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A Collection of Dark Sci-Fi Stories

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Publication Date

September 3, 2024

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978-1-959565-42-0 (Paperback)
978-1-959565-43-7 (eBook)

About Limelight

Limelight is a collection of over twenty high-concept dark science fiction tales from near and far futures.

The title novelette—about a young woman brought back from near death by experimental tech, only to find her parents had her altered before she woke—anchors this collection which features five new exclusive stories alongside popular past works, including:

  • "Hush, Little Sister" (originally published in OBSOLESCENCE [Shortwave Publishing])
  • "Patchwork Girls" (originally published in Dark Matter magazine)
  • "The Medium's Assistant", a runner-up in the British Fantasy Society Short Story Competition (originally published in BFS Horizons #16 [British Fantasy Society])
  • "To Replace a Broken Heart" (originally published in Seize the Press magazine)
  • "Rent-A-Baby" (originally published in Thank You for Joining the Algorithm [Tenebrous Press])

Lyndsey's work explores the bright potential and the dark reality of our near and far futures through the lenses of connection and loneliness, love and heartbreak, autonomy and exploitation, desire and greed, wonder and despair. If you've ever imagined alternate futures, craved answers to the mysteries of the universe, or feared what might be lurking just beyond our reach, then you need this collection.

Limelight News
February 14, 2024
Today we are announcing the acquisition of Limelight, a collection by Lyndsey Croal. Limelight is a collection of over twenty high-concept dark science fiction tales from near and far futures…
About the Author

Lyndsey Croal is a Scottish author of strange and speculative fiction, with work published or forthcoming in over eighty magazines and anthologies, including Apex Magazine, Flash Fiction Online, Analog Science Fiction & Fact, and PseudoPod. She’s a Scottish Book Trust New Writers Awardee, British Fantasy Award Finalist, former Hawthornden Fellow, and a Ladies of Horror Fiction Writers Grant Recipient.

She has two titles with Shortwave Publishing: “Have You Decided on Your Question” (April 2023), a science fiction novelette, and Limelight (Sept 2024), a dark science fiction collection. She also has a number of other longer projects in the works, often at the intersection of science fiction and horror.


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A Dark Sci-Fi, Fantasy, and Horror Anthology