Sunday, October 21, 2007


Bumping Ugly Memes

PZ Myearshertz, in a wanton act of naughtiness, cognoengineered an infectious meme and let it loose to do irreparable harm on an unsuspecting blogosphere. I was, in turn, infested by John Wilkins at Evolving Thoughts, leaving me feeling so cheap!

However, as any good organism would do, I'll try to pass it along:

In the meme, there is a set of questions all in 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 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 great-great-great-great-great-great grandparent is Pharyngula

My great-great-great-great-great grandparent is Metamagician and the Hellfire Club

My great-great-great-great grandparent is Flying Trilobite

My great-great-great grandparent is A Blog Around the Clock

My great-great-grandparent is The Primate Diaries

My great-grandparent is Conspiracy Factory

My grandparent is The Skeptical Alchemist

My parent is Evolving Thoughts

The following are my questions and answers:

The best sex/gender novel in SF/fantasy is:
The Left Hand of Darkness by Ursula K. Le Guin

The best page-turner book in Nobel-prize-winning fiction is:
The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck

The best series in television documentaries about science is:
The Ascent of Man by Jacob Bronowski

I am not as prolificate as some and am propagating this meme on only to:

1) Primordial Blog

2) Beautiful Biology

3) Thinking for Free

Aaargh! I've been memed!
Yes ... But I was gentle!
Oh, man - you've tagged me and not only did I not notice for six days (sorry!), but I don't even think I can come up with answers to participate!
I've never been a fan of SF / fantasy (I know, I'm weird for a science person) nor am I a huge fan of Nobel-winning fiction. I prefer eiher crappy novels or good non-fiction. So I'd go extinct according to the rules... sorry!
Oh, don't feel bad. These things a mere amusements not to be taken seriously at all. Strangling one of there memes in its cradle is no sin! ;-)
Augh, tagged, and I haven't even acknowledged your previous tag, yet! (Of course, neither has that Larner fellow -- at least, not that I've noticed, though I was offline for three weeks).

BTW: your RSS feed is playing nice with my Google Reader again. Welcome back to my personal blogoverse ;-).
Augh, tagged, and I haven't even acknowledged your previous tag, yet!

Don't worry ... I figure you've got about 8 1/2 months ...

BTW: your RSS feed is playing nice ...

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