ABOUT ME

I am a university student, Sci-Fi writer, and – newly – educational consultant, based between London and Prague.

My journey initially started with the pursuit of literature and support of literacy – I have written and published a novel, as well as led a fundraising campaign for Room to Read. However, with my entry at university, I have reformulated my mission to that of English and education.

The former is the title of my current degree at University College London, while the latter encompasses my efforts to help students with college applications through consulting, tutoring, and Personal Statement supervision or essay editing. Having recently gone through the admissions process myself, to both US and UK schools, and been accepted to 10+ of the best-rated institutions, I believe my familiarity with the various systems has granted me rare insights which I hope to pass on. I am currently open to inquiries and have worked on over 50 successful applications to Bachelor’s and Master’s programmes in several countries. 

Far from being compulsively stuck on university applications – though they did take much effort, stress, and time! – I hope to harness my knowledge to help others access Higher Ed, just as I had previously made literacy my primary passion. I see my current work as a stepping stone towards affecting real progress, improving educational equitability across the board, as well as realising my full potential even in these rapidly changing times. Since any and all schooling starts with self-education, I remain on constant lookout for opportunities to expand my knowledge beyond my degree: from flexible to multidisciplinary and from STEM to my old friend – Sci-Fi.

Key values of all my work: commitment, care, contribution (to others) and coffee.


Four funky facts about me:

(for those who are more pleasure than business)

  1. I have a varied cultural background and speak 4 languages. I also have a wishlist of another 2 I would like to learn one day.
  2. I have a notebook with the titles of all the books I have read since 2011. My younger brother has one too and we recently started competing for “Reader of the Year” title.
  3. I collect Starbucks City Mugs (and I obviously enjoy coffee, mostly home-brewed).
  4. My biggest adventure was visiting the US on my own during the 2019 polar vortex. I brought back some wool socks and, needless to say, a local Starbucks’ Mug.

PHILANTHROPY

Update:

While my official 2019-2020 fundraiser based on my novel is now over, I remain fully engaged in educating both myself and others regarding accessible and equitable literacy and schooling.

Although my primary focus at the moment rests on working my way – remotely – through university and managing possible career strategies, my work and study remains largely centred around literature and (Higher) Ed accessibility through freelance tutoring. Most importantly, despite the limitations imposed upon us by the pandemic, I am actively looking for new volunteering and non-profit endeavours to help learners, big and small, tackle reading, critical analysis, or quantitative skills.



My Literature for Literacy initiative – Fundraiser Completed at $1563

From a young age, I have been an avid reader, eager to explore other writers’ stories and eventually create my own. Being proficient in 3 languages has allowed me to follow my passion and appreciate literature through the lens of different cultures. I speak from the heart when I say that reading has molded my identity and experience, as well as my development as an author. For several years I have been a writer-contributor for our school newspaper, as well as a keen participant in local projects aimed at improving literacy and reading skills. My favourite recent experience would be helping a seven-year-old student improve her reading out loud as part of a school-wide initiative – as cliché as it may sound, the pure joy she expressed at being able to progress from thin books with big letters to longer narratives was absolutely irresistible!

Yet, as I researched literacy further beyond my home country, I was left shocked by how low literacy and education rates are in many corners of the world, even now in the 21st century. Through my effort to fully understand the problem, I found Room to Read – a non-profit committed to solving global illiteracy.

As a young author, I am fully invested in advancing the goal of improving literacy and education in any way I possibly can. I have hence pledged and subsequently donated 100% of all first-year proceeds from the sales of my debut novel Waterdown to Room to Read through my fundraising page:

give.roomtoread.org/Slabucho-Literature-for-Literacy

While my own contributions to the fundraiser have been concluded, I would like to offer warm thanks for every donation to Room to Read within this initiative, anonymous and otherwise! Together, as of January 2021, we have collected $1563 for this cause – surpassing my first modest goal of $1000. This is more than I personally could have hoped for and a major win for literacy development, in spite of the many challenges we have faced in the past year as a society.



Archived posts:

The Literacy and COVID-19 blog post offers the thoughts and message I would like to share with you in these difficult times. It likewise provides a statement concerning my pledge to donate the first year’s worth of my novel’s royalties to Room to Read in view of my current, global-pandemic-fuelled decision to reduce the pricing of Waterdown on whichever platforms possible.

My long-time-coming functional (il)literacy post is up in the blog section now, together with some awesome background research from the likes of UNESCO!

I’ve also taken a closer look at the global illiteracy causes, consequences, and solutions through a series of posts on this topic:

  • Check out my first entry.
  • The second update is here! Understanding the effects of illiteracy is key to solving this world-wide issue.
  • Finally, the solutions to global illiteracy – my last post in this series! Of course, I’m far from done with this topic: always researching and looking to learn and help as much as I can.

Please feel welcome to likewise read my blog entries about the International Literacy Day, as well as a few more words on global (il)literacy.

REVIEWS

“A proficient and appealing AI tale from a promising new author.”

Kirkus Reviews



Rating: 5 out of 5.

“Dramatic and highly conceptual, this excellent story by author Anastasia Slabucho will appeal to fans of the likes of Isaac Asimov for sure. Blending science fiction with science future and science fact, the bleak narrative style presents an eerie and clinical overview of a human world where A. I. innovation has led to inevitable ruin. The characterization of this world and the people within it is presented with excellent use of descriptive lexis and engaging dialogue, whilst the central presentation of Geo Spears herself is a triumph in building a broken hero. I felt for Geo despite her transgressions and followed her avidly through the campaign on which she rests her future hopes and legacy. Overall, Waterdown is a superb concept in itself, and one which is effectively realized through excellent writing, intelligent character work and a true sense of chilling disaster that stays with you long after reading.”

—Readers’ Favorite



Starred Review

“Anastasia Slabucho’s Waterdown is a dystopian, cyberpunk novel—a cautionary tale about genetic engineering that skillfully explores themes of choice, redemption and absolution… Her writing technique resembles a video game, where what’s happening, rules for the characters, and how they can move forward are revealed at different points… The story’s pace and flow are flawless, and the characters are utterly believable, with imperfections as well as virtues.

In sum, Waterdown holds a near-irresistible appeal to gamers and those interested in stories about AI leading to inevitable ruin and humanity’s efforts to challenge it.”

—BlueInk Review



Rating: 5 out of 5.

A thought-provoking sci-fi story that is as engrossing as it’s intriguing…

“…Skillfully blending plot and setting, Slabucho develops her technology-ruled culture in intriguing detail as she movingly captures her human protagonists’ profound emptiness. Shifting between a realistic depiction of a technology-ruled far-future (with the exploration of the moral and political implications of too-advanced technological innovations) and normal humans-ruled Earth (portions of this part are presented as Geo’s old memories of her sister and parents), Slabucho expertly contrasts humanity with technology, callousness with sentimentality, and tyranny with freedom and delves brilliantly into what it means to let artificial intelligence takes over.

Building steadily to a turning-point climax, the ending leaves scope for a follow up installment. Equal part intriguing and unsettling, this reflective tale will please every science fiction fan.”

The Prairies Book Review



Rating: 5 out of 5.

“This was a quick, easy-to-read novel that had me on the edge of my seat. I didn’t put this novel down, not once. Geo is a strong yet very charismatic character; she is one of those characters that stay with you for a long time. The idea behind Fusion A.I. is original; it is something that is scary because it seems so real. The author has done an amazing job at creating a universe that is at once believable and familiar. I was invested in the story because Geo was such a vibrant and intimidating character. The author explored her full potential, testing Geo until the very last of her strength, and helped her become a character that every reader would be proud of. This novel is a pleasant surprise that I was not expecting at all. Absolutely brilliant!”

—Readers’ Favorite



Rating: 5 out of 5.

“Waterdown by Anastasia Slabucho is a well-written book with an intriguing cover that made me wonder about this futuristic world where humans were controlled by an AI. At first, I found the segments of code to be a little distracting as it took me a bit of time to notice the individual prompts within the code that then helped me to understand Fusion. However, once I got the hang of understanding the coding, I found that it offered an additional perspective to the story. I personally found the story itself to not only be enjoyable but also emotionally moving and thought-provoking. Overall, I greatly enjoyed reading this book especially with the unpredictable ending, and I really hope the author decides to continue to write in this genre as she clearly has quite the gift for it!”

—Readers’ Favorite