Thus Spake Zuska

Primate Diaries passed this meme on to me. It was started by Scibling PZ Myers at Pharyngula as a means of demonstrating evolution in cyberspace.

First, 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 great-great-great-grandparent is Pharyngula.
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 Primate Diaries.

The best time travel novel in SF/Fantasy is: Woman on the Edge of Time by Marge Piercy

The best scary movie in scientific dystopias is: The Handmaid’s Tale

The best sexy song in pop music is: Where Life Begins by Madonna

The best cult novel in beat fiction is: Memoirs of a Beatnik by Diane DiPrima

The best high-carb food in Slavic cooking is the potato pierogie. (mmmmm…..pierogies….)

I am propagating this meme on to:

A K8, A Cat, A Mission

Fairer Science

Lab Cat

Naked Under My Lab Coat

Rants of a Feminist Engineer

Science to Life


  1. #1 Coturnix
    October 17, 2007

    I am so happy to see a couple of people so far add a food question! Pierogies – yum!

  2. #2 Abel Pharmboy
    October 17, 2007

    My mouth is watering! My grandmother was still making these doughwrapped miracles of the mortal world before she passed on at 96. Ive tried my hand at making them with some success but I just learned that my sister has Grandmas recipe. Perhaps we should have a Pierogi Festival at the NC Science Blogger Conference.

  3. #3 Penny
    October 17, 2007

    I’m sitting here eating a good California dinner of tofu and broccolini in peanut sauce (I’m not even kidding), and you go and write the magic word “pierogies.” I’m Scranton-born, see, so just the word is evocative enough to force me to buy some frozen pierogies tomorrow. And some butter. And onions. Well, and some jeans a size bigger will also be in order a guess…

    Oh, and Handmaid’s Tale–that’s extra-scary because of the Duke Chapel cameo, isn’t it?

  4. #4 Zuska
    October 18, 2007

    Pierogie-lovers of the world, unite!

    Yes, yes, a pierogie-fest at the NC Science Blogger Conference! Well, really, a pierogie festival anywhere sounds good. The bubbas in my hometown still make them at the church hall and sell them every so often. Mmmmmmm….

  5. #5 Kate
    October 19, 2007

    Mmm, pierogies. The savory ones are great (potatoes, spinach, meat) but you also have to try the sweet ones with a little creme fraiche or whipped cream: prunes, strawberries and blueberries are my favorites.

    I’ve responded to the meme! My mutated meme is here:

  6. #6 Eric
    October 19, 2007

    The Handmaid’s Tale is one of my favorites!

  7. #7 skookumchick
    January 6, 2008

    I have FINALLY done this meme. Read my post here: Thanks for tagging me, and sorry it took so long!!!

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