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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. Open the Future 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-grandparent is Pharyngula.
My grandparent is Metamagician and the Hellfire Club.
My parent is Sentient Developments.

1. The best Post-Singularity Novel in SF/Fantasy is...
Feersum Endjinn by Iain Banks

2. The best romantic movie in Comedy is...
Groundhog Day

3. The best sexy song in rock is...
In This House That I Call Home by X

4. The best cult novel in serialized graphic storytelling (comic books) is...
Transmetropolitan by Warren Ellis & Darick Robertson

I shall attempt to disseminate my seed to:

Amor Mundi
Green LA Girl
In Situ
On Lisa Rein's Radar
The Skeptical Futuryst

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


Dammit. Time to get over my innate adversity to patois and read Feersum Endjinn.

Go, little replicator! Go!


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