Pharyngula’s Mutating Genre Meme Lands

Zuska sent me this meme a couple of weeks ago. It was started by PZ. I have the horrible feeling that I am not viable or going extinct or something. Let’s see how it goes for me.

First, the rules:

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 great-great-great-great-grandparent is Pharyngula.
My great-great-great-grandparent is Metamagician and the Hellfire Club.
My great-great-grandparent is Flying Trilobite
My great-grandparent is A Blog Around the Clock
My grandparent is Primate Diaries.

My parent is Zuska

My Answers:

The best political novel in SF/Fantasy is: Ursula Le Guin’s Left Hand of Darkness

The best scary movie in World War II dystopias is: The Tin Drum

The best sexy song in pop music is: The Stray Cat Strut

The best high-carb food in British cooking is: Spotted Dick with Golden syrup

I’m propagating this meme on to:

Both members of carbon-based curiosities

Homebrew and Chemistry