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.

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

WireService.ca 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 (http://www.brain-lag.com/). 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 (http://www.ad-astra.org/), 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.

ABOUT BRAIN LAG

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.

CONTACT

Catherine Fitzsimmons
Owner, Brain Lag
(647) 899-0714
publishing@brain-lag.com
http://www.brain-lag.com/

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!

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.

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.