissues/

Read it for free on Story: http://www.storymagazine.org/2015/01/20/the-damaged/

Art: Oh Simple Things by Jennifer Stufflebeam

“He Came From a Place of Openness and Truth” at Lightspeed Magazine

My sci-fi story “He Came From a Place of Openness and Truth” is online for free reading today at Lightspeed! This story was inspired by one of my partner’s (kinda pornographic) dreams (fair warning: the story does therefore contain sexual content): http://www.lightspeedmagazine.com/fiction/came-place-openness-truth/

First paragraph: “Mickey and I worked together at Hillman’s Horror House, and maybe the thrill of scaring people was what made me notice him. I’d never thought about another guy that way before, and so when I first got that electric jolt as his hand brushed mine in the changing room, I felt like I might puke. I went to the bathroom, where instead of throwing up I jacked off into the toilet.”

There’s also an interview up with the story, where I talk specifically about the inspiration behind it and the depiction of sexuality within the story and, also, why cats are superior to dogs: http://www.lightspeedmagazine.com/nonfiction/uthor-spotlight-bonnie-jo-stufflebeam/

I’ve been a fan of Lightspeed! since I discovered it, and I’m psyched to have a story with them. To top things off, Galen Dara, one of my favorite artists, illustrated it. 😀

The story’s also available in ebook format. If you like it, please consider buying the issue or, even better, subscribing to Lightspeed!