Just a Geek
by Wil Wheaton
Years ago there was a show about the future. It was a future that had been dreamed up by one man and put together by a cast of thousands in five different versions of one-hour shows spanning decades in our television history. The show that started it all was Star Trek.
One boy, Wil Wheaton, joined the second version of Star Trek, nicknamed TNG for The Next Generation, and he was supposed to represent the newest generation of Star Fleet hopefuls. He played the son of the ship's doctor, and he just happened to be extremely smart and often knew the ship better than many of the adults around him.
Many viewers hated him and even created their own fan clubs dedicated to ripping his character apart. Unfortunately, they often tore down the young actor at the same time.
For years, Wil Wheaton has fought to separate himself from that show and that character. Just a Geek is a book about his own struggle to come to terms with his Star Trek past while embracing his future as a writer and geek.
Now he's become a well-respected actor and he runs his own site at WWdN: In Exile, which used to be known as Wil Wheaton dot net. This is his personal autobiography derived from his many online posts, which he has occasionally edited and then commented on in this book.
Find out the real truth about a child actor's struggle to succeed in the adult acting world while supporting a family and dodging the past.
Final thoughts: I've been reading Wil Wheaton dot net, WWdN: In Exile, and @wilw on Twitter for a while now and have really enjoyed his insight into conventions, writing, acting, and life. He's become the guy everyone wants to be buds with to hang out, swap stories, and just be a geek without fear of people staring at you like you're insane. Many of the stories are ones that he's shared at conventions and, his recent shared creation, W00tstock. If you're interested in a preview of his amazing writing, just search for him on YouTube and watch his performances at w00tstock and PAX. Fans of ST:TNG should definitely read this.