Introducing Brain Lag’s twelfth title, Innocent Earth by Dale E. McClenning! This compelling science fiction novel mixes first contact with ancient prophesy and a cast of fun characters trying to survive the changes coming to a future Earth.

Innocent Earth will be released February 15, 2019, but preorders are already starting to be available, so check your local or online book store now to be one of the first to own this delightful new story!

Also, stay tuned to our event calendar and social media pages, because we’re always adding new events!

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Convention season is coming up fast for Brain Lag! We hope to see you at one of our upcoming events:

June 1-3: Niagara Falls Comic Con
June 17: Brampton ComiCon
July 13-15: Ad Astra
August 2-5: Gen Con
September 22: Forest City Comicon

As always, keep an eye on our event calendar for new events as they are added, and follow our Facebook and Twitter accounts for up-to-date news on upcoming events and other author appearances.

Thanks to you, our readers and authors, 2016 was the biggest year yet for Brain Lag. The addition of our fifth author, Stephen B. Pearl, and his Tinker books, along with Hugh A. D. Spencer’s Why I Hunt Flying Saucers And Other Fantasticals and J. R. Dwornik’s Green Light to Paradise expanded the Brain Lag lineup by 67%!

In 2017, we’re working on getting out to more local events. Here is our schedule so far:

March 17-19: Toronto Comicon
April 1: Kitchener Comicon
May 5-7: Ad Astra
May 13: The Bookshelf
June 2-4: Niagara Falls Comic Con
August 17-20: Gen Con

Our event calendar will be updated as new events are added, and stay tuned to our Facebook and Twitter accounts for up-to-date news on upcoming events and other author appearances.

Finally, our submission guidelines have been updated. We hope that this update clarifies what we are looking for in submissions. Also note that we are actively seeking works by or featuring women and minorities. We believe in diversity in fiction at Brain Lag, so please spread the word so we can help bring more inclusive tales to life.

We’re looking forward to another great year!

We are thrilled to announce our tenth title, coming this summer, Green Light to Paradise by J. R. Dwornik!


June 20, 2016

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Milton, ON – Science fiction and fantasy publisher Brain Lag is proud to announce the August 4, 2016 release of GREEN LIGHT TO PARADISE by J. R. Dwornik. In this fun new science fantasy, super powers aren’t something to celebrate, but to fear. Private security force Sentinel keeps humanity safe, but Kali, infected with superhuman bad luck, finds Sentinel up to no good instead.

GREEN LIGHT TO PARADISE is the second novel by author J. R. Dwornik. His first novel was the 2011 epic fantasy RUINS OF CHANGE. Written in the style of a Japanese light novel, GREEN LIGHT TO PARADISE will feature original illustrations from four different artists.

GREEN LIGHT TO PARADISE will be released during Gen Con (http://www.gencon.com/), North America’s largest table top gaming convention, taking place August 4-7 at the Indiana Convention Center, 100 S Capitol Ave, Indianapolis, IN. Brain Lag will have a booth in the exhibit hall and the author will be on hand. The book will then be available for purchase by the general public in paperback (MSRP $15.99 CAD) and ebook (MSRP $2.99 CAD) formats in online and brick-and-mortar bookstores everywhere.

We are thrilled to announce the upcoming release of Tinker’s Sea, the highly-anticipated sequel to Stephen B. Pearl’s Tinker’s Plague!


Ebooks are already available for preorder! Visit the ebook purchase pages on Amazon and Smashwords and be one of the first people to own this exciting post-apocalyptic seafaring story.

Tinker’s Sea will be released during The Pirate Festival, happening July 30-August 1 at Marden Park in Guelph, Ontario.

Full press release:

Milton, ON – Science fiction and fantasy publisher Brain Lag is proud to announce the July 30, 2016 release of TINKER’S SEA, sequel to the post-apocalyptic scifi novel TINKER’S PLAGUE by Stephen B. Pearl. In a world ravaged by the exhaustion of fossil fuels, small societies in southern Ontario re-introduce modern technology, powered by sustainable energy, into lands without electricity. While fulfilling her Coast Guard service obligation, aquatic tinker Tabby Drivensky saves a boy who turns out to have information vital to stopping a pirate who has been plaguing the Great Lakes for years in an ancient, nuclear-powered submarine.

Stephen B. Pearl, a southern Ontario native, has written nine novels that run the gamut of speculative fiction from historical fantasy to military science fiction to paranormal romance. With a strong focus on the way advanced technology or classical mysticism affects the worlds he writes, Pearl brings the science into science fiction and the real world into fantasy.

In TINKER’S SEA, environmental and nuclear technology, medical procedure, seafaring, and politics form a backdrop to a story of how terrors from the past can continue to haunt the present, even after societal collapse. The book follows up TINKER’S PLAGUE, also published by Brain Lag in spring 2016, which readers have hailed for its realistic predictions of environmental changes, clashing ideologies, and both the advancement and devolution of technology in a world without oil.

TINKER’S SEA will be released during The Pirate Festival (www.thepiratefestival.com), taking place July 30-August 1 at Marden Park, 7368 Wellington Road 30, Guelph, Ontario. The book will then be available for purchase by the general public in paperback (MSRP $16.99 CAD) everywhere. Ebooks (MSRP $2.99 CAD) are now available for preorder and can be purchased from Amazon (https://amzn.com/B01F6FARNS) and Smashwords (https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/634390).

If you’ve been following the Brain Lag social media, you’ve seen that we’ve now posted four parts of Alan Gordon’s five-part interview with Hugh A. D. Spencer about Why I Hunt Flying Saucers And Other Fantasticals, along with a dramatic production of a scene from one of the stories and a complete radio play of the same story to our YouTube channel. Please like and subscribe to our channel, as we still have the final part of the interview to share, which is coming this Friday before Ad Astra.

We have also released the full schedules for Brain Lag authors at Ad Astra! Check our events calendar to see the many panels and readings that our authors are participating in. We will also be featuring these events throughout the week on our Facebook and Twitter feeds.

We are also thrilled to announce our double launch party during the convention celebrating the release of Why I Hunt Flying Saucers And Other Fantasticals and Tinker’s Plague!

Full press release follows:

April 25, 2016

Milton, ON – On Saturday, April 30, science fiction and fantasy publisher Brain Lag is hosting a double launch party celebrating the release of its two newest titles. The launch party will take place during Ad Astra, the science fiction, fantasy and horror literary convention taking place April 29-May 1 at the Sheraton Parkway Toronto North, 600 HWY-7 E, Richmond Hill, Ontario.

WHY I HUNT FLYING SAUCERS AND OTHER FANTASTICALS collects thirteen critically-acclaimed short stories by author Hugh A. D. Spencer. Featuring malfunctioning household robots, an apocalyptic endless loop, potash-fuelled interstellar travel, and more, these truly Canadian stories stretch science fiction to its limit and bring it into our back yards at the same time.

TINKER’S PLAGUE is a post-apocalyptic medical thriller by Stephen B. Pearl. In a world ravaged by the exhaustion of fossil fuels and environmental degradation, small societies in southern Ontario re- introduce modern technology, powered by sustainable energy, into lands without electricity. Brad Cooper is on his usual route in Guelph when a plague breaks out. Stranded without support as the villagers fight against the quarantine, he seems to be fighting a losing battle as the casualties mount. The launch party will also feature an exclusive preview of the cover art for the upcoming sequel to TINKER’S PLAGUE, TINKER’S SEA.

Both authors will be on hand at the launch party to give readings and sign autographs, and free snacks and drinks will be provided. All convention attendees are invited to join Brain Lag, Hugh A. D. Spencer, and Stephen B. Pearl in celebrating the release of these books. The launch party will be taking place in the penthouse suite of the Sheraton, room 1080, on Saturday, April 30 from 6:00- 8:00 p.m. The books will then be available for purchase by the general public in paperback and ebook formats in online and brick- and-mortar bookstores everywhere.

Accomplished Producer/Writer/Actor Alan Gordon (Fighting Words, 90 Minutes Live, Heaven Hell or Purgatory, Cannibal Girls) dropped by the McLuhan Center at the University of Toronto to talk to author Hugh A. D. Spencer about his new book Why I Hunt Flying Saucers & Other Fantasticals.

Insight? Insanity? Idiocy? Imagination? Watch to find out!


We will be posting a new part of the interview every two weeks leading up to Ad Astra, so stay tuned to the Brain Lag Facebook, Twitter, or YouTube channel to watch each piece of the interview as it releases!

The interview is also available as a podcast which you can download and listen to from our new media section here on the website.