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.

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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!

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.

We will be at SFContario at the Ramada Plaza Hotel in Toronto at 300 Jarvis St. next weekend, November 29-December 1. Brain Lag will be in the dealers room all weekend and authors Simon McNeil and Catherine Fitzsimmons will be hosting panels and workshops throughout the convention.

Also, the official launch party for Enduring Chaos, the newest novel by Catherine Fitzsimmons, is happening during SFContario. The launch party is open to the public so come to the Courtyard room of the Ramada Plaza Hotel on Saturday, November 30 at 6:00 p.m. to celebrate the release of our fourth title with prizes, games, and more. RSVPs by e-mail or on the Facebook event page preferred but walk-ins are welcome.

For those in the Milton area, there will be a local launch event taking place at Recycled Reading on Main St. between James and Martin St. on Friday, December 6 at 3:00 p.m. Come meet the author, get a signed copy, learn more about this new book, and enjoy complimentary snacks and beverages.

We hope to see you at one of our upcoming events. For more information, please check out the event calendar or watch our Facebook page.

Thank you to everyone who came to see us at Ad Astra in the dealers room and for helping us make the launch party for Brain Lag a success. We spoke with a lot of great authors about their books and look forward to taking Brain Lag to the next level.

Submissions are now open. If you are interested in submitting your work for consideration, please read the new guidelines page. We would be very interested in hearing from you.

We have also started up a mailing list for news about upcoming events, promotions, new titles, and more. You can find the link to register for the mailing list in the sidebar to the left and get all the latest news on Brain Lag sent directly to your inbox.

Ad Astra starts tomorrow! Look for Brain Lag in the dealers room and join us at the launch party on Saturday evening, and look for author Catherine Fitzsimmons at any of her panels or take in an advance reading from her next book on Sunday! See the event calendar for full details.

See you there!

Author Catherine Fitzsimmons will be involved with several panels and other events at Ad Astra, Toronto’s original scifi/fantasy literary convention, in two weeks, including two panels with convention guest of honor and New York Times bestselling author Jim Butcher. Join her at any of the events where she will be participating:

Friday, April 5

10:00 p.m. – Franklin – I Love to Hate You – Ed Greenwood (m), Jim Butcher, Fiona Patton, Gregory A. Wilson, Catherine Fitzsimmons

Saturday, April 6

11:00 a.m. – Berczy A – Is the Stand-Alone Novel an Endangered Format? – Julie Czerneda (m), Robert J. Sawyer, Catherine Fitzsimmons, Jim Butcher

4:30 p.m. – Berczy B – Autograph session

6:30 p.m. – the penthouse (room 1401) – Brain Lag launch party

Sunday, April 7

10:00 a.m. – Ellesmere East – Writing High Fantasy – Marie Bilodeau (m), Catherine Fitzsimmons, K.W. Ramsey, Gregory A. Wilson

2:00 p.m. – Floor 2 Suite 2 – Author reading: Catherine Fitzsimmons
More information on these events can be found in our event calendar or on the Ad Astra website. We hope to see you there.