Presenting the cover art for the second book of the Awakening Earth trilogy by Dale E. McClenning, Divided Earth!


Preorders are now available on the Brain Lag store and will be coming to your favourite retailer soon.

Our fifteenth title, The Maiden Voyage of New York City by Gary Girod, is out! Please join us in welcoming this fast-paced, character-driven new scifi novel into the world. Also, we hope you’ll join us at our livestream launch party tomorrow, Saturday, May 16th at 4:00 p.m. EDT on Twitch. More details on the Facebook event page.

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Also, please check out our brand new Store link. Buy directly from Brain Lag for books printed in Canada on 100% recycled paper, below retail price, and show your support for our press. Preorders also available!

Lockdown notwithstanding, the books keep coming at Brain Lag! First, we’d like to extend a warm welcome to our newest author, Erynn Q!

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Their first book is part of our upcoming autumn lineup:

Promo image showing Brain Lag upcoming releases, DIVIDED EARTH in September and OTHER LONDON VOLUME ONE in October
First, on September 18th, we’ll be releasing Divided Earth, the sequel to 2019’s Innocent Earth by Dale E. McClenning. We’ll have a cover reveal in two weeks, on May 22nd, and will be releasing more information about the book at that time.

Then, Erynn Q’s book Other London Volume One: Welcome to the Other London, Brain Lag’s first middle grade title, will release on October 16th, with cover reveal coming June 5th.

Also, we’ve just updated the book listing to include filters so you can sort our titles to show only the kinds of books you’re looking for. If there’s another filter you think we should add, don’t hesitate to contact us.

We hope you’ll join us in celebrating all of our new books this year.


Presenting the cover art for our first anthology, The Light Between Stars! This collection, in honour of Brain Lag’s tenth anniversary, contains ten all-new stories from Brain Lag authors. More information can be found on the book detail page.

Also, just added, our first event of the year is coming up in two weeks: Breakout Con in Toronto. We’ll be right between the elevators and the registration desk and featuring Crowman, releasing in one week! Hope to see you there!

bl-summer-20-promoWe’re thrilled to announce that we will have two more new books releasing this summer, The Unseen Force by Catherine Fitzsimmons and The Light Between Stars!

The Unseen Force is the long-awaited sequel to Enduring Chaos and the second book in Catherine’s Sisters of Chaos trilogy. We’ll have a cover reveal on February 21st (in two weeks!) and the book will be releasing June 19th.

The Light Between Stars is Brain Lag’s first multi-author anthology! This collection of all-new stories from Brain Lag authors includes tales from worlds both new and familiar. The cover reveal will be March 6th and the book releases on July 17th.

More information on both books is already available, so check out our book listing and learn more about these exciting new titles.

Please give a warm welcome to our newest authors, David Rae and Gary Girod! David’s first novel, Crowman, will be releasing next March, and Gary’s first novel, The Maiden Voyage of New York City, will be releasing next May. We are thrilled to be bringing their books to Brain Lag.

The cover art for Crowman will be revealed on our website and social media Monday, October 21st, with an exclusive sneak peek at the Brain Lag booth at Can-Con in Ottawa, ON October 18-20! The cover for The Maiden Voyage of New York City should be revealed soon after. Stay tuned as more information on these upcoming books is released.

We are proud to present our next title and our first children’s book, A Jewel on Sapphire by Catherine Fitzsimmons!

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This chapter book (aimed at readers 6-9 years old) tells the story of Mia, a girl who lives on a space station and finds an alien she wants to keep as a pet.

The book will release in early October and will be on sale for the first time at Can-Con in Ottawa October 18-20.

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!

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.