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).


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.

Welcome to the all new Brain Lag website! In addition to the new layout, header image, navigation menu, and of course the live Facebook and Twitter streams in the sidebar, take note that a lot of new content has been added to the site.

Most prominently, please note that we are now open for freelance convention services. If you are an indie author looking to expand your reader base, contact us about selling your book at our next convention. There is no up-front fee, we simply take a small commission from the sale of each book. E-mail us today if you’re interested.

Thank you for sticking with us and we look forward to moving into the new year together. Brain Lag would not be much without you, our readers, and we appreciate each one of you who go through the journeys in our books together. A lot of exciting things are in store for 2013, so stay tuned.

Just in time for Christmas, Brain Lag is giving away a copy of our newest book Halcyon, the cyberpunk thriller about a computer virus that infects cybernetic implants, over on Goodreads. Follow this link for your chance to win. Hurry, contest ends Saturday!

Goodreads Book Giveaway

Halcyon by Catherine Fitzsimmons


by Catherine Fitzsimmons

Giveaway ends December 08, 2012.

See the giveaway details
at Goodreads.

Enter to win


Thank you to everyone who came to see us at SFContario. Our 2012 convention season is now over, but it won’t be long before we make more local appearances. Spring 2013 looks to be busy with several conventions and possibly some other events as well. Stay tuned and keep a watch on our calendar of upcoming events for a convention near you.

We would also like to extend a warm welcome to Kellie, the newest member of the Brain Lag team. Kellie will be helping us out with publicity and promotion, so hopefully you’ll be hearing more about Brain Lag in the months to come.

Brain Lag is now on Twitter. Follow our page to keep up to date with the latest news. Social networking links have also been added to the bottom of every page, so it’s easier than ever to keep track of the goings-on here.

Also, we have opened our doors to freelance services. Even if you choose not to publish your novel with us, we can help you with editing, proofreading, interior layout, ebook conversion and more. Contact us with details on your project for a free consultation.

Thank you to everyone who stopped by our table at Fan Expo a week ago. Halcyon’s premiere has been a success and it was great meeting all the people who came by to chat or pick up a book.

Our summer convention season has come to a close. We will be appearing next at SFContario in downtown Toronto November 9-11. Stay tuned, though, as we have local events in the works in the meantime, and we are already working on our schedule for next year, which promises to be busier with more appearances at Toronto-area events.