Don't Give Up On Us, Baby

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Title: Don't Give Up On Us, Baby
Editor(s): Lucy Doty & Elaine Hauptman
Date(s): May 2001
Medium: print
Fandom: Starsky and Hutch
Language: English
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front cover by TACS
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frontispiece by TACS

Don't Give Up on Us, Baby is a 322-page Starsky and Hutch slash anthology.

The cover is by TACS. The interior art is by J. Jones, Ruth Kurz, Debbie Milliaian, Sarah Problem and Maureen B..

One editor says they considered the title, "Love is a Many Splendored Thing" as its title.

In the preface: "This zine is dedicated to love in all its permutations and to all the fans who still believe it after all these years."

The editors describe it as having romantic and sometimes sexually explicit stories that are "loving and romantic" with "happy endings... No death stories here, although you may find a bit of hurt/comfort."

From the Editorial

Eighteen years, That's how long it's been since Lucy and I first published Who You Know, What You Know and How You Know It in 1983. It's difficult to say if that one was just too good to top, if I'm the worst procrastinator on the planet. Actually, considering the fact that both the old and new zines contain 'adult' material and require age statements to purchase them, you could say that my previous zine is old enough to own this new one... Times have certainly changed in the past 18 years! Way back, when we published 'Who You Know..." I did it all by hand. That means I typed the whole zine on Black Beauty, my old Selectric typewriter, on oversized pages (so I could take the pages to Kinko's and pay .15 per page to reduce them to 85%) and I did all the titles and little graphics in presstype. And when I laid out the pages, if something didn't fit fight, I cut and pasted! And then I had the whole thing offset printed, and held a huge collating party where many of my friends helped me collate and bind the thing. Thankfully, those days are in the past. Lucy produced the zine hold in your hand on a computer.



Reactions and Reviews

[Crossroads]: "Crossroads" is well-written as well as refreshingly cliché-free, and explores a new topic in the Starsky & Hutch fandom - time travel. Starsky visits a psychic and gets a brief glimpse of a future he can now either work towards or attempt to prevent: him and Hutch as lovers. Unfortunately, while he does make a decision, Sarah stops her tale immediately afterwards. Still, even without a sequel, "Crossroads" is perfect as it is and uses both time dimensions to complement rather than detract from each other, in the end leaving the reader with the promise of a bright future. [2]
[Word Game]: You may have noticed that I am fascinated with the way authors put words together, make them flow and blend into a wonderful story. So this fic is actually about making words--playing Scrabble. Starsky wants a quiet evening, but Hutch is disgruntled. They're not communicating well until Hutch pulls out the quintessential word play game, and suddenly the subtle meanings become a whole lot clearer--and on a triple word score square, too. [3]
[99 Miles to L.A.]: If you loved Coffin for Starsky or Shootout, this is your story. Written by a professional RN, the story tackles the problems of what happens when a loving, passionate but closeted relationship is tested by one partner's long term illness and post traumatic stress and its accompanying pressures. The story is told in two parts, first Hutch's point of view, and then Starsky's. The differing points of view come at different parts of the story and help balance both partners' problems. This novel-length story was first published in the zine, Don't Give Up On Us, Baby, in May 2001, and edited by Lucy and Elaine. Starsky is recovering from Gunther's hit. He's living in Hutch's small Venice Place apartment, and Hutch is managing his recuperation. Hutch is also managing Gunther's prosecution and his full time job. Completely out of sick leave from taking care of Starsky while he was still touch and go in the hospital, Hutch is trying to do it all: manage Starsky's twice daily physical therapy, stay on top of the prosecution of Gunther, and fulfill his responsibilities as an active police detective. Starsky is physically impaired but improving, but both of them are struggling from symptoms of post traumatic stress – they both have nightmares and have trouble sleeping, and Hutch, who is managing nursing care, legal work, detective work, and housework, is quickly unraveling. Dobey finally insists Hutch start doing his regular job with a new partner. Enter Steve Bussell, handsome, good cop, martial arts expert . . . and gay. [4]


  1. ^ both stories are also here
  2. ^ a review by allaire mikháil recommendations by Allaire Mikháil, accessed March 20, 2012
  3. ^ from a 2010 comment at Crack Van
  4. ^ a 2012 rec at Crack Van