I Am Spock

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Leonard Nimoy's portrayal of the ever-logical Vulcan, Mr. Spock, is one of the most recognizable, loved, and pervasive characterizations in modern popular culture. His single raised eyebrow, the curiosity with which he said "fascinating" at an emotional outbreak, the endless ways he pointed out the illogic of human foibles, have gone down in the history of entertainment as defining one of the true icons of the last several decades. Now, in his long-awaited autobiography, Mr. Nimoy opens up to his fans in ways the...

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Overview

Leonard Nimoy's portrayal of the ever-logical Vulcan, Mr. Spock, is one of the most recognizable, loved, and pervasive characterizations in modern popular culture. His single raised eyebrow, the curiosity with which he said "fascinating" at an emotional outbreak, the endless ways he pointed out the illogic of human foibles, have gone down in the history of entertainment as defining one of the true icons of the last several decades. Now, in his long-awaited autobiography, Mr. Nimoy opens up to his fans in ways the Vulcan never could. He gives us his unique perspectives on the beginnings of the Star Trek phenomenon, on his relationship with his costars, and particularly on the creation of the pointed-eared alien that Nimoy knows best. Spock, while the favorite of fans, was in the early days the most problematic for the studio and the creators of the show. Mr. Nimoy has been closer to the phenomenon of Star Trek than anyone, having played the pivotal role of Spock in the original series, in six motion pictures, and in a special two-part episode of Star Trek: The Next Generation, as well as having directed two of the movies. He relates here the true story behind what was seen by the public as his reticence to re-create the role and talks frankly about his "mistake" in titling his first book I am Not Spock - a title that fueled the erroneous belief that he didn't like the character.

Loaded with amusing and informative, behind-the-scenes Star Trek anecdotes, the long-awaited memoir of Leonard Nimoy is sure to be the "logical" hit of the season! This intelligently written autobiography recounts the events of Nimoy's 30-year career, and offers a fascinating look at an actor's relationship to a character of mythic proportions and mammoth appeal. of photos.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Actor and director Nimoy discusses the birth and evolution of his most famous role. (Oct.)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780786861828
  • Publisher: Hyperion
  • Publication date: 10/28/1995
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 352
  • Product dimensions: 6.50 (w) x 9.50 (h) x 1.25 (d)

Interviews & Essays

On Thursday, October 3, barnesandnoble.com welcomed Leonard Nimoy, author of I AM SPOCK.


Moderator: Welcome to Loci, Leonard! Thanks for joining us.



Q: While the era of transporters and warp drive is not yet upon us, your presence here tonight is due to a revolution in communications that was unforeseen as early as a few years ago. Now, I'm not asking for your email address if you have one, but what is your take on the leaps technology has made since those early days on Trek?

Leonard Nimoy: It's about time!


Q: With the plethora of science fiction on the market today, including all the various modern Treks, what is your opinion on the future of Trek itself?

Leonard Nimoy: It will depend on the quality of work in the next year of Voyager, DS9, and the next Star Trek film.


Q: Did you ever take logic in college and, if so, how did you do? I personally failed it.

Leonard Nimoy: I studied it in a number of courses at the Vulcan Institute of Technology.


Q: Mr.Nimoy, you have been a symbol of science fiction ever since you played the role of "Spock" many years ago. Your popularity is still strong and I am curious as to how people react when they come into contact with you in public! Do they jokingly call you Spock? Has the role of Spock become such a household figure that it drowns you in your quest of being Leonard Nimoy? Do you find yourself living two separate lives, one as Mr. Nimoy and one as Spock?

Leonard Nimoy: This i precisely the issue I'm dealing with in "I Am Spock". I am totally comfortable with the identity. In fact, always have been. The title of the previous book was a declaration of fact, not a protest.


Q: Were you somewhat forced into directing and writing because you became too typecast as an actor thanks to Spock? - Glenn, CA

Leonard Nimoy: Directing and writing Star Trek movies was a natural outgrowth with my association with Star Trek and Spock. I had strong feelings about the potential stories we could tell and Paramount gave me the chance to do it.


Q: What new projects are you currently working on?

Leonard Nimoy: PriMortals is doing well in the comic book stores and will be a hard cover novel within the next year. I'm developing another novel for publication in the near future.


Q: One thing I have noted about TREK is that the franchise is so large and beloved that there is a wide spectrum of opinions about it. Many people including myself, consider ourselves Treksperts and can spout on and on about the subject. How does it feel to be near the center of a subject that so many people feel so emotionally about?

Leonard Nimoy: Star Trek has given me an excellent platform for expressing ideas in all media. The fact that it has endured for 30 years says something positive about the quality of the work.


Q: What new projects are you currently working on?

Leonard Nimoy: David Pearlman Pittsburgh What was your favorite episode of Star Trek and which Star Trek movie was your favorite?


David PEarlman Pittsburgh PA: Star Trek IV, The Voyage Home was my favorite Have you always been able to lift one eyebrow like that or did it take practice? I know of very few people who have mastered the art.

Leonard Nimoy: I practiced for years.


Q: Has there been any discussion about Spock being on "ST DS9" ?

Leonard Nimoy: I haven't heard any.


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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 20, 2002

    What a Disappointment

    This book was not at all what I expected. Mr. Nimoy wastes precious pages copying the back and forth circulation of memos between himself and various studio personnel. Somewhat amusing, the stories would have been better told through Mr. Nimoy's narrative with portions of the memo's used for emphasis. What narrative there is comes across as boastful and disjointed. I expected more of an autobiography, but Mr. Nimoy makes only murky references to his personal life, some of which seem to be purposely misleading. For example, the way in which he avoids mentioning his wife by any other name than 'my wife' seems impersonal and allows him to avoid discussing the fact that he gets divorced in the middle of his story and 'my wife' is actually two different women. Why? If you have exhausted all other avenues of Star Trek set trivia, you might read this book as a last resort. If you're looking for a picture of Leonard Nimoy, the man, or reinforcement of admiration, forget it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 26, 2001

    Facinating......

    Mr.Nimoy has written an excellent book, and the critics were right - when reading it, you feel as if you were carrying on a conversation with friend. His affection for Spock, 'Bill' Shatner, and the whole Star Trek experience is evident thru his pleasant writing style. I wasn't a Trek fan until I read this book,and I'm still not the type to be fanatical about it, so this book suited me, not too much Star Trek or boasting about career acomplishments (just frankly discussing). All in all, an extremly enjoyable read - some very funny parts and some very touching scenes - for anyone, Trekker or not.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 22, 2000

    Everybody must read this book!

    Fascinating. Thank You, Mr. Nimoy.

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  • Posted September 5, 2011

    must read

    I Am Spock is a must read. you will love this books, i love leonard nimoy :)

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