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Little Dystopias

By Kyle Aisteach

Includes: "Another Generation's Problems," "Clockman," "Eternal Love," "Eternity Undone," "A Fairy Tale," "Final Voices," "The Folklorist's Notebook," "Man of Water," "Nobody Watches," "Nobody’s Ancestor," "Pressure and the Argument Tree," "Promised," "The Survivors' Menagerie," "Too Close for Comfort," "Unforgivable," "Ward and Protector," and "The Wrong Dog." "Highly recommended." -- Howard V. Hendrix “[A] writer to watch.” -- Robin Wayne Bailey

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Final Voices

Published Jul 31, 2019 · 459 words (2 minutes) · 149 views

Science Fiction

I think every writer has tried to write the "dialogue-only" story (especially those of us who love old-time radio). They tell us it never works. We call the effect "voices in the dark." But, for some stories, all that's left are voices in the dark...

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Clockman

Published Jul 24, 2019 · 783 words (3 minutes) · 194 views

Fantasy poetry

I wrote this narrative on a whim, and published it on my blog. I was surprised to receive a wave of enthusiasm about it. Who knew people would love a simple poem about a mechanical knight?

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Nobody's Ancestor

Published Jul 17, 2019 · 2,749 words (10 minutes) · 1 like · 226 views

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When I was first starting out, authentically gay stories were very hard to sell. This one was no exception, and though I think it's the most authentic gay story I ever wrote, it ended up not finding a publisher until I put together my collection. Like most authentically gay stories, it's a bit unusual: A man lives in a house with the ghosts of his ancestors. But are they really ghosts?

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Too Close for Comfort

Published Jul 11, 2019 · 3,343 words (13 minutes) · 262 views

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Near-future hard science fiction shows its age very quickly. In fact, one scientific fact in this story was proven wrong between the time it was accepted for publication and when it actually came out. That trend has continued since it was first published in 2010, but I remain fond of this one, largely because I still don't know the answer to the central question: Is a Neanderthal a human or an animal?

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Another Generation’s Problems

Published Jul 4, 2019 · 7,054 words (26 minutes) · 2 likes · 187 views

Science Fiction

This was always a particular favorite of mine, because I got to combine my love of hard science fiction with my love of old science fiction tropes. An American space station, now controlled by China after a war, is harboring a war criminal, and an idealistic engineer has to choose between doing what is right and doing what is right.