01 November 2007

Evolving Meme

I've been tagged with a meme, so I'll try to play along. The rules are a bit complicated (it was started by P.Z. Myers on Pharyngula, so go figure). Rules and results below the fold.

The Rules:

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 Ancestors:

My great-great-great-great-great-great-grandparent is Metamagician and the Hellfire Club.
My great-great-great-great-great-grandparent is Flying Trilobite
My great-great-great-great-grandparent is A Blog Around the Clock
My great-great-great-grandparent is The Anterior Commissure
My great-great-grandparent is Laelaps
My great-grandparent is Quintessence of Dust
My grandparent is An Evangelical Dialogue On Evolution
My parent is Exploring Our Matrix

My Questions (and Answers):

1. The best scary movie in sociopolitical dystopias is: Well, it doesn't quite fit the category, but I'm still going to go with the original Crow, may Brandon Lee rest in peace (and stop being subjected to horrid sequels)
2. The best song that moves me inexplicably in 80s pop is: Peter Gabriel Cetera's Glory of Love. That was '80's, wasn't it? Yes, it was. 1986.
3. The best classical story in Historical Fiction is: Hmmm... Well, for classical, I suppose I'd go with Dickens' Tale of Two Cities. For more modern, I'd go for Fred Saberhagen's Holmes-Dracula File. Come to think of it, Saberhagen may have had a story set partially in the French Revolution as well...but the title escapes me.
4. The best book appealing to both children and adults in Fantasy is: How about a whole series? Terry Pratchett's Discworld. If you want one specifically aimed at younger ones, A Hat Full of Sky.
5. The most fantastic melody of all time is found in: Star Wars, May The Force Be With You. This theme is first heard when Luke looks off into the horizon at the double-sunset in Episode IV. It's always been a favorite.

And now, to infect a few others:


I'm sure they'll all be eternally grateful, right? `/^


James F. McGrath said...

Get it right - it was Peter Cetera! (Good choice, by the way)

Qalmlea said...

Ack. I knew that; I even had Cetera in my head while I typed that... So why I typed Peter Gabriel is a mystery. I'll go fix it.

John said...

That's the song from Karate Kid 2, right?

I really liked it at first, but the radio station overplayed it until I couldn't stand it anymore. I haven't heard it for years now, so I'm sure I could enjoy it again.