Perihelion Science Fiction

Sam Bellotto Jr.

Eric M. Jones
Contributing Editor


Just Like [Illegible] Used to Make
by J.R. Johnson

by Molly N. Moss

Archimedes’ Gambol
by Eric M. Jones

Cynthia 2246
by Mark Ayling

Where the Rivers Meet
by Vincent Knight

A Woman’s Place
by Guy Stewart

Mindship Decommissioned
by Karl El-Koura

Anna Who Reached for the Stars
by Janis Zelcans

Mad Dogs Raid Mars
by Michael Andre-Driussi

Blissful Twilight
by Jessica Payseur


A Case for Nukes
by John McCormick

Nuns in Space
by Carol Kean




Shorter Stories

Comic Strips




Comic Strips



John Waltrip has been drawing comics for over 20 years. But he is only one half of the twin drawing duo of "the Waltrip Brothers," best know for their work on the Robotech Sentinels comics. They are the main illustrators of the “Guilded Age” web-comic.





bendayLizard Theory
Sets Oil Operators Agog

OIL OPERATORS ARE enjoying what they believe to be a joke perpetrated by one of their own kind who has solemnly asserted that the deposits of oil found in various parts of the U.S. are the direct result of the decomposition of some form of lizard which inhabited the Earth at a prehistoric period. According to this investigator, who sets forth his findings in the most serious fashion, the lizards inhabited a vast inland sea that extended from the Alleghenies to the Rockies. He believes these reptiles were from 40 to 80 feet long and weighed many tons each and
were largely composed of fat. When the upheaval took place which threw the plains above the water, all the creatures that were its inhabitants took refuge in pools and the water in these was gradually evaporated. As this water was being evaporated the lives of these amphibious animals were sacrificed and the fat was literally boiled out of them. The oil rose to the surface and was covered with a layer of dust and sand that became so heavy it sank. In the meantime, other lizards were being boiled out and a
new layer of oil formed on the top of the water, which collected its stratum of dust and sand and sank on top of
the first, thus forming the successive layers of oil-bearing sands and oil pools. The operator who set forth this
theory declared he believes some of the lizards were big enough to produce from 800 to 1,000 bbl. of oil. —“Popular Mechanics,” June, 1911