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Five Young Adult SFF Books With Asexual Leads

From Banner of the Damned to Ace: What Asexuality Reveals About Desire, Society, and the Meaning of Sex to Tash Hearts Tolstoy to Let’s Talk About Love, asexuality is far less mysterious (and less dominated by robots and aliens) than it was five years ago in literature. Though it often feels like ace characters are limited to non-fiction or contemporary novels, there is a growing collection of characters in science fiction and fantasy that are acing it.

(It is a truth universally acknowledged, that an ace in possession of a good list of books, must be in want of a pun.)

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Five Books Featuring Medicine and Magic

I like the small things in fantasy, by which I mean I like germs and figuring out if the characters know about them. People in the real world didn’t know about germs for a long time, either (though many people put forth theories about spores, contagions, and small bodies and how to prevent their spread). Our previous theories and treatments made sense given what we could observe, and many fantasies draw from the centuries before we put names to the things that cause and spread illness.

There’s a terrifying tinge of dramatic irony to injuries in fantasy, especially when the reader knows the limits of the world’s medicine and magic. It is easy to cast aside the scientific history of a fantasy world when the focus of the story isn’t medical in nature, but good books still hint at their world’s medical knowledge. This part of world building can be so small that it’s nearly imperceptible, but as in medicine, small things can make all the difference.

Here are a few incredible fantasies where magic and medicine combine.

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