Sara K. blogs at The Notes Which Do Not Fit, and has written a number of book reviews of asexual fiction. She is continuing the ace tropes series.
Another few heart-pounding moments passed, and then Sal [robot] curled closer, rolling from her back to her side to press more tightly to Clara, hold her close. “I can’t—physically,” Sal said. “I mean, I’m not designed to be sexual. That’s to say, I can act on others, but I don’t want—”
“That’s okay. Me neither.”
“It’s not something I need from someone else,” Clara [human] said firmly, willing Sal to understand.
– “The Cybernetic Teashop” by Meredith Katz
Sometimes a story which has a nonhuman ace and/or aro – particularly a type of nonhuman who tends to lack emotion – also has an ace and/or aro character who is human and has a more typical set of emotions. For example, in the story excerpted above, there is Sal, who is a robot, and Clara, who is a human, and they are both ace. The presence of the human ace and/or aro character may signal that, just because the nonhuman ace and/or aro character is there, does not mean that all aces and/or aros are like that. Continue reading