Brent Spiner performed the likably naive android Lieutenant Commander Information for seven seasons on Star Trek: The Subsequent Era. His new ebook Fan Fiction: A Mem-Noir Impressed by True Occasions tells a fictional story wherein Spiner is stalked by an obsessive fan in the course of the early days of the present.
“The ebook is a hybrid,” Spiner says in Episode 493 of the Geek’s Information to the Galaxy podcast. “It’s a thriller, it’s a memoir, it’s primarily a black comedy, it’s a novel. There are issues which might be impressed by true occasions in it, there are actual individuals in it, and there are fully fictional individuals in it. So it simply appeared that was a great way to explain it, as a ‘mem-noir.’”
Fan Fiction provides a captivating look into the lifetime of a working actor whereas additionally that includes a zany thriller plot that sees Spiner romancing a pair of lovely twins who could or might not be stalking him. “I might have written the ebook and made it a totally completely different sci-fi present that this actor labored on who had a totally completely different identify, however I simply didn’t suppose it might be as enjoyable,” Spiner says. “It takes place 30 years in the past, so it was enjoyable for me to be younger once more, and attempt to suppose as my younger self.”
The ebook options appearances by a lot of Spiner’s Subsequent Era co-stars, together with Patrick Stewart, LeVar Burton, Michael Dorn, Jonathan Frakes, Gates McFadden, and Marina Sirtis, all of whose voices seem within the audiobook. “Patrick got here in to the studio, and we learn collectively,” Spiner says. “LeVar got here in, Dorn got here in. Jonathan and Genie had been in Maine, so we needed to do it over the cellphone. Gates got here in too. Marina was in London, so we did it over the cellphone intercontinentally.”
Spiner’s important objective was to entertain the reader, however the ebook additionally offers with critical themes of trauma and obsession. “Two of the themes that I used to be coping with—or making an attempt to take care of—had been concern and fandom, and I believe each of these issues are widespread denominators to all individuals,” he says. “All of us expertise concern—which may be the widespread denominator—and the truth that all of us admire or maintain somebody in excessive regard can also be, I believe, widespread to all people.”
Take heed to the entire interview with Brent Spiner in Episode 493 of Geek’s Information to the Galaxy (above). And take a look at some highlights from the dialogue beneath.
Brent Spiner on Star Trek and philosophy:
“[Star Trek] has grown right into a cultural phenomenon. I don’t know that anyone truly lives their life primarily based on the teachings of Star Trek, however actually they arrive into play, as a result of they’re all very optimistic, and I believe there are lots of people who plug into that. There are a number of issues about Star Trek which might be actually high-minded, notably simply form of the final acceptance of everybody&mdsah;it doesn’t matter what you appear like or sound like or consider in, there’s acceptance. [Gene Roddenberry]’s entire factor was that sooner or later we’ll have fun the variations in each other, and that may be very nice, wouldn’t it? And to a level there are individuals who try this, and I believe they’re amongst our more healthy individuals.”
Brent Spiner on movie star:
“It’s a very fulfilling expertise to place somebody on a pedestal, but it surely’s even higher to knock them off of that pedestal when you’ve put them on it. So I’d say don’t take it too critically. Most often it’s not notably actual. I hear from lots of people on social networks who really feel they’ve a private connection to me, however I don’t suppose it’s actually me. It’s Information. And I believe that sense of entitlement is the results of enjoying a personality that was accessible to all beings with out judgment, and that’s actually engaging. So I don’t suppose it’s actually about me a lot. … It’s not simply followers, it’s humanity, I believe, to like somebody after which to hate that individual since you love them a lot. It’s like someway they’ve taken management of you not directly.”
Brent Spiner on Information and autism:
“[Oliver Sacks] advised me about it years earlier than, however I didn’t actually put it collectively, as a result of I didn’t fairly perceive it on the time. However for the reason that years that I began doing conventions and assembly lots of people one-on-one, I’ve had so many children who’ve come as much as my desk and stated, ‘I’ve Asperger’s or ‘I’m someplace on the spectrum,’ and ‘Information was the character I might determine with on tv, and that’s been so significant to me.’ If I had recognized about it in full, if I’d actually understood it on the time, I most likely would have pushed the writers to jot down in the direction of that extra, and I most likely would have blown the entire thing, so it’s higher that I didn’t perceive, as a result of I believe it labored out fairly properly.”
Brent Spiner on watching Star Trek:
“We had been working 16 hours a day more often than not, 10 months out of the 12 months. I had learn the scripts, I’d memorized the traces, after which we had been into the subsequent episode. I believe I watched perhaps the primary 10, simply to get a really feel for the present and what was occurring, and after that I didn’t actually really feel it was time efficient to observe it, as a result of I’d already been Information 16 hours a day, I didn’t really want to spend my off time watching the factor I’d already learn. I knew how all of them turned out. I did a factor final weekend on the Skirball Heart right here in LA. It’s a museum, they usually’re having an entire Star Trek retrospective, they usually requested me if I’d come as a result of they had been screening ‘The Measure of a Man.’ … I stated, ‘I’m glad to return, however I’ve to be clear and let you know I’ve by no means seen it.’ So I got here in early and watched the present with all people else, so I’d a minimum of be semi-articulate.”