Bonnie Jo Stufflebeam. The Damaged. (Interzone #250, Jan-Feb 2014)

interzone250The Damaged referring to the 1 in 100 that come off the Playmatez production line not quite right, and end their short robotic lives homeless, or living in a subway or dumpster.

Robin Kirkland works for the corporation who makes the robots, working on one small part of these near-human things. And she too is slightly damaged. She seeks an answer to the hollowness within by searching for something within the creatures she has a role in bringing to life, by ‘rescuing’ them.

Little about the external setting, but plenty about the insides of Robin and the various models of robots, and Stufflebeam handles the story-telling well.

More from this issue here.

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