Meta: ISFDB. First published in Edge of Infinity. I’ve read it in The Year’s Best Science Fiction: Thirtieth Annual Collection and re-read in his story collection.
Synopsis: A futuristic fantasy coming-of-age story set in some distant future on the moon with a protagonist who is probably some android form or a genetically engineered human girl of maybe some 6 years or something. An A.I. with androids ward the girl Tyche in the name of her parents and she drifts off to a Alice in the Wonderlands similar parallel world through a mysterious faery like door.
Review: Alice in the Wonderland mixed with science fiction – it might be the imagined reality in a child’s mind, you never know. I liked the story from the start with it’s first sentence „The ants arrived on the Moon on the same day Tyche went through the Secret Door to give a ruby to the Magician“, which perfectly resembles the style of the story. Tyche’s character develops over the course of a couple of pages, the plotline has a nice tension arc. The author weaves in loads of European mythology and Chinese references without explanation. This feels like a background pasture.