Leonard Nimoy's portrayal of the ever-logical Vulcan, Mr. Spock, is one of the most recognizable, loved, and pervasive characterizations in popular culture. He had 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. I AM SPOCK gives us Nimoy's unique perspective on the beginnings of the Star Trek phenomenon, on his relationship with his costars, and particularly on the reaction of the pointed-eared alien that Nimoy knew best.
Here, Nimoy shared the true story behind his perceived reticence to re-create the role and wrote frankly about how his portrayal defined an icon.
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Table of Contents
1 Human Versus Vulcan or Of Luck and Probability 3
2 Conception and Gestation 13
3 Birth of a Vulcan 37
4 Vulcanalia or The Vulcan Grows Up 57
5 Spockamania or It's Pear Blossom Time in Medford 75
6 The Star Trek Family 93
7 Premature Burial 111
8 From Five-Year Mission to Mission: Impossible 127
9 Identity Crisis 139
10 Thank You, George Lucas 153
11 Movie Madness or If It's Tuesday It Must Be Beijing 173
12 Remember 195
13 Rebirth or What I Really Want to Do Is Direct 213
14 I, Spock or "The Final Plain" on the Streets of San Francisco 241
15 Three Men and a Good Mother 269
16 The Final Frontier-And Beyond 295
17 Star Trek VI and "Unification" 311
18 Live Long and Prosper 329
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.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
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.
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.
Fascinating. Thank You, Mr. Nimoy.
Very interesting. Leonard nimoy was a fascinating man.
I picked up this book at a tag sale only recently--mostly for my husband who is an avid Trekkie, but I became quite interested in it. I liked the musings throughout the book that Nimoy has with his alter-ego Spock, and his narrative made me understand the tug of war he likely has experienced between feeling affection and territorial about this character that has had a huge impact on his life and career and at the same time not wanting to be typecast as Spock only. I only wish the book had a little more personal information about his life. I assume this was to protect both his and their privacy and keep the book on a certain focus, but with so few references to them, it made him come across as seeing them as inconsequential, bit players.
I Am Spock is a must read. you will love this books, i love leonard nimoy :)
This was A great book. Lenard Nimoy's Autobiography was great. tells From His childhood, to Acting, to star trek, to now. This was intended as a sequal to his 1970's book 'I Am Not Spock'.