All posts by Jonathan McCalmont

The Many Roads – and Solitary Path – to Believable Science Fiction

Back in black like an Australian hard rock band long past its sell-by date, it’s Blasphemous Geometries.

Blasphemous Geometries by Jonathan McCalmont

This month, Jonathan McCalmont addresses the issue of believability in science fiction – is the truth of a text based in its scientific accuracy, or somewhere else?

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All mediums are equal – an end to science fiction tribalism

Another month, another inadequate pay-cheque. More empty days and suffocating nights alleviated only by cheap hooch, regrettable takeaways and the occasional all-too-brief orgasm. This is your life… and this is the return of Blasphemous Geometries.

Blasphemous Geometries by Jonathan McCalmont

The critical language of science fiction is balkanised according to the media form which the work being discussed belongs. Jonathan McCalmont suggests it is the critic’s place to encourage a merging of genre’s disparate media tribes. Continue reading All mediums are equal – an end to science fiction tribalism

How to define a genre … and why not to bother

Blasphemous Geometries returns, ready to bask in your merciless indifference.

Blasphemous Geometries by Jonathan McCalmont

This month Jonathan McCalmont has been thinking about that perennial discussion that is mathematically certain to arise in any situation where three or more sf fans or critics are gathered – how do we define science fiction? Jonathan has decided that we should stop trying. Continue reading How to define a genre … and why not to bother

A virus with space-shoes – SF, YA and all that

Welcome back to Blasphemous Geometries – science fiction criticism that goes where sex ed. teachers fear to tread.

Blasphemous Geometries by Jonathan McCalmont

This month Jonathan McCalmont looks at the entanglement of science fiction with Young Adult literature, and wonders whether YA is the latest victim of science fiction’s aggressive expansionist tendencies. Continue reading A virus with space-shoes – SF, YA and all that