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Perihelion Science Fiction is an American online science fiction magazine specializing in hard science fiction.[1] The first issue was published November 12, 2012, and it has maintained a regular monthly update schedule since. Perihelion has published fiction by authors such as Joseph Green, Ken Liu, Lela E. Buis, Aliya Whiteley, and Steve Stanton, including articles by National Press Club member John A. McCormick[2] and comic strips by Christopher Baldwin and John Waltrip. Sam Bellotto Jr., is the editor and publisher. Eric M. Jones is the associate editor. Perihelion Science Fiction pays semi-professional rates for fiction.[3][4][5]

Perihelion Science Fiction
EditorSam Bellotto Jr.
Contributing EditorEric M. Jones
Categoriesscience fiction
First issueNovember 2012 (2012-November)
CountryUnited States
Based inRochester, New York



Perihelion Science Fiction is published as an online webzine on the 12th of each month.[6] Content includes: short fiction; flash fiction; articles; comic strips; reviews of books, movies, and video games; reader feedback; editorials. The five most recent issues are maintained online at all times. The magazine is free to read.


Perihelion Science Fiction originated on November 1967. It was photo-offset, 40 pages, in black-and-white. It ran for only five issues.[7] As reported by Mike Ashley in his history of science fiction periodicals, Gateways to Forever, the magazine “presented a mixture of fannish news, articles, and fiction, including a heroic fantasy comic strip, ‘Alaron’ by art editor William Stillwell. Amongst its fiction was work by writers who would soon be selling professionally, including Robert E. Toomey and Evelyn Lief."[8] Further issues of Perihelion (April 1967-Summer 1969) were printed, with a professional style layout, with artwork by Vaughn Bodé and fiction by Dean R Koontz and David R Bunch. Bellotto did not pay contributors, and financial issues caused closure of the magazine.[9]

Over 40 years later, on November 12, 2012 Perihelion Science Fiction was relaunched as a professional online webzine.[10] It is now a paying market, currently offering one-cent per word.[11][12] Perihelion has been named one of the five best free Internet science fiction sites by Decades Review.[13] Lois Tilton reviewed the magazine in Locus Online.[14]


  1. ^ McCormick, John (2013-01-15). "Pulp SF on the Web". News Blaze.
  2. ^ "The National Press Club".
  3. ^ Duotrope listing for Perihelion
  4. ^ Eligibility list for Best Semiprozine Hugo Award
  5. ^ SFWA Membership Rules
  6. ^ "Duotrope".
  7. ^ "OCLC World Cat".
  8. ^ Ashley, Mike (2007). Gateways to Forever. Liverpool University Press. pp. 237–238. ISBN 1846310032.
  9. ^ "The Encyclopedia of Science Fiction". Retrieved 2012-10-18.
  10. ^ "Locus Online".
  11. ^ "Ralan".
  12. ^ Perihelion submission page
  13. ^ "Decades Review".
  14. ^ Tilton, Lois. "Reviews Short Fiction". Locus Online. Locus Magazine. Retrieved 6 February 2015.

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