Speculations in Steele

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Title: Speculations in Steele
Publisher: Tongue-in-Cheek Productions
Editor(s): Sally Budd
Date(s): undated (v.1), 1986 (v.2)
Medium: print
Fandom: Remington Steele
Language: English
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cover of issue #1

Speculations in Steele is a het Remington Steele anthology.

Issue 1

Speculations in Steele 1 is undated (1984), contains 150 pages, and thirteen stories and poems.

inside page from issue #1, the single piece of interior art

The editorial says the idea for this issue came about at at a con:

It seemed like such a good idea at the time. We were all together at MediaWest*Con V, speculating on "Steel of Approval." and somebody (I certainly wish it hadn't been me) said, 'Why don't we collect all these wonderful ideas and print them before the fourth season premiere makes them all redundant?'

Well, the rest, as they say, is history, and you hold the results in your hands. Many people, nearly enough, grabbed their pens, pencils, crayons, typewriters, and word processors and let their creative juices flow. Poems, essays, stories, random thoughts, they're all here, and I daresay MTM won't come up with anything better. Different, perhaps, but not better.

I am tempted to comment on the entries, but I won't. That is for writers of LoCs and I hope to hear from them. I will comment on the format. This was not intended to be a 'zine. It was conceived as a collection of ideas to be passed around among friends. Somewhere along the line, it got away from me and took on a life of it's own. So it's sort of a 'zine...a very quick and dirty one. Next time I'll do better. It had to be done this way to be printed before NBC Week. I had no time for editing, fancy typing or deluxe binding. I had planned to print only contributors copies. My mailbox has rusted from the tearful notes I have received from people who love Mr. Steele et al but haven't' the time, talent, or other attributes to lend to this affair. So I have printed extras which I will sell at an exorbitant price. In short, what I want to say is, any crititsm for this effort should be directed to me. All the praise I reserve for the contributors.

  • Editorial Page by Sally Budd
  • Frontispiece by Kate Nuernberg
  • Let Me Be Me by Susan Segal
  • Steele Variations by Candy Streuli
  • Holt My Heart by Stephanie Wardwell
  • I'm Steele in Love with You by Susan Segal
  • Words of Steele by Kate Nuernberg
  • Steele by Deborah June Laymon
  • Laura by Deborah June Laymon
  • Nothing Left to Steele by Elizabeth Carpenter
  • Steele Waiting on Holt by Pat Gonzales
  • A Steele To Remember by , part one by Kate Nuernberg (Deborah Talley wrote part two in the next issue.)
  • Steele of the Cat by Susan Segal

Issue 2

Speculations in Steele 2 was published in 1986 and contains 213 pages. One of the stories includes Tom Selleck as himself, making it an RPF.

The art for "Defector" is by Matthew Beatty, various doodles are by Budd, all other art is by Kate Nuernberg.

front cover by Kate Nuernberg

The zine's editorial:

Don't you just hate those editorials written by bleary-eyed editors defending themselves against accusations that the 'zine is months behind schedule? Then quit reading and skip to the stories!

I call it the year of the three Hannibals --

The first Hannibal was that famous Carthaginian general who shouted, "Let's go, troops!" or its Latin equivalent and marched those elephants over the Alps and into Rome. He probably came up with the idea at MediaWest*Con B.C. 217. I know the feeling. Do a Remington Steele 'zine based on the fourth season cliff-hanger? Sure, why not? Piece of cake! Mush, elephants. Hic, haec, hoc!!!

Of course, that sort of delirium doesn't last long. by September, the anticipated publication of Speculations II reality was closing in fast. Personal computers broke down, personal relationships broke up, and I had a lot more excuses than submissions to the 'zine. Western civilization appeared to be on the brink of collapse. Everyone was waiting for the latest word from Hollywood, where Steele had been canceled, renewed, Bonded, unBonded, and (with a distinct lack of Protocol) enNobled [1]

The second Hannibal emerged -- the one who prompted the observation: "There's one thing we've got to get, Hayes -- out of this business!" [2]

About the time I decided to return the deposits and/or change my name and move to Outer Mongolia, an abrupt change of fortune occurred. Friends who had been threatened with extinction began to cooperate. the mailbox filled with with manuscripts from friends, friends-of-friends, absolute strangers, and others who had heard my desperate pleas for help. The phone bill decreased to a tolerable level (only three digits in front of the decimal), the Good Lord seemed willing, and the creek didn't rise. Well, not to o far, anyway.

Speculations II became a possibility and then a reality. As Hannibal Smith would put it: I love it when a plan comes together!" [3]


  • Steele Hoping, poem by Claudia Street Burton (4)
  • Steele in Love, poem by Susan Segal (6)
  • Steele Joined by Ruth B. Slocomb (7)
  • No Bonds for Steele, poem by Susan Segal (21)
  • Steele au vin rouge by Elizabeth Carpenter (22)
  • Steele Waiting for Orange Blossoms by Deborah June Laymon (32)
  • Steele in Hot Water by Pat Gonzales (35)
  • Steele Don't Know, poem by Susan Segal (95)
  • Steeling a Honeymoon by Thekla Kurth (97)
  • Commitment of Steele by Debra Talley (122)
  • Steely Notes and Forget-Me-Holds by Margaret M. Basta (123)
  • Steele in a Mess, poem by Susan Segal (163)
  • Steele in Love with Amy by Wilke (164)
  • Steeling Up for More, part two by Debra Talley (Kate Nuernberg wrote part one in the previous issue.) (208)
  • Defector by Danny Beatty (210)
  • Steele a Fan (212)


  1. ^ The series was cancelled at the end of the 1985–86 television season. During this time, Pierce Bronson was offered the part of James Bond in the film "The Living Daylights." Two months after cancelling the show, NBC executive Warren Littlefield reversed the decision, responding to an outpouring of support from fans and a sharp upswing in the show's ratings during the summer of 1986. Bronson then turned down the James Bond film part.
  2. ^ This is reference to dialogue in Alias Smith and Jones: Jed 'Kid' Curry: There's one we thing we gotta get, Heyes. Hannibal Heyes: What's that? Jed 'Kid' Curry: Out of this business! ... Hannibal Heyes.
  3. ^ This is in reference to the show The A-Team.