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The Quest for Creeping Charlie: 01/11/08
The fifth story in the January issue of Fantasy & Science Fiction Magazine follows a man's quest to find "the smartest of all the animals", the elusive megamensalopes. Muir, though, just calls them Creeping Charlies.
As with all quests, the search for the Creeping Charlies takes Muir around the world only to bring home. The quest though costs him his marriage and ultimately his life. While the story was cute, I'm not a fan of this type of story.
If you'd like to learn more about "The Quest for Creeping Charlie", I recommend the review and interview on the John Joseph Adams Blog.