October 10, 2007

The Pharyngula Mutating Genre Meme

There are a set of questions below that are all of the form, "The best [subgenre] [medium] in [genre] is ...".

Copy the questions, and before answering them, you may modify them in a limited way, carrying out no more than two of these operations:

*You can leave them exactly as is.

*You can delete any one question.

*You can mutate either the genre, medium, or subgenre of any one question. For instance, you could change "The best time travel novel in SF/Fantasy is..." to "The best time travel novel in Westerns is...", or "The best time travel movie in SF/Fantasy is...:, or "The best romance novel in SF/Fantasy is...".

*You can add a completely new question of your choice to the end of the list, as long as it is still in the form "The best [subgenre] [medium] in [genre] is...”.

You must have at least one question in your set, or you’ve gone extinct, and you must be able to answer it yourself, or you’re not viable.

Then answer your possibly mutant set of questions. Please do include a link back to the "parent" blog you got them from, e.g. Sentient Developments to simplify tracing the ancestry, and include these instructions.

Finally, pass it along to any number of your fellow bloggers. Remember, though, your success as a Darwinian replicator is going to be measured by the propagation of your variants, which is going to be a function of both the interest your well-honed questions generate and the number of successful attempts at reproducing them.


My grandparent is Pharyngula.
My parent is
Metamagician and the Hellfire Club.

1. The best post-Singularity novel in SF/Fantasy is...
Diaspora by Greg Egan

2. The best romantic movie in fictionalised biography is...
Shakespeare in Love

3. The best sexy song in rock is...
Magdalena by A Perfect Circle

4. The best cult novel in American non-fiction is...
Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas by Hunter S. Thompson

I shall attempt to disseminate my seed to:

Accelerating Future
Open the Future
The Red Scare

Anyone else who wants to accept my meme can also join in the game.


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Blake Stacey said...

Hey! We picked the same romantic movie in fictionalized biography.

Anonymous said...

Your crucial mistake may be a failure to ban or regulate modifications of the rules themselves!

Russell Blackford said...

Cool, let's see this thing thrive, and mutate, and evolve. Go, little mutating replicator!

Anonymous said...

Thanks for linking George. However, I've already been tagged with this meme, and you've linked to my old blog.

I recently moved to ScienceBlogs.

Anonymous said...

Actually, I've moved to here!

George said...

Thanks, Mo. I've fixed the links (including my sidebar link to you).