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Thursday, October 25, 2007

Pharyngula Mutating Genre Meme

Tagged by Glendon, our accomplished science-loving artist!

A blogging and scientific experiment.

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. Fresh Brainz 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 grandparent is Metamagician and the Hellfire Club.
My parent is The Flying Trilobite.

The best time travel short story in SF/Fantasy is:
A Sound of Thunder by Ray Bradbury.

The best romantic movie in scientific dystopias is:
Blade Runner (1982).

The best sexy song in rock is:
All I Wanna Do Is Make Love to You (1990) from Heart.

I call upon the following to continue this scientific experiment:

The Ethical Palaeontologist

Evolutionary Middleman

Otterman Speaks

Live long and prosper!


The Flying Trilobite said...

Hmm, but which version of Bladerunner? Ridley Scott's cut?

Is A Sound of Thunder the one where the guy gets eaten by a giant 'brontosaurus' tick?

I remember the huge teased hair and pink & purple corsets of Heart. Ahhh, the Eighties.

Sivasothi said...

Aargh, tagged!

I squinted my eyes for all of a minute and I can't remember, sorry!

Have been trying to recall movie titles for clips in my head from science fiction genre movies with suitable invertebrate anecdotes but have failed miserably.

Hoping to get help from here:

Lim Leng Hiong said...

To Glendon:

Yup the director's cut. Something darkly sexy about it...

Deckard: I dreamt music.
Rachael: I didn't know if I could play. I remember lessons. I don't know if it's me or Tyrell's niece.
Deckard: You play beautifully.
Deckard: Say kiss me.
Rachael: I can't rely on...
Deckard: Say kiss me.
Rachael: Kiss me.
Deckard: I want you.
Rachael: I want you.
Deckard: Again.
Rachael: I want you. Put your hands on me.

...and I love the saxophone music! Vangelis kicks ass.

The short story of "A Sound of Thunder" is about a butterfly that changes everything. I'm not sure if there were giant ticks in it - maybe in the movie version?

Lim Leng Hiong said...

Hi Sivasothi,

Yeah, tough for me too. I haven't read or watched any sci-fi lately. Thanks for pointing out "Biology in Science Fiction" - an interesting resource!

Lab Rat said...

Nope, no giant ticks (the short story can be googled for).

There was also a spin-off series of books, based on A Sound of Thunder. If you value your sanity, stay clear of it!

Lim Leng Hiong said...

Hi Lab Rat,

Thanks for checking that out! I don't have any time for sci-fi lately, so looks like I'll get to keep my sanity for time being.


JK Wise said...

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Lim Leng Hiong said...

Hi JK Wise,

Welcome to Fresh Brainz! Yes, finding a niche takes time, I'm still trying to find mine... I'll be checking out your blog often. Have a good weekend!

The Flying Trilobite said...

Hmm, what story am I thinking of with the giant ticks?

Anyway, I remember the premise of A Sound of Thunder, just not the prose. The Simpsons did a particularly good riff on it.