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Editing of UFO Historical Book


Client:  Anomalist Books 

Project:  Editing of UFO early airship manuscript/book

Based in San Antonio, TX, Anomalist Books is a on-demand publisher of unusual but always fascinating books. Genres span the spectrum of the imagination, from UFOs, Cryptozoology, Paranormal and Fortean, to Historical Mysteries, Psychic Abilities and Speculative Science.


Bastian was hired by Anomalist Books to edit The Secrets of Dellschau: The Sonora Aero Club & The Airships of the 1800s. She completed the editing of this factual “UFO historical mystery” manuscript within the publisher’s deadline and budget requirements. This is the first book-length account of Charles Dellschau, a highly talented illustrator of fanciful flying machines…or were they real, as some UFOologists believe? The answers may partially be found at The Witte Museum in San Antonio, said by those in the know to secretly house some of these art pieces in its archives. 


Dellschau belonged to the Sonora (California) Aero Club, whose members purportedly used an anti-gravity gas to power of series of experimental aircraft some 50 years before the Wright Brothers first took flight. Newspaper clippings from various parts of the nation in that era would be evidence of such activity. And then there are those illustrations, silent witnesses of amazing events?

World-famous UFOologist writer Nick Redfern, who reviewed the book, wrote: “Part-historical mystery; part-Fortean tale; part-X-Files; part-detective story; part-conspiracy; and all-engrossing, The Secrets of Dellschau is a great read for anyone wanting to learn about what may very well have been at the heart of some of the strangest tales of unidentified flying contraptions seen in the skies of 1800’s North America.” also has taken note of the book about Dellschau: "[Co-author] Pete Navarro spent 27 years studying Dellschau’s drawings and writings. According to Navarro, the story of the Sonora Aero Club and their achievements had been cleverly hidden by Dellschau in his drawings using several codes and unconnected sentences hidden throughout the work." 



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