The Outer Periphery (paperback forthcoming summer 2024) - Andy Sturdevant

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The Outer Periphery: Amateur Spacecraft Designs from the U.S. Patent Office / by Andy Sturdevant / a 120-page paperback, 5.5 x 8.5 inches, forthcoming in summer 2024 from 50 Watts Books.

I am very excited to be publishing an expanded version of Andy's 2023 zine. If you previously purchased the zine from 50 Watts, you'll get a discount code for this paperback!


A collection of over 75 patent illustrations for functioning spacecraft and spaceflight technologies, designed by amateurs, hobbyists, sci-fi enthusiasts, engineers, and cranks. Ranging from “somewhat plausible” to “completely off the wall,” these drawings beautifully capture the delirious optimism of the space age. In the years between Sputnik and Challenger, sitting in your garage drafting a design for, say, a rotating spacecraft that produced an electric dipole on four rotating spherical conducting domes seemed not just like an interesting hobby, but an obligation to the future of humankind.

Want to place a wholesale order? You can find most 50 Watts publications on Faire, and/or you can email will AT for a full list (I distribute a few books not on Faire).

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