The Pharyngula Mutating Genre Meme

December 6, 2007

The inestimable Dr. Free-Ride has tagged us with a meme which runs as follows:

There are a set of questions below that are all of the form, “The best [subgenre] 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] 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 blog you got them from, 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 ancestry:

My (great)^11-grandparent is Pharyngula.
My (great)^10-grandparent is Metamagician and the Hellfire Club.
My (great)^9-grandparent is Flying Trilobite.
My (great)^8-grandparent is A Blog Around the Clock.
My (great)^7-grandparent is Primate Diaries.
My (great)^6-grandparent is Thus Spake Zuska.
My (great)^5-grandparent is a k8, a cat, a mission.
My (great)^4-grandparent is Monkeygirl.
My (great)^3-grandparent is DancingFish.
My (great)^2-grandparent is “No One”.
My great-grandparent is Field Notes.
My grandparent is The Clutter Museum.

My parent is Adventures in Ethics and Science.

The best children’s novel in SF/Fantasy is: A Wrinkle in Time
The best recent career implosion in comedy is: Michael Richards’ Racist Rant
The best karaoke song in country music is: “Convoy
The best cult novel in classic fiction is: A Clockwork Orange
The best high-fat food in Mexican cooking is: copper cooked carnitas
The best dissertation-related words I ever received from a scholar are: “Cut about 3/4 of that proposal and we’re good”
The best syndicated cartoon in free weekly newspapers is: This Modern World.

I’ll tag:

Young Female Scientist

Dean Dad

Female Science Professor

mrs. whatsit

and you, DearReader.

3 Responses to “The Pharyngula Mutating Genre Meme”

  1. physioprof Says:

    This is just fancy blog-whoring, right?


  2. mrswhatsit Says:

    tag back!

    (not for the same meme, though–I’m not interested in creating an inbred strain)


  3. […] only got one more to go after this one.  It’s the Pharyngula Mutating Genre Meme and (as in real life) I’m waiting a bit before having […]


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