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Emma Washburne
Biographical information

2518 or 2519


None, born on Serenity



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Hoban Washburne (Father ; deceased)
Zoë Alleyne Washburne (Mother)

Ship(s) captained or crewed


Emma Washburne is the daughter of Zoe Washburne and her deceased husband Hoban Washburne. Born in Serenity approximately nine months following the discovery of Miranda, her birth caused medical complications for Zoe. The consequences of such is explored in the comic mini-series Serenity: Leaves on the Wind.

Biography[edit | edit source]

Zoe holding new born Emma, surrounded by the crew

Nine months after the discovery of Miranda, the crew's outing of it, as well as her father's death, Emma Washburne was born in Serenity's infirmary. Delivered by resident medic, Simon Tam, she was born healthy and was promptly named Emma by her mother -- although Zoe first did joke about naming the baby Hoban after Emma's late father. Unfortunately, Emma's birth arrived with complications, specifically internal bleeding for Zoe. 

After Zoe is left behind at the hospital, the crew (mostly Kaylee and Inara) switch off caring for her. She sleeps in Kaylee and Simon's bunk.

Behind the scenes[edit | edit source]

  • Zoe's pregnancy isn't a new concept to the Firefly 'verse. In fact, Zoe has appeared very pregnant in the previous comics Float Out and It's Never Easy.
  • Zack Whedon (writer of Serenity: Leaves on the Wind) discussed on the matter of Emma's name that: "“I just remember [the name Emma] feeling appropriate to the world of ‘Firefly’ and ‘Serenity,’ " Whedon said. "I wanted something that just felt sort of lovely and unaffected by all the terrible things that these people have gone through. Something pure.”

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