Brain lag is proud to announce our next title, Why I Hunt Flying Saucers And Other Fantasticals by Hugh A. D. Spencer!

This book collects thirteen of Spencer’s best-loved short stories, previously published between 1990 and 2007 in a variety of magazines and anthologies including On Spec and Tesseracts and broadcast on a satellite network of National Public Radio in the United States. Includes the Aurora Award- nominated story “Why I Hunt Flying Saucers”! For more information, visit the book detail page.

Why I Hunt Flying Saucers And Other Fantasticals will be released during Ad Astra, Toronto’s original science fiction and fantasy literary convention, April 29-May 1. Stay tuned to this website or Brain Lag social media pages as details of the upcoming launch party are released!

Full press release follows:

NEW BOOK COLLECTS THE BEST STORIES BY HUGH A. D. SPENCER Press Release (01/11/2016) MILTON, ON – Science fiction and fantasy publisher Brain Lag is proud to announce the April 29, 2016 release of WHY I HUNT FLYING SAUCERS AND OTHER FANTASTICALS by Hugh A. D. Spencer. It’s a collection of thirteen of Spencer’s best-loved short stories, including the Aurora Award-nominated “Why I Hunt Flying Saucers”.

WHY I HUNT FLYING SAUCERS AND OTHER FANTASTICALS features malfunctioning household robots, an apocalyptic endless loop, potash-fuelled interstellar travel, and more, promising a blend of outrageous science fiction with truly Canadian roots. For a complete list of stories included in the collection, visit Brain Lag’s website ( The book also includes all-new introductions to each story by the author as well as a foreword by Dr. John Colarusso, Professor of Linguistics at McMaster University.

Hugh A. D. Spencer has been a part of the Canadian science fiction community for over 25 years. His first novel, EXTREME DENTISTRY, also published by Brain Lag, was released in 2014. His short stories have previously been published in a variety of magazines and anthologies over the years, including ON SPEC, TESSERACTS, and OMINOUS REALITIES: THE ANTHOLOGY OF SPECULATIVE HORRORS, and broadcast on a satellite network of National Public Radio in the United States. Spencer’s writing has been described as, “Lucid, lyrical, and savvy,” by Paul Levinson, author of UNBURNING ALEXANDRIA and THE SILK CODE. Cory Doctorow, author of LITTLE BROTHER and HOMELAND, says of Spencer’s writing: “Hugh’s work never fails to crack me up and make me think.” Dale Sproule, author of PSYCHEDELIA GOTHIQUE, says: “If you like to laugh and cower at the same time, if you like science fiction that is simultaneously progressive and retro, then you need to read this. Like nothing I’ve ever read before. Highly recommended.”

WHY I HUNT FLYING SAUCERS AND OTHER FANTASTICALS will be released during Ad Astra (, the science fiction, fantasy and horror convention taking place April 29-May 1 at the Sheraton Parkway Toronto North, 600 HWY-7 E, Richmond Hill, Ontario. 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.


Brain Lag is a publisher of science fiction and fantasy books based in Milton, Ontario. Operating since 2010, Brain Lag focuses on new and GTA-based authors. WHY I HUNT FLYING SAUCERS AND OTHER FANTASTICALS is Brain Lag’s seventh title and first short story anthology.


Catherine Fitzsimmons
Owner, Brain Lag
(647) 899-0714


Thank you to everyone who came out to see us at Ad Astra last weekend! It was a fantastic event both at our booth in the dealers room and with the many events that our authors participated in. Our exclusive preview of our next title, The Black Trillium by Simon McNeil, was very warmly received, and so we are proud to release the cover art for The Black Trillium!


This post-apocalyptic wuxia fantasy, set in the ruins of Toronto, will be released on June 27. Ebooks are available for preorder in some major ebook retailers and will be appearing in more over the coming weeks, so order your copy and be one of the first to read this exciting new adult story. More details on the book are available on the book detail page.

We hope you’ll join us in welcoming Simon McNeil to the family of Brain Lag authors and will join us for the launch party of The Black Trillium this summer in Toronto. Stay tuned to our social media outlets or sign up for our mailing list for details as they’re released.

Brain Lag’s next confirmed appearance is at Ad Astra in Richmond Hill, Ontario (just outside Toronto) April 10-12. We will be in the dealers room all weekend with all of our titles and authors Catherine Fitzsimmons and Simon McNeil will be hosting panels and readings at the convention. We will also be giving presentations on our current and upcoming titles on the new demo stage outside the dealers room. Stay tuned as the schedules for these exciting events are released.

We are also very excited to be featuring exclusive sneak peeks at our next title, The Black Trillium by Simon McNeil! This debut novel is a post-apocalyptic wuxia fantasy set in the ruins of a far future Toronto, which will release this summer. Ad Astra attendees can be the first to view the cover art and a preview of the book and take in a reading by the author.

You can also see Simon McNeil at the Toronto Specfic Colloquium next Saturday, March 7th at ROUND Venue, speaking on the inseparability of art and politics. Hope to see you there!

Brain Lag now has an official YouTube channel. Here is where we will post news, interviews, Q&As, author readings, and more related to our authors and books. Check out our playlist of videos featuring Brain Lag authors and subscribe to be the first to know when new content is posted.

Our first video has been posted to the channel, the much anticipated trailer for Enduring Chaos:

Please like, favourite, share, and subscribe! We have a lot of exciting videos in the works.

Our next event has been added to the event calendar for June. Brain Lag will be returning to Faery Fest in Guelph, June 20-22.

Join us for a weekend of magic and merriment, and take in readings from local fantasy authors on Saturday and Sunday, including Catherine Fitzsimmons reading from her latest novel Enduring Chaos.

New events have been added to the event calendar for May.

Brain Lag will be in the vendors room at SuperFan ComicCon at the Better Living Centre in Exhibition Place in Toronto, May 17-19 (Victoria Day weekend). Author Catherine Fitzsimmons will also be there hosting panels on writing.

Also, ChiSeries Toronto will be hosting Hugh A. D. Spencer along with several other local authors, where you can take in a reading from Extreme Dentistry. Join him Wednesday, May 21 at 8:00 p.m. at ROUND Venue, 152a Augusta Ave. in Toronto. View the Facebook event page for full details.

Our newest title, Extreme Dentistry by twice Aurora Award-nominated author Hugh A. D. Spencer, is now available for purchase! Middle-aged, middle-income and lapsed Mormon Arthur Percy felt his life lurch from a difficult normality onto the rails of a carnival ride heading somewhere too much like the Twilight Zone for his liking. Perhaps it is more the “Anti-Twilight Zone” that Arthur enters—where vampires, shape shifters and ghouls are not gorgeous or glamorous but genetic parasites from a hideous communal intelligence known as the Hive. Who will save the human race? And what does all this have to do with Dr. Calvin Stewart, Arthur’s new dentist?

This tale of sarcasm, Mormonism, shopping malls, and more will leave you in stitches. Visit the book detail page to pick up your paperback or ebook today, and join us Saturday, April 5th at 4:00 p.m. during Ad Astra for the official launch party!