The Girl with the Matchstick Heart

Learning to be Human (Flame Tree, January 2024), pp. 175-180

Ed. Josie Karani

A fairy tale of tomorrow. 8-year-old automaton girl Vasilisa lives in a habitation module at the edge of the Oort cloud. When her father remarries and brings a cruel stepmother and two spoilt stepsisters into her life, Vasilisa is cast out in search of the Afanasyev space station and its fabled mainframe Baba Yaga.

Dragon architecture Friendly robot Grandma with owl helmet and flight goggles. Parachuting rhino

Prior to the North American release of Learning to be Human, E J contributed to two Flame Tree blog posts, discussing story inspiration (read here) and writing process (read here).