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.

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.

Details on our next title, releasing at the end of November, are now available. Presenting Enduring Chaos by Catherine Fitzsimmons, author of Aurius and Halcyon, and the second book taking place in the world of J. R. Dwornik’s Ruins of Change:

Synopsis:

Cursed with fearsome eyes and a dangerous gift, any chance of Damian Sires having an ordinary life was dashed the moment she was born. All her life, she has hidden her abnormalities and fought for acceptance behind the shadow of a veil and her respected merchant father.

When Damian’s power spirals out of control and casts her out alone into the world, she finds herself caught up in plots as old as the gods themselves. Bitter exiles, deposed nobility, clandestine knights, and a divine being with an ancient grudge all close in on the unstable power radiating from Damian.

Desperate to keep that power contained, she sets out with mysterious allies in an attempt to find someone who can help her in a world that fears magic. Yet the source of Damian’s ability is far more deadly than she imagined.

Visit the book’s official website for more information and for a chance to win a free ebook of Ruins of Change, and stay tuned to Brain Lag for more information as we get closer to the book’s release date.

A new section has been added to the website: authors. Here you can find bio information and links to author websites and social media.

With the addition of this section, I would like to officially introduce our first new authors, Simon McNeil and Hugh A. D. Spencer. Simon’s novel The Black Trillium, a postapocalyptic new adult story set in the ruins of Toronto, and Hugh’s novel Extreme Dentistry, a satirical horror story on Mormonism and oral hygiene, will be released in 2014. We are proud to include these titles in our upcoming lineup. Stay tuned as more information about these books is released over the following months.

We hope to see you at The Word on the Street, Toronto’s celebration of literature. Look for Brain Lag in the Fringe Beat section.

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.

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.

We hope to see you at Ad Astra, Toronto’s original scifi/fantasy literary convention, April 5-7 at the Markham Holiday Inn Hotel & Suites, where we will have a booth in the dealers room with all of our current titles.

We will also be celebrating the official opening of Brain Lag with a launch party on Saturday evening. Come join us in the penthouse, room 1401, from 6:30-8:30 p.m. on April 6. We will have refreshments, goodies, free samples of each of our current titles, a prize giveaway, an advance reading of an upcoming title, and more.

Also, we will be officially opening for submissions at that time, and to celebrate, we will be hosting an open pitch session during the party. Come prepared to pitch us your novel and you could be one of the first authors to join Brain Lag’s lineup.

Hope to see you there!