Monday, October 15, 2007

Mutant Meme Evolution

John of Archy bids me mutate this meme. So...
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-grandparent is Metamagician and the Hellfire Club.
My great-grandparent is Flying Trilobite.
My grandparent is A Blog Around the Clock.
My parent is Archy.

The best time travel novel in SF/Fantasy is:
Costigan's Needle
by Jerry Sohl.

The best scary movie in scientific dystopias is: Time Machine.

The best sexy song in pop is: "September Song" as performed by Walter Huston.

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

MacGears


Walking the Bereshires

Which leads to: why?
Read Costigan's Needle in the Fifties and expanded my imaginative horizons well beyond the mass conformity and Jr Republican training I was under going in public school.

The movie isn't all that scary. Until you start thinking about Wells' ideas. And their liklihood from our present vantage point.

September Song, along with the rest of Weils works, was a favorite of Earle's. I liked it. But it is only recently, some forty or more years on, that I can appreciate how sexy it is.

Go thou and do likewise.
--ml


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