“Love and a Triangle,” Stanley Waterloo, 1899 – A man eagerly proposes to his love, but she is very talented and clever and has a deep interest in Mars. She compares herself to the heroine in “The Man With the Broken Ear,” who was also consumed by “a problem.” She agrees to set a wedding date if he can communicate with Mars, which he does via geometry. They work and dream together, he even more so after the wedding and the baby.
Comments: Perhaps an interesting portrayal of gender and male/female cooperative, intellectual relationship. Here, science and technology form the basis of a bond between male and female, versus those stories in which science is used as a means to control or define the female. Also interesting that the heroine compares herself to the heroine of another text, drawing an aspect of her self-image from a prior narrative. Available in Ancestral Voices: An Anthology of Early Science Fiction.
Author: Wikipedia: “Stanley Waterloo (1846-1913) was an American newspaperman, editor, newspaper owner, and author of both non-fiction and fiction.”