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Memories of the Future - Volume 1 [Kindle Edition]

Wil Wheaton
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Book Description

From Encounter at Farpoint to Datalore, relive the first half of Star Trek: The Next Generation’s unintentionally hilarious first season through the eyes, ears and memories of cast member and fan Wil Wheaton (Wesley Crusher) as he shares his unique perspective in the episode guide you didn’t even know you were dying to read.
ENJOY snarky episode recaps!
EXPAND your Technobabble vocabulary!
AMUSE your friends with quotable dialog!
BOLDLY go behind the scenes!

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  • File Size: 661 KB
  • Print Length: 138 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Monolith Press (April 26, 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004Y74XAI
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #114,691 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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51 of 55 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars I remember this future.... January 1, 2011
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There's something inherently sad about child actors. They're called upon to do what older actors have been doing their whole lives, often acting alongside people who know their craft so much better than they do. To match the level of their adult counterparts, they have to work just that much harder, and they still get pigeonholed into fairly flat characters. For a lot of directors, even a poor child actor is good enough to fill out the character that has been created for him or her, so expectations are usually pretty low. In the end, a lot of child actors either burn out or give up.

Wil Wheaton wasn't a bad actor as a kid - anyone who watched Stand By Me can agree on that. He certainly wasn't what he could have become, but as child actors went, he did okay. Perhaps if he had been given the right roles with the right people, he would still be acting today and impressing us with the depth of his talent. As it was, he was on Star Trek: The Next Generation, which sent him down, let us say, a different path.

Wheaton's experience on TNG was one that a lot of the fans (and I count myself among them) seriously under-appreciate. From the age of fourteen, he was given the unenviable role of playing one of the most despised characters in modern science fiction, at least before Jar Jar showed up. In the early heyday of the internet, before liveblogging and Twitter and Facebook, there was Usenet - an early internet discussion group. And one of those early groups was the infamous alt.wesley.crusher.die.die.die. The fans would speak of "The Wesley Crusher Problem" and write horrible fanfiction that would put Ensign Crusher through some of the most depraved torments they could think of. A small, but very vocal segment of the TNG fan base actively hated Wesley and, by extension, Wheaton.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars You'll laugh and learn a little, too June 15, 2010
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In 2006 Wil Wheaton was hired to write humorous reviews of Star Trek: The Next Generation for TVSquad. Unfortunately the gig fell through before all the reviews for the first season were published. What's a guy to do? Publish them as a book, of course!

Wheaton brings his own perspective as a cast member and fan of ST:TNG to bear on the episodes, as well as his unique voice as a writer. The result a humorous look back at the rocky beginnings of the show. (The book covers the first half of the first season; since this is marked as "Volume 1," we can assume that future books will cover more episodes.) Each episode gets a synopsis, a piece of notable dialog, some fun technobabble, a behind-the-scenes memory and an overall grade.

Wheaton doesn't pull any punches on either the poor production (writers and directors are particularly in his sights) or his own portrayal of young Wesley Crusher, and his behind-the-scenes memories say a lot about the pressure those involved in show were under to live up to the Original Series. As Wheaton points out, however, his criticism is tempered with great affection, and he is quick to point out the glimpses of brilliance that would come to fruition two seasons later.

One note: this book is definitely NSFW due to language and "adult situations." That aside, it's a fun look back at the early days of what became the greatest sci-fi show of the 90s. I can't recommend it enough to any fan of ST:TNG.

[N.B.: If you'd like to "try before you buy," Wheaton is releasing excerpts from the as podcasts: [...]
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
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Do you like revisiting TV series you loved? Do you like behind the scenes stories? Do you like your nostalgia mixed with a healthy dose of snarcasm (snark + sarcasm)? Well, then you're in luck! Wil Wheaton (famous, and oft-hated, for portraying Wesley Crusher on "Star Trek: The Next Generation") has accepted the task of re-watching the old episodes and writing them up, complete with personal behind the scenes memories. He is brutal, yet very funny, in his assessment of the series and his own part in it (he is especially hard on those horrible sweaters he had to wear). Volume 1 covers the first half of Season 1 -- from "Encounter at Far Point" ( Grade: C-) to "Datalore" (Grade: D). Don't worry, in between those two clunkers are several episodes that received high marks. And every single episode receives some wonderful -- and often NSFW -- commentary filtered through Wheaton's own pop-culture lens. I can't wait to beam up for Volume 2.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
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I NEVER disliked Wesley Crusher. Just thought I'd get that out of the way. I preferred him FAR over Tasha or Troi. I always just accepted his part in the cast as a supporting character and took his presence at face value. I had no idea of all the negative opinions of the Wesley character until well into the 2nd season, and I remember being completely baffled by it and not a little indignant about it on Wil Wheaton's behalf.

I've enjoyed Wil's blog and a several of his other books. He's a very funny and engaging writer and SMART. I'm still a little surprised that he never got a post-graduate degree in engineering or science. He's also especially funny in his too-few appearances as himself in The Big Bang Theory, where even though he's supposed to be "too cool for school," he really fits right in with all those brainiacs. (Note to BBT execs: make Wil a regular character! Or at least bring him in more often.)

But about the book: it's a really quick and easy read, and it's funny with a huge helping of snark. At times, maybe a little too much snark. I understand where he might cringe to see his adolescent self on the screen for jillions of people to see, but his reminiscences are touched with the memories of so many unfortunate and hurtful experiences, both with the stupid-crazy Trek fans AND with some of the people who worked on the show (I should clarify that it was only the production crew that he had problems with, NOT the cast. Thus far I have not read or heard that he had any negative experiences from the other cast members.) None of the bad stories are told here, but I and others who've kept up with him on and off through the years have read enough to know what he's not telling us in the book. None of it was his fault. It was all completely out of his control.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
A must read for Trek lovers.
Published 28 days ago by Amazon Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars Thoughtful, funny Star Trek memories.
I enjoyed the irreverent voice of Wil Wheaton remembering his first season on Star Trek Next Generation, not your typical memoir and more thoughtful than most of them. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Steve Madsen
4.0 out of 5 stars Great read! Unfortunately I had to ding it a ...
Great read! Unfortunately I had to ding it a star because it only covers half of the first season. It would have been better if this was a series of books that each cover a... Read more
Published 7 months ago by G. Constantine
5.0 out of 5 stars Really looking forward to Volume 2!
This was so much fun to read. Wil Wheaton gives fantastic insight into the goings-on of making a show like TNG. And he does it in a really fun way.
Published 7 months ago by T. Weik
4.0 out of 5 stars and then it ends like one episode before we get to it
This is an enjoyable read. I gave 4 stars only because it ends too soon. All the hints and lead-up to Angel One, and then it ends like one episode before we get to it. Not fair! Read more
Published 9 months ago by Bert Whetstone
5.0 out of 5 stars Grew up wishing to be Wesley Crusher
I grew up watching Star Trek the Next Generation as a young boy. Having watch some of the original series I thought TNG was so much better. Read more
Published 9 months ago by Jim Williams
2.0 out of 5 stars Mission incomplete
What read as a fun, if not occasionally too clever, memoir of Wil Wheaton's TNG experience, ultimately became a huge let down once I found out no future volumes were published nor... Read more
Published 13 months ago by The Locust
5.0 out of 5 stars Looking for Vol 2!!
I love this book! I’m a big Star Trek the Next Generation fan, so years ago when I came across reviews Wheaton had written for TV Squad at aoltv, reviews of about half of the... Read more
Published 13 months ago by Whatwillshereadnext
5.0 out of 5 stars It must not have sold enough copies to warrant volume 2
It was an entertaining read. The behind the scenes information was the most
enjoyable aspect.I did find the attempts to use what I think is supposed to be "hip" Vernacular a... Read more
Published 14 months ago by Dale
5.0 out of 5 stars Wil Wheaton is so funny
This is a fantastic book in which Wil offers a very entertaining take on many episodes from season 1 of Star Trek: The Next Generation. Read more
Published 15 months ago by Sophie
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Wil Wheaton's successful acting career began in 1986 with acclaimed roles in Stand By Me and Toy Soldiers. He continued to build his resume through his teen years as series regular 'Wesley Crusher' on Star Trek: The Next Generation and opposite Robin Williams in Flubber. But Wil is much more than just an actor; he's an author, blogger, voice actor, widely-followed Twitter user, and a champion of geek culture.

Wil currently splits his time between acting and writing. In 2010, he joined the cast of Eureka as Doctor Isaac Parrish, and recurs as Sheldon Cooper's nemesis, Evil Wil Wheaton, on The Big Bang Theory. He's published three acclaimed books: Just A Geek, Dancing Barefoot, and The Happiest Days of Our Lives. His latest books are Sunken Treasure, The Day After and Other Stories, and Memories of the Future, Volume One. All of his books grew out of Wil's immensely popular, award-winning weblog, which he created at WIL WHEATON dot NET and currently maintains at WIL WHEATON dot NET: in Exile.

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