Brent Spiner’s New Book A Star Trek Mem-Noir
Brent Spiner has been playing the likably naive android Lieutenant Commander Data for seven seasons on Star Trek: The Next Generation. His new book Fan Fiction: A Mem-Noir Inspired by Real Events tells a false story where Spiner was stalked by an obsessive fan in the early days of the show.
“The book is a hybrid,” Spiner said in Episode 493 of Galaxy Geek’s Guide podcast. “It’s a thriller, it’s a memoir, basically it’s a black comedy, it’s a novel. There are things that are inspired by its real events, there are real people in it, and there are completely fictional people in it. So that seems like a good way to describe it, as a ‘mem-noir.’ ”
Fan Fiction provides an interesting look at the life of a working actor while also revealing a zany mystery plot that sees Spiner romancing a pair of beautiful twins who may or may not ‘ g appeared to him. “I could have written the book and made it a completely different sci-fi movie that this actor worked with with a completely different name, but I didn’t think it was as fun,” he said. by Spiner. “It happened 30 years ago, so I’m excited to be young again, and try to think about my youth.”
The book features most of Spiner’s appearances Next generation co-stars, including Patrick Stewart, LeVar Burton, Michael Dorn, Jonathan Frakes, Gates McFadden, and Marina Sirtis, whose voices can be seen on audiobook. “Patrick came into the studio, and we read together,” Spiner said. “LeVar came in, Dorn came in. Jonathan and Genie are in Maine, so we had to do it over the phone. Gates also entered. Marina was in London, so we did it intercontinentally over the phone.
Spiner’s main purpose is to entertain the reader, but the book also addresses the serious themes of trauma and obsession. “Two of the themes I face — or try to deal with — are fear and fandom, and I think those two things are common denominators of all people,” he said. “We all experience fear — that’s it the common denominator — and the fact that we all admire or admire someone, I think, is also common to everyone. ”
Listen to Brent Spiner’s full interview in Episode 493 on Galaxy Geek’s Guide (surface). And check out some highlights from the discussion below.
Brent Spiner sa Star Trek and philosophy:
“[Star Trek] became a cultural event. I don’t know of anyone who lives their life based on the teachings of Star Trek, but they definitely play, because they’re all very positive, and I think there are a lot of people who wear that. There are many things about Star Trek that are high-minded, especially a general acceptance of everything & mdsah; no matter what you look like or look like or believe, there is acceptance. [Gene Roddenberry]It’s all so that in the future we’re going to celebrate each other’s differences, and that’s pretty cool, isn’t it? And to some extent there are people who do that, and I think they are one of our healthier people.
Brent Spiner on celebrity:
“It’s a satisfying experience to put someone on a pedestal, but it’s better to drop them on that pedestal when you put it on. So I’d say don’t take it seriously. In most cases it’s not so much. that’s true.I’ve heard from a lot of people on social networks that they feel they have a personal connection to me, but I don’t think it’s really me.It’s Data.And I think the sense of entitlement is the consequence of playing a character that is accessible to all creatures without judgment, and that’s appealing.That’s why I don’t think it’s about me very much. It’s not just fans, it’s human, it’s mine think, to love someone and then to hate that person because you love them so much. It’s like they control you in some way. “
Brent Spiner on Data and Autism:
“[Oliver Sacks] He told me about it years ago, but I never put it together, because I didn’t understand it at the time. But since the years I started holding conventions and meeting a lot of people individually, I’ve had a lot of kids come up to my table and say, ‘I have by Asperger’s or ‘I’m on the spectrum,’ and ‘Data is the character I recognize on television, and that means a lot to me.’ If I still knew it completely, if I still understood it at the time, I might have pushed writers to write more about that, and I might have blown the whole thing up, so I’d better ‘I don’t understand, because I think it’s so good.
Brent Spiner to watch Star Trek:
“We work 16 hours a day on average, 10 months a year. I read the scripts, I memorize the lines, and then we’re on to the next stage. I think watching I was probably in the first 10, just to feel the show and what was going on, and after that I didn’t feel like the time was effective to watch it, because I had Data 16 hours a day, I really didn’t need to spend my time without time looking at something I’ve already read.I know how they all are.I did something that weekend at Skirball Center here in LA. It’s a museum, and they have a whole Star Trek retrospective, and they ask me if I’m going because they’re screening. ‘The Measure of a Man.’ … I said, ‘I’m glad to come, but I need to be clear and tell you I haven’t seen it yet.’ So I went in early and watched the movie with everyone, so I could be semi-articulate.