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Kyle Aisteach

Kyle writes science fiction and fantasy and is mouthy about QUILTBAG issues.

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Kyle Aisteach lives with his husband outside Los Angeles. Kyle earned his bachelor's degree from the University of Southern California with a degree in Classics and Theatre and his M.F.A. in Creative Writing from California State University, Fresno. He has at various times worked as an actor, a stage manager, a journalist, a video producer, a short-order chef, a marketer, a grocery store cashier, a science outreach professional, and a newspaper carrier. Some of these jobs he would go back to more readily than others. He currently teaches college writing part-time. Kyle has four cats, two dogs, and a tank full of tropical fish. Allergies -- to animal hair and changing tank water, respectively -- prevent him from having more pets. In his spare time, Kyle enjoys bicycling, weightlifting, running, scuba diving, and harassing people with different political views.

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Recovering Spitzer

Published Aug 8, 2019 · 2,148 words (8 minutes) · 155 views

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Today, we take America's leadership in space exploration for granted. But the future of outer space may not be American.

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Final Voices

Published Jul 31, 2019 · 459 words (2 minutes) · 152 views

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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) · 199 views

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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 · 232 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) · 269 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 · 192 views

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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.

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