Good news for fans of science fiction and fantasy comes with the announcement of a new fiction magazine, ParSec. A powerhouse combination of the energies and talents of two of our most esteemed indie publishers, ParSec will be published by Pete Crowther’s PS Publishing and edited by NewCon’s Ian Whates and the magazine, which will publish four digital issues a year, will debut in August.
The line-up of authors for the first couple of issues is cracking, and I’m really looking forward to new stories by Ken MacLeod, Angela Slatter, Mike Carey, Ramsey Campbell and the wonderful Anna Tambour, among many others.
And Issue 2 will contain a story from me too.
Neighbourhood Watch is set in the same near-future, super-surveillance world as my novella, The Memoirist, a setting I’ve been hoping to get the chance to return to and explore more deeply. In addition to the ubiquitous robot bees this new story takes a look at the grey economy involved in skimming personal data from those who live around you. And cake. There’s quite a lot of cake.
There’s another Memoirist world story in the works too, but more of that another time.
ParSec is taking subscription orders now, with a special offer of under a tenner for the first four issues. Well worth your cash.