Battered Silicon Dispatch Box

Battered Silicon Dispatch Box

The Battered Silicon Dispatch Box (BSDB) is an independent, Canadian literary publisher, founded in 1993 by George A. Vanderburgh.

The press initially specialized in the writings about Sherlock Holmes and Sir Arthur Conan Doyle with the motto "The Sherlockian publisher of first and last resort." Since then the imprint has focused on detective fiction from the Golden Age, as well as pulp fiction serial characters from the 20th century in the series "The Lost Treasures from the Pulps." The press also specializes in new and otherwise out-of-print books by Canadian authors. BSDB has issued books under several different logos including The Other Door, Artemesia House, Mycroft and Moran, Hawk and Whippoorwill and The August Derleth Society.

The BSDB published over 425 titles in its first decade and a half, including a wide array of works of poetry, fiction and nonfiction by authors from Canada and around the world, including Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, R. Austin Freeman, Michael Harrison, David Hammer, Donald B. Izban, Vincent Starrett, August Derleth, Seabury Quinn, G. K. Chesterton, Arthur Morrison, McDonell Bodkin, John Russell Fearn, Clayton Rawson, Dorothy Sayers, James Hilton, Silver Donald Cameron, Everett Bleiler, Allen Hubin, Ronald Burt De Waal, Lewis Carroll, Denis Saurat, Frederick Davis, Merle Constiner, H. Bedford-Jones, Arthur Porges, Sidney Herschell Small, John Ulrich Giesy, Charles B. Stilson, Gordon Young, Emil Tepperman, Judson Philips, A.E. Apple, Maurice Level, John Robert Colombo, Jean Portugal, Hugh Garner, Hugh Hood, Stephen Leacock, John Buchan and Raymond Souster.

More than 221 titles are in development at any one time, and new titles are added every month in fits and starts. The Battered Silicon Dispatch Box is based in Shelburne, Ontario, Canada, and in Sauk City, Wisconsin, U.S., and is currently headed by George Vanderburgh. The activities and the future list of BSDB are governed by an active Editorial Board known as "The Sacred Six." The membership consists of Robert Weinberg, Illinois; Garyn Roberts, Michigan; Randy Vanderbeek, Michigan; Rodney Schroeter, Wisconsin; John Robert Colombo, Toronto; and George Vanderburgh, Shelburne, Ontario.

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