Wham, Bam, Thank You, Sam!

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Title: Wham, Bam, Thank You, Sam!
Publisher: Whatever You Do, Don't Press
Date(s): 1990s
Medium: print
Fandom: Quantum Leap
Language: English
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Wham, Bam, Thank You, Sam! is a slash Quantum Leap anthology.

Issue 1

cover of issue #1, KOZ

Wham, Bam, Thank You, Sam! 1 has a front cover by KOZ. It contains 142 pages and was published in May 1993.

  • The Calavicci Seal of Approval by J.R. 1
  • Unforgettable by Colleen Moore 11
  • Forgotten Memories by Caitlin Stewart 52
  • There's No Place Like Home by Kate Murphy 53
  • Memory by Kay Silverman 55
  • I Should Have Told You by Caitlin Stewart 70
  • Killing Me Softly by Gena S. Durrell 71
  • To Have Loved and Lost by Kay Silverman 87
  • Pillow Fight by Caitlin Stewart 93
  • Together as One by Gena S. Durrell 97
  • Can't Cry Hard Enough by Leah S. 111

Reactions and Reviews: Issue 1

"Can't Cry hard Enough was one of the earliest Quantum Leap slash stories. This is what one reader had to say about the story when it was finally posted online:
"This is a terrific story. One of the first QL slash stories and still among the best.

AU - though one of the nice things about QL is that arguably *nothing* is AU - this story hits one of my favorite buttons: what would Al be like if...? In this story, Al is a research psychiatrist, Sam is his patient, and PQL never existed. Or did it? Does it exist now? Is this a leap? An alternate timeline?

These are the kind of questions Leah raises in a story's always tugged at my heart. I fell in love with this Al almost immediately - he is a quiet man, almost ascetic in his habits - yet Leah retains the soul of the Al I love. Sam is Sam - sometimes lost and heartbroken, sometimes sure of himself and sure of Al, and yet always able to find the "right" in what went "wrong".

Things you'll love:

  • My god, the whole premise. It's brilliant and original and thought-provoking, and Leah makes it work from beginning to end.
  • Al, if you don't mind different strokes.
  • The supporting QL characters, and how they get woven into the new fabric of Sam's life.

Things you might not dig:

  • Al, if you mind different strokes.
  • Is it real? Or isn't it? Not a good choice if you don't relish ambiguity.
It's great to see this finally available on the net. For those of you who haven't read it before, prepare for a unique treat. For those of you who have visited before, read it again. It's better than you remember..." Susan posting in 'Reader Recommendations,' undated.

Issue 2

cover of issue #2, TACS

Wham, Bam, Thank You, Sam! 2 has a cover by TACS. It contains 216 pages. It was published in 1994.

  • Letters of Comment by D. Readers 1
  • In Certain Company by Lynne Dhenson 6
  • Two Tickets to Paradise by Leah S. 7
  • Strange Weather by Betty Ann Smith 41
  • Missing Pieces by Elaine Monty 70
  • The Opening Farewell by Betty Ann Smith 82
  • Candlelighted Window by Lynne Dhenson 105
  • Shifting Sands by Leah S. 106
  • Ceremony of Innocence by Doreen Tracy 111
  • Solitude Shared by Lynne Dhenson 183
  • Home is Where the Heart is by Leah S. 184
  • Winner Takes All by Astrid Bootes 185

Issue 3

cover of issue #3

Wham, Bam, Thank You, Sam! 3 was published in 1995. The art is by Cheryl Meidinger-Carter. and RAGS. It was published in 1995. It won a 1995 STIFfie Award.

  • Letters of Comments D. Readers 1
  • Courtmartial Susan Gibel 4
  • The River of Dreams Doreen Tracy 15
  • Presents Carol Zara 81
  • Nor in Hope Lynne Dhenson 85
  • Caught in the Act Lauren Adams 101
  • Destiny's Game Leah S. 106
  • Reunion Lee Owers 125
  • And So It Goes Dana Kujan 128
  • Voices Carry Betty-Ann Smith 135

Issue 4

cover of issue #4, Cheryl Meidinger-Carter

Wham, Bam, Thank You, Sam! 4 The cover is by Cheryl Meidinger-Carter. It was published in 1995 and contains 199 pages.

  • Soulstorm by Leah S.
  • Time Out by Theresa Kyle
  • Never Be the Same by Leah S.
  • The Morning After by Susan Gibel
  • All the Way by Doreen Tracy
  • First Contact by Kate Murphy
  • Has the Moon Lost Her Memory by Lynne Dhenson
  • Age of Innocence by Doreen Tracy
  • People Will Talk yb Doreen Tracy
  • The Way It Should Have Been by Lee Owers
  • STIFfie Nominations by D. Fans
  • The Dream

Reactions and Reviews: Issue 4

Sandy: Wow, this zine is almost guaranteed to annoy/offend almost anyone. If Mysti only publishes stories that she really likes, she has very catholic tastes.

Rache: I'd subtitle it "The Saccharine and The Sordid (not that there's anything wrong with that)" if I dared. I enjoyed what I've read, but my zine tastes are pretty broad, and I didn't finish all the stories.

Sandy: First the basics. Mysti is a pretty reliable publisher, and the zine looks good overall, in much the same style as the other zines that What Ever You Do, Don't Press puts out. $20 for more than 200 pages, good margins, clear text, the usual.

Rache: One column in a larger font. I liked that as my eyes were tired when I started to read and it didn't give me a headache. I'm sure someone else could gripe about the fact that "the text isn't packed on a page."

Sandy: My only publishing quibble is the zine needed one last proof-reading of the final printout: sometimes words that were supposed to be underlined or formatted had strange printer problems, and all e's that should have had accents (like in naive) came out as little boxes instead.

Rache: Ditto. I was really annoyed with the sudden shifts to Courier font that occurred on a couple of lines.

Sandy: On to the stories: They are an interesting mix. Leah S. has a couple of stories (both fairly short: Soulstorm is 9 pages and Never Be the Same is 5.). They have her usual beautiful command of language (I still remember one quote "mortgaged your dreams to the government and sold your soul to the military", but they both have fairly weak endings: more slices of their lives than stories. The plot idea of [spoiler alert] Al hearing that Sam is bi, and playing with the idea in his mind, finally deciding to make a move, and then finding to his shock that the rumors were wrong, was lovely.

Rache: Soulstorm was a bit of a 'guilty pleasure' for me. Since I have a reputation among the Seattle crowd for liking hard-hitting realism, S&M and Hurt/Hurt-Comfort stuff, enjoying a gentle story like this is a bit of an embarrassment. I mean, the story has a 'lonely cabin on the beach' and a 'personal revelation in the midst of the storm.' You can't get more 'hearts and flowers' stuff than that. It did have enough angst to keep me happy, though.

Sandy: This zine also has some of the most explicitly drawn scenes of sexual violence I have read in a while (they would have stood out even in B7, and were definitely more than I expected in this fandom...which, of course, is not to say I didn't like it). These were two connected stories by Doreen Tracy, who, I must say, really has a flair for torture.

Rache: Mysti has posted a "graphic sexual situations" warning before these stories, but quite frankly, it still left me unprepared. When I think 'graphic sex' I think of insert shots or maybe a (please pardon the pun) 'blow-by-blow' description. These stories actually contain 'graphic sexual violence and torture' rather than 'graphic sexual situations.'

Sandy & Rache: Not that there's anything wrong with that!

Sandy: My single biggest objection to this zine was character rape, (C: as opposed to actual rape) which we've discussed before as one of the most subjective part of reviewing. Maybe I just have too restrictive a view of Sam, but one story showed him driving, not just after drinking, but so drunk he passed out within minutes of arriving at Al's house. Do I believe that? Not without *enormous* build-up--an argument could be made that Bodie is more like to freakout and start shooting innocent passersby then Sam is to drive drunk...

Another example: in Tracey's stories, we are supposed to believe that Sam was systematically tortured for months in his teen years, and then again years later, without explaining how this abused creature became the sensitive, level-headed, resourceful, trusting, wholesomely-prudish Sam that we love in the series.

Rache: Another quibble that will only bother someone who knows the difference between an angiogram and angioplasty: the Theresa Kyle story, Time Out, needed to have been run by a friendly nurse or health care professional before it was pubbed. The story over-stressed Al having an angiogram, and under-stressed having an angioplasty. I know the author was merely using these procedures as a plot device, but it still jarred.

Consumer Report Conclusion: Sandy: Most of these stories are short, non-complex, romantic stories with happy endings, split between whether Sam or Al knew they wanted the other before Sam first jumped, or after. All the stories are at least basically readable. I admit that I flipped onto the next story after a page or two on many of the stories, but 1) my first flush of excitement of the universe is long past, and 2) many of them were a little too hearts-n-flowers for me, so if that is what you're looking for, this could be a great zine for you. Be aware that most of these stories are written about men who are happy and comfortable talking (and talking) about their feelings.

Rache: Good read for someone who likes a variety of types of stories in this universe, likes or at least doesn't mind graphic torture *and* very sweet heart'n'flowers stories, and isn't too tied to the characterization of Sam shown on screen.... [1]

Issue 5

cover of issue #5, Theresa Lebrande

Wham, Bam, Thank You, Sam! 5 Cover is by Theresa Lebrande and RAGS. It was published in May 1996 and contains 142 pages.

  • Letters of Comment by Respondents
  • Happily Ever After by Carol Zara
  • Sam's Saltatorial Words of Wisdom by Khrystyna
  • Cry Like a Rainstorm, Howl Like the Wind by Betty Ann Smith
  • Sam's Saltatorial Words of Wisdom by Khrystyna
  • Gratuitous Bubble Bath by Leah S.
  • Al's View of the World by Khrystyna
  • The Mistake by Noel Goddard (In this pre-leap story, Sam has a few things to prove to Washington and to Al. A small note - this was my very first fanfic...ever.)
  • Sam's Saltatorial Words of Wisdom by Khrystyna
  • A New Beginning by Noel Goddard (Sam starts on his great leaping adventure, leaving Al behind Sequel to "The Mistake.")
  • Al's View of the World by Khrystyna
  • Undeniably Mine by Davina J. Pereira
  • Trust and Hope by Lynne Dhenson
  • Fools Get Lucky by Doreen Tracy
  • You Don't Bring Me Flowers by Lynne Dhenson
  • Sons and Lovers by Susan Gibel
  • Sam's Saltatorial Words of Wisdom by Khrystyna
  • Serenade for One by Lynne Dhenson
  • The Homecoming by P.J. Wollaston
  • Sam's Saltatorial Words of Wisdom by Khrystyna

Issue 6

Wham, Bam, Thank You, Sam! 6 Art is by Jo B.

  • I Betcha by Doreen Tracy
  • Anything Goes by J.D. Rush
  • Unravel from There by Alan Smithee
  • Some Things... by Lisa Martin
  • Love Never Ends by M.J.
  • The Straight Dope by M.J.
  • If at First You Don't Succeed... by Minna Harper
  • World as It was Given by M.J.
  • Bed of Roses by Leah S.
  • Al, I'm Only Dancing... by J.D. Rush
  • Secrets Yearned by Leah S.
  • A Constant Heart by Doreen Tracy
  • Echoes of Future Past by Minna Harper
  • Foreve in Blue Jeans by J.D. Rush
  • Nobody Has to Get Hurt by Leah S.
  • The Wide and Starry Sky by Alan Smithee
  • I Heard It Through the Grapevine by M.J.


  1. In 1995, Sandy Herrold and Rache posted this joint review of the zine to the Virgule mailing list. It is reprinted here with permission.