FRIDAY 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM

Join fantasy author Brandon Draga for the exclusive early launch of his new book, The Council of Tymenthia, book three of The Four Kingdoms Saga. Scheduled for release on May 3rd, Ad Astra attendees will have the opportunity to be the first in the world to get their hands on the next installment in this epic fantasy series that has been compared to The Riyria Revelations, Shannara, and the Drizz’t saga.

The launch will feature a reading from the author, as well as a Q&A and signing. Copies of all the books in the series to-date will be available for purchase.

Clockwork_Canada - D PerisienFRIDAY 9:00 – 11:00

Clockwork Canada: Steampunk Fiction Launch Party

Incredible machines, grand adventures, dazzlingly-reimagined history — join us for the launch of Clockwork Canada, an all-original anthology of Canadian steampunk. Showcasing authors from all across the country, the stories in the book utilize fantasy, horror, alternate history and retro-futuristic technologies to explore the Canadian identity and landscape in strange and wonderful ways. Friday, 9 pm to 11 pm, room number TBA


SATURDAY 12:00 – 2:00

nina-LL-interviewe-closer“Water Is… The Meaning of Water” a discussion on water with Nina Munteanu Internationally published author, teacher and limnologist Nina Munteanu explores one of the most important elements of Earth in “Water Is…” launching May 2016 by Pixl Press. Water is emerging as one of the single most important resources of Planet Earth. Already scarce in some aWater Is-pBook COVER (2)reas, it has become the new “gold” to be bought, traded, coveted, cherished, hoarded, and abused worldwide. It is currently traded on the Stock Exchange.

Part history, part science and part philosophy and spirituality, “Water Is…” combines personal journey with scientific discovery that explores water’s many “identities” and ultimately our own. Join Nina Munteanu for a frank discussion on water and her new book for sale this May. Materials included. Water will be served.

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SATURDAY 3:00 – 5:00

Pop Seagull Launch

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SATURDAY 6:00 – 8:00

Brain Lag invites all Ad Astra attendees to join us at our spring book launch party for Why I Hunt Flying Saucers And Other Fantasticals by Hugh A. D. Spencer and Tinker’s Plague by Stephen B. Pearl!

why-i-hunt-flying-saucers-coverWhy I Hunt Flying Saucers And Other Fantasticals collects thirteen of Spencer’s best-loved short stories, previously published in a variety of magazines and anthologies between 1990 and 2005. Malfunctioning household robots, an apocalyptic endless loop, potash-fuelled interstellar travel—these truly Canadian stories stretch science fiction to its limit and bring it into our backyards at the same time. Includes the Aurora Award-nominated story “Why I Hunt Flying Saucers”!

tinkersplaugeTinker’s Plague tells the tale of Brad Cooper, a Doctor of Applied General Technology, or Tinker, who brings sustainably-powered technology to the post-apocalyptic remnants of southern Ontario. In Guelph, he finds himself at the epicentre of a plague outbreak. Stranded without support as the villagers fight against the quarantine, he seems to be fighting a losing battle as the casualties mount. Previously released by Draumr Publishing, Brain Lag brings Tinker’s Plague back in print for the first time since 2013, along with its upcoming sequel Tinker’s Sea.

Join Brain Lag, Hugh A. D. Spencer, and Stephen B. Pearl Saturday from 6:00-8:00 to celebrate the launch of these new titles. Meet the authors, get a signed copy, and enjoy free snacks!

SATURDAY 6:00 – 8:00

Amanda Sun Book Launch

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SATURDAY 9:00 – 11:00

EDGE SCIENCE FICTION AND FANTASY PUBLISHING

Introducing two new EDGE books, J. A. McLachlan with The Salarian Desert Game and Arlene F. Marks with The Genius Asylum. Attend the launch of their books, and find out about other books by EDGE, at Ad Astra on Saturday, April 30 at 9:00 pm. Drinks, snacks, chocolate and PRIZES!