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Kevin O'Gorman
Posted on Saturday, May 28, 2005 - 08:44 am:   

Sometime around 1994, I read an F&SF story to
my wife that we still remember, but have lost
track of, and now we'd like to find and buy
the issue it appeared in.

It purported to be *by* Swamp Thing, who was taking
an unsentimental but sometimes hilariously funny
look at his own existence. It was also sad in
parts, for instance he was trying to find a way
to help a stranded whale -- this was difficult,
because of course nobody would stay around to chat
with Swampy.

I've tried a bunch of search strings, and examined the titles of all stories from '93 to '95 but nothing rings a bell. I'm pretty sure,
but not certain that I have the era right, because the other story we had that sort of reaction to was "Jesus at the Bat" that appeared in the July '94 issue.

Can anybody help me identify this?

++ kevin
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Michael Samerdyke
Posted on Saturday, May 28, 2005 - 10:13 am:   

Didn't Stephen R. Boyett have a story or two told by the Creature from the Black Lagoon? I think that was in the early to mid-90s.
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Michael Samerdyke
Posted on Saturday, May 28, 2005 - 10:18 am:   

I think the story you mean is "Epiphany Beach" by Stephen R. Boyett in the April '94 F&SF. The sequel was "Current Affairs" in the Jan. '98 issue of F&SF.
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Kevin O'Gorman
Posted on Saturday, May 28, 2005 - 08:37 pm:   

Thanks Michael. I'm gonna order a copy of each one. I read aloud to my wife a lot, but this
was one of the first, and a good early memory for
us, so we want to preserve it.

++ kevin

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