Tuesday, October 16, 2007

How come I'm always it?

Hipparchia has tagged me for 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 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-grandparent is Pharyngula.
My great-great-great-great-grandparent is Metamagician and the Hellfire Club.
My great-great-great-grandparent is Flying Trilobite.
My great-great-grandparent is A Blog Around the Clock.
My great-grandparent is archy.
My grandparent is Why Now?
My parent is Over the Cliff, Onto the Rocks.

The best comic fantasy novel in SF/Fantasy is: Last Call by Tim Powers.

The best “bad” movie in scientific dystopias is: Spaceballs.

The best drinking song in pop is: Hey Jude

The best slob comedy in film is: Animal House

In order to keep mutation alive, I’m passing the meme on to:

Prof. Twiffer, of the Intentionally Blank Page
Catnapping, the Odd Neighbor

(Why these two? They seem to know a couple people outside the clique, they may tolerate a chain letter, and because Hippy overlooked them on the first pass. I clearly need more influential friends.)

7 comments:

twiffer said...

ack! mutants!

dogscratcher said...

I think my "offspring" list will be similarly short.

Keifus said...

I hear you, but I have high hopes for young Twiffer.

bite said...

oh F^#%@

Too many damn Ks for this woman to keep up with. Keith, Kevin, Keifus.

Damn!!

But it is YOUR writing under the name Keith that is really amazing.

Now I am going to shut up before I confuse myself even more.

Catnapping said...

i just this minute learned that you tagged me. i had already responded to archaeo's tag.

it seems i have two dads. time to adjust my blog entry.

hipparchia said...

tim powers, huh?

i haven't read a lot of scifi or fantasy in recent years [the kittens have exposed me for the murder-loving creature i've become], but anything that combines las vegas gangters, arthurian legend, and t.s. eliot has got be worth looking into.

cfvdrf: chief ayurvedic radio frequency

Keifus said...

not to mention tarot symbolism and a crazy little bit of chaos theory. When Powers is good, he's really good, and this is probably his best novel.