Fan Fiction: A Mem-Noir, Inspired by True Events

Brent Spiner, with Jeanne Darst. St. Martin’s, $27.99 (256p) ISBN 978-1-250-27436-6
Early in this diverting memoir-mystery hybrid set in 1991 from Spiner, who played the white-faced, yellow-eyed android, Lieutenant Commander Data, on Star Trek: The Next Generation, the actor receives a box containing a severed pig’s penis, along with a note from a crazy fan who claims she’s Data’s daughter, Lal. Other letters and packages containing odd tokens arrive. Aided by the sexy Jones twins—Cindy Lou, an FBI investigator, and Candy Lou, a private security consultant—Spiner tries to discover who Lal is before she can make good on her threats to kill him. Meanwhile, he reflects on experiences in his difficult childhood. Spiner’s castmates play supporting roles, including Patrick Stewart and his mellifluous voice, kind and obliging Jonathan Frakes, and thoughtful LeVar Burton. A surprise visit to the set from Ronald Reagan adds to the fun. Spiner’s debut is an homage to fans: where would celebrities be without them? Trekkies and Hollywood history buffs will be delighted. Agent: Albert Lee, UTA. (Oct.)
Reviewed on : 06/24/2021
Release date: 10/05/2021
Genre: Mystery/Thriller
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