Little Dystopias

Little Dystopias

by Kyle Aisteach


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Kyle Aisteach is one of the most promising new speculative fiction writers to emerge this decade. We present here 17 of his stories – 8 never before published – along with captivating essays that take a look behind the magic (and the science). This collection 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."

"Little Dystopias is a fascinating collection of short speculative fiction and short nonfiction that explores the overlap between what Einstein called "thought experiments" and what Michel de Montaigne meant by essais. Highly recommended." -- Howard V. Hendrix

Little Dystopias is a fascinating and eclectic mix of science fiction, essay, and sheer experimentation. The stories brim with high-concept SFnal ideas and characters that will touch your heart and stay with you for a long time. This first collection makes Kyle Aisteach a writer to watch.” -- Robin Wayne Bailey

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781943305018
Publisher: Kyle James Keller
Publication date: 10/13/2015
Pages: 252
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.57(d)

Table of Contents

'That One' - An Essay
'Too Close for Comfort' - A Short Story
'Research Fail' - An Essay
'The Survivors' Menagerie' - A Novelette
'Little Dystopias' - An Essay
'Pressure and the Argument Tree' - A Short Story
'Breaking Rules' - An Essay
'Final Voices' - A Short Story
'The Real Wrong Dog' - An Essay
'The Wrong Dog' - A Short Story
'Taking Chances' - An Essay
'Eternal Love' - A Short Story
'Slushpile Nightmares' - An Essay
'Clockman' - A Narrative
'I Blame Ann Leckie' - An Essay
'A Fairy Tale' - A Novelette
'This Is My Story' - An Essay
'Nobody's Ancestor' - A Short Story
'Changing Visions' - An Essay
'Eternity Undone' - A Short Story
'Tabloid Weird' - An Essay
'Promised' - A Short Story
'Ideas Aren't the Hard Part' - An Essay
'Unforgivable' - A Short Story
'Interesting' - An Essay
'The Folklorist's Notebook' - A Short Story
'All the Tropes' - An Essay
'Another Generation's Problems' - A Short Story
'Writing What You Know' - An Essay
'Ward and Protector' - A Short Story
'Do I Make You Uncomfortable?' - An Essay
'Nobody Watches' - A Short Story
'Revisions' - An Essay
'Man of Water' - A Short Story

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Little Dystopias 1.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The author is so sure of his superiority that arrogance exudes from his essays. In many, he talks about rules that apply to well-written stories, brags about how he likes to break them, then proceeds to present to us a story that leads one to conclude that maybe he would have been better off following the rules after all. The stories often have no ending, but just stop, sometimes with what is supposed to be a twist or moral; it's really hard to tell.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Although the stories were reasonably well written, I thought that msny were quite ordinary.