Monday, August 29, 2016

To Rise No More, by Marie Brennan

(Historical Fantasy) In the spring of 1828, Ada Lovelace, aged 8, wants to learn to fly, with help from a secret woodland friend: a faerie swan-maiden. (5,454 words)

Rating: 3, Average

, by appeared in the issue of Beneath Ceaseless Skies (Issue 207).

Mini-Review (click to view--possible spoilers)

Pro: It's a pleasant, easy read. Ada's swan friend is mysterious and charming. The essential plot is how Ada Lovelace found her calling, and she settles on Babbage's machine, as we know she did in real life.

Con: The faeries contribute nothing to the story other than decoration.

Small nit: although the story says Ada was eight years old in April 1828, she was actually 12. By 1833 she's 17, which is correct.

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