When I talk to other asexuals, a lot of them talk about the lack of fiction featuring asexual characters. I myself think there is not enough asexual fiction in this world, and I think the best thing I can do to promote asexual fiction is to buy it, read it, and then review it so that more asexual readers know about it. So that is exactly what I am doing for Asexual Awareness Week. Each day, I will post a review of a Less Than Three Press novel(la) from their ‘asexual’ category which is available in print.
Why Less Than Three Press? Because they have a convenient system for finding and buying a bunch of asexual stories all at once, which makes this project much simpler. I like it very much that LT3 offer all of the stories which I am reviewing in ePub, PDF, and my favorite format, print. I am also curious about the kind of ‘asexual’ fiction which an LGBT small press puts out. I have since discovered that Riptide Publishing also has a way to filter for specifically ace spectrum fiction, but I had already made my purchase from LT3 Press, and more than half of the Riptide asexual stories haven’t even be released yet, which means I can’t read them in time for Asexual Awareness Week. Maybe, once these Riptide Publishing stories are released, I’ll read and review them too.
The Asexuality Content Scale
There is a place for fiction where it is stated that a character is asexual but the story otherwise has nothing to do with asexuality. There is a place for fiction which is all about asexuality. Some readers are more interested in the former, and some readers are more interested in the latter. Therefore, I am going to rate every story for asexuality content on a scale of 1 to 10, with a 1 meaning a character says “By the way, I’m asexual’ and asexuality never gets mentioned ever again, and a 10 meaning that the story is about asexuality and almost nothing else. This scale measures quantity, not quality. It has nothing to do with whether story is good or bad.
Since this is a series of reviews for Asexual Awareness Week, I am going to put particular emphasis on how these stories present asexuality.
The first review is going to be:
How Not to Summon Your True Love by Sasha L. Miller We Awaken by Calista Lynne
We Awaken by Calista Lynne
How Not to Summon Your True Love by Sasha L. Miller
Dragonborn by Maeghan Friday
To Terminator With Love by Wes Kennedy
Open Skies by Yolande Kleinn
Lone Star on a Cowboy Heart by Marie S. Crosswell
We Go Forward by Alison Evans
The Zhakieve Chronicles by A.M. Valenza