Friends and Lovers (multimedia gen zine)

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See also Friends and Lovers (disambiguation).

Title: Friends and Lovers
Publisher: Timikro Press
Medium: print
Fandom: Multimedia (Multiple Fandoms)
Language: English
External Links: WayBack Archive link to publisher's website
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Friends and Lovers is a gen and het anthology, one that had an original focus on Remington Steele.

Description of Zine Series from the Publisher

The Friends & Lover’s Universe evolved from one simple thing; an intense dislike for the way Remington Steele ended. And from that humble beginning began what is called the Friends & Lovers Universe, so named because it took characters from some of our favorite television shows and made them friends and lovers.

Initially the universe only included Remington Steele and Scarecrow & Mrs. King. Laura and Remington met Lee and Amanda while in Washington DC looking for their missing secretary, Mildred Krebs, who had disappeared while visiting her childhood friend Jeannie, who just happened to be married to Billy Melrose.

Steele Stetson’s was published in The Eyes Have It! which is owned and edited by Jan Keeler of Wizard Works Press. In that same zine, Descoine’s Last Steele reintroduced Murphy and Bernice into the Steele’s lives, and incidentally added Perry & Della from Perry Mason to the family.

Francine Desmond and Murphy Michaels further strengthened the bond between the shows. Murph and Francine met in Denver, fell in love, married and eventually had children. The story of how they met has been published in Issue One of Friends & Lovers. More adventures are in the planning for this couple along with their friends, Lee & Amanda Stetson and of course, the Remington Steele’s.

Issue One also included the story that brought MacGyver into the universe. Compromises, set in California, explained the history of Lee Stetson and MacGyver. It also included the character Nikki Carpenter, from MacGyver. Nikki is very important to the Friends & Lovers Universe because she is the character that connects Scarecrow and Mrs. King with MacGyver. Nikki and Mac's story was also featured in Issue Three along with Echoes of the Past and Baby, Look At You Now!

Issue Two included two stories set in the Friends & Lovers universe. The Steele's and the Stetson's searched for Dotty in One of our Mother’s is Missing and in Ice Steele Stetson’s Lee and Amanda’s visit to LA is marred by a ghost from both couples’ pasts. The events in It's Eleven O'clock… in Issue Three further strengthened the friendship between the Steele's and Stetson's.

Later this year, we will add selections from Issue Four to our website fic archive including a Perry & Della relationship story, a Friends & Lovers version of Bonds of Steele, and an X-Files story that moves the Mulder & Scully relationship forward.

Issue Five will offer lots more, including two Remington Steele stories, a Friend's & Lovers wedding, and a Scarecrow and Mrs. King, Stargate-SG1 crossover.

We have dozens of stories yet to tell in the Friends & Lovers Universe, and it seems that there are always new additions to the family. You never know who will turn up. Future fics will include Magnum PI and Hart to Hart, and Jack, and Devon from Midnight Caller. Then, what about Harm and Sara from JAG, and Jarod and Miss Parker from The Pretender, or Sam & Bailey… you see how these things happen?

Issue 1

cover issue #1

Friends and Lovers 1 contains 35 pages.

  • a New Life by Debra Talley, with Thekla Kurth
  • other unknown content

Issue 2

cover issue #2

Friends and Lovers 2 was published in 1998 and contains 115 pages.

  • What We Didn't See: License To Steele (Laura Holt and 'Ben Pierson' take a ride along Mullholland Drive.) (Remington Steele)
  • Pinky & The Brain Move A Mountain By Dagny Scott (Lab rat Brain & sidekick Pinky attempt to take over the world—-again.)(KidsWB)
  • One Of Our Mothers Is Missing! (Dotty's got her pilot's license, but her flight's been delayed.) (Friends & Lovers Universe)
  • All Shook Up (The crew must find the cause of a series of shocks while they shake, rattle and roll.) (Star Trek: Voyager)
  • Steele For Better Or Worse By Debra Talley & Thekla Kurth (Laura and Steele's marriage of convenience.) (Remington Steele: Brendan Universe)
  • Lilacs And Larceny By Philadelphia Bingham (JB Fletcher solves a murder on picturesque Mackinac Island.) (Murder She Wrote & Murphy Brown)
  • Ice Steele Stetson's (A shared past threatens the Steele's and Stetson's.) (Friends & Lovers)
  • A Fable Master ( magician and storyteller Gil Scott weaves the timeless tale of a warrior and his life.) (Fantasy)

Issue 3

cover issue #3

Friends and Lovers 3 contains 132 pages.

  • Isle Of Avalon By Phillipa Campbell (Duncan and Joe encounter old friends and enemies on the road in England.) (Highlander)
  • Thank You By Mary Kleinsmith (Mulder gives Scully a precious gift.) (X-Files)
  • Don't Be Stupid (A letter from home gives Janeway new perspective on her relationship with Chakotay.) (Star Trek: Voyager & The Next Generation)
  • It's 11 O'clock…Do You Know Where Your Kids Are? (Jamie King & Mindy Piper find trouble on a DC field trip.) (Friends & Lovers Universe)
  • Echoes From The Past (Prequel to Baby look at you now, the reason Nikki left MacGyver.) (Friends & Lovers Universe)
  • Engulfed In Hell By Carol Burgess (Poem (Star Trek: Voyager))
  • Baby Look At You Now! (MacGyver is in for a surprise when he reunites with Nikki.) (Friends & Lovers Universe)
  • Steele In The Mood By Debra Talley & Thekla Kurth (Can Laura & Remington's love survive the tabloids.) (Remington Steele: Brendan Universe)
  • Festal Lights By Margaret Basta (Steele shares memories of Johnny Todd) (Remington Steele)
  • Lake Effect (Mulder and Scully spend a snowy night in West Michigan.) (X-Files)

Issue 4

Friends and Lovers 4 contains 91 pages.

cover of issue #4
  • Fare Thee Well (Officers from the USS Enterprise say good-bye to one of their own.) (Star Trek: Original Series) (1 page)
  • Bonded in Steele (Laura & Remington race the clock to outwit Norman Keyes on their wedding day.) (Remington Steele) (14 pages)
  • Lazy, Hazy, Crazy Days of Summer (Mulder & Scully return to West Michigan to solve a murder. Sequel to Lake Effect.) (The X Files) (15 pages)
  • Baby Boom (Lee & Amanda join a fellow agent to break a black market baby ring.) (Scarecrow & Mrs. King) (17 pages)
  • Where Do We Go From Here? (Perry & Della go their separate ways when Perry is offered a seat on the Appellate court.) (Perry Mason) (5 pages)
  • It's Steele Just Child's Play By Debra Talley & Thekla Kurth (Laura & Remington try to deal with their troublesome eldest son as their family expands.) (Remington Steele)
  • Resolutions By Kat Underwood (Duncan helps an old friend deal with a ghost from the past.) (Highlander) (3 pages)
  • So Rot in Jail!!! By Florine Atner (Who will come to Rick & A.J.'s aid?) (Simon & Simon) (3 pages)
  • Off to See the Wizard By Robert Barber (a Stargate SG-1 Cartoon) (1 page)

Issue 5

cover issue #5

Friends and Lovers 5 contains 108 pages.

  • Friends and Lovers Crossword Puzzle (1 pages)
  • Fare Thee Well (Crusher prepares to say goodbye) (Star Trek: TNG) (5 pages)
  • Three Words (After Mulder's disappearance, Scully reflects on words unsaid.) (X-Files) (2 pages)
  • Return To Oz (Lee and Amanda join the Wizard on a rescue mission.) (Scarecrow and Mrs. King/Stargate SG-1) (20 pages)
  • In The News (A humorous look at the news) (Multi-fandom) (1 page)
  • A Moment At Phil's (Murphy Brown and the FYI gang gather a Phil's.) (Murphy Brown) (2 pages)
  • The Case of The Beleaguered Bachelor (Francine Desmond and Murphy Michaels take the plunge.) (Friends and Lovers Universe) (19 pages)
  • What Does He See? (Francine Desmond talks to a new friend.) (Scarecrow and Mrs. King) (2 pages)
  • Can't Steele Without Her (Laura and Remington search their hearts while he searches for a missing Laura.) (Remington Steele) (24 pages)
  • Healings (Nikki Carpenter helps MacGyver heal body and soul in this post-Negotiator piece.) (MacGyver) (7 pages)
  • The Case of the Purloined Pendant (Laura and Remington team up with Perry Mason and Della Street on the trail of a pendant that holds a key to a part of Della's past.) (Remington Steele/Perry Mason) (25 pages)
  • In This Room (Doctor Beverly Crusher prepares to say good-bye to Starfleet, Enterprise and its captain.)
  • Crossword Puzzle Answer Key (1 page)

Issue 6

cover #6

Friends and Lovers 6 contains 84 pages.

  • In Memorium A Tribute to the late actor, Mel Stewart.
  • Old Friends (Lee and Amanda visit the White House.) (Scarecrow and Mrs. King/The West Wing) (3 pages)
  • Come Back To Me (Special Agent Dana Scully takes a desperate chance.) (X-Files) (22 pages)
  • Desert tête-à-tête (Sarah MacKenzie and Harmon Raab wait out a cloudburst.) (JAG) (5 pages)
  • Enough! (Jack O'Neill makes a critical visit home.) (Stargate SG-1) (9 pages)
  • Jade To Steele (Remington and Laura handle security at an art auction.) (Remington Steele) (6 pages)
  • You Make Me Weak (Perry Mason writes a letter.) (Perry Mason-Television Movies) (2 pages)
  • Thing (CJ Cregg and Toby Ziegler work late.) (The West Wing) (2 pages)
  • One Fine Day (Perry Mason and Della Street on holiday in Hong Kong.) (Perry Mason-Original Series) (5 pages)
  • Good-Bye My Friend It's Time To Go (Colonel Jack O'Neill says good-bye to a friend.) (Stargate SG-1) (2 pages)
  • Aunt Minnie's Maine (Amanda and Lee visit Amanda's childhood vacation spot.) (Scarecrow and Mrs. King) (25 pages)

Issue 7

cover issue #7

Friends and Lovers 7

  • Words and Deeds
  • Seek and You Shall Find
  • Summer of '63
  • Comfort
  • If Ever I Could Leave You
  • Whose Child Is This