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Memories of the Future - Volume 1

4.13  ·  Rating Details ·  1,127 Ratings  ·  147 Reviews
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.
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Kindle Edition, 138 pages
Published April 26th 2011 by Monolith Press (first published 2009)
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Feb 14, 2010 Chris rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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 expectati ...more
Nov 18, 2009 Simon rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sf, nonfiction, own, ebook
Wil Wheaton and I have a lot in common: liberal politics, bitchin' facial hair, and fond childhood memories of Star Trek: The Next Generation -- albiet from opposite sides of the television screen. His recaps, reviews, and behind-the-scenes stories of the first half of the first season of TNG are endearing as hell.

Unfortunately, they're not without their flaws. Wheaton is a 30-something geek writing for an audience of 30-something geeks; there's common cultural currency there, part of which is i
Ian Coomber
Oct 17, 2009 Ian Coomber rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
As someone who only got into TNG during the later seasons, and hasn't had much experience watching the earlier ones, this book was a great way for me to recap on some of the episodes I was only barely familiar with, and in a geniuinly humourous way.

Although it's fair to say that a fair chunk of the humour comes from self depreciation, it is generally releiving to finally read a book that doesn't put Star Trek on the pedastal, and gives an honest account of where it goes wrong. Not every episode
Nov 13, 2009 Justin rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I’ve been following Wil Wheaton for quite some time, mostly by happenstance. I stumbled upon his blog back around 2001 or so, led there by my long-standing fondness of Star Trek: The Next Generation, and ended up being a fairly active participant on the message boards he maintained at the time. Since then, I’ve enjoyed watching him on his ascendant path to nerd spokesman, but for some reason have never gotten around to reading any of his books until now. While this one is a little rough around t ...more
Feb 11, 2012 Jillian rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Fans of Wil Wheaton and ST:tNG
This book was a quick and entertaining read with a lot of laughs in it! I really enjoyed the insight into Wheaton's personal memories, but also the critical look at the episodes themselves and the parts that talked about the writers, directors, and other actors and what it was like working with them.

My only complaint is that, at times, it was painfully snarky in an effort to be funny, crossing over into just plain mean, which made some parts just not funny to me at all. I felt this was especiall
Nov 01, 2009 Bob rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
As far back as I can remember, I always wanted to be Wil Wheaton.

I was nine when TNG debuted, and Wesley Crusher was a role model. Here was a child prodigy saving the day with his science projects, he had a cool haircut, and those sweaters were pretty rad, too. Well, I wasn't too big a fan of the sweaters, but I identified with Wesley, and for what it's worth, this is about when I started embracing my status as Smartest Kid in the Class (which, granted, only lasted until middle school). Did I me
Jul 09, 2011 Hoyt rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
An absolutely hilarious memoir/review of the first half of the first season of Star Trek: the Next Generation from the perspective of a 15-year old Wil Wheaton. The level of loving snarkiness was perfect, and the behind-the-scenes insights were great. Wheaton goes to great lengths to inform the reader about the process by which Wesley Crusher became one of the most hated characters in sci-fi history (in a mostly joking way), and how he was essentially powerless to stop it.

The book is broken up
Oct 26, 2009 Kevin rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I enjoyed reading this book. The episode recaps were quite funny and the behind the scenes sections were really interesting. I'm kicking myself a little for buying a physical copy of the book instead of the almost half as expensive digital version. It is not very likely that I will reread this book, and since it only covers half of season one I don't feel like I got enough bang for my buck. I would have preferred to pay the same price for the entirety of season 1 in one volume. If I decide to pi ...more
Sep 04, 2011 Pattie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I love this book. It is so honest, its wonderful. It was like I was having a conversation more than reading this book. I am not a Trekkie, but I am starting to watch and like more of the shows; which at first was a chore than entertainment. If you think STNG is just so so, than you will love this book and laugh till you cry.
Oct 31, 2015 Jack rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The actor behind Star Trek - the Next Generation's least favourite character delivers its most-favourite literary offspring: a behind the scenes look at how season one came together, full of sly pokes but empty of scuttlebutt. Great fun, but probably only for fans of the show.
Feb 15, 2017 Gewbook rated it really liked it
Shelves: essays, star-trek
So much fun, this was just like sitting down and watching with a really witty friend who loves ST:TNG as much as you do, but can also see the obvious shortcomings of these early episodes. The only place I disagree with him was on the one where they jog everywhere, I just can't get past how silly it is. Anyway, I wish Volume 2 was really real.
This is not the type of book that I typically read. I am usually in to fantasy or sci-fi. I am a huge Star Trek fan, though, so this title seemed intriguing to me. I was not expecting the episode to episode recap but it was enjoyable to hear the recap as told by a cast member as awesome as Wesley Crusher himself.

I was amused reading his line: "Oh, that's pure fucking genius writing there, guys; that's not going to alienate a single fan. Bravo. Here, have a nice slow clap from me to you." -direc
Sep 15, 2012 Natira rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sachbuch-gelesen
Der Schriftsteller und Schauspieler Wil Wheaton kombiniert in "Memories of the Future" seine Leidenschaften: Er hat sich den zweiteiligen Pilotfilm und die weiteren 11 Folgen (also bis Datalore) von Star Trek The Next Generation Staffel 1, in denen er als Teenager die Rolle des Wesley Crusher gespielt hat, als Mittdreißiger noch einmal angesehen und darüber geschrieben (zunächst in einem Webblog, dann veröffentlich in diesem Buch). Zu jeder Folge gibt es eine Plotdarstellung, dann bemerkenswerte ...more
Feb 05, 2014 Jessiqa rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Wil Wheaton played Wesley Crusher on Star Trek: The Next Generation and therefore provides a unique perspective into the episodes of the program. This volume covers the first half of the first season. Each chapter is one episode and includes an "episode summary," "quotable dialogue," "obligatory technobabble," and "behind the scenes memory." These articles started out life on the TV Squad website but when funding went under, Wheaton realized he still wanted to write these articles, which are ful ...more
Dec 12, 2009 Sandy rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: own
"Memories of the Future: Volume 1" is a collection of episode recaps of the first half of the first season of Star Trek TNG, written by erstwhile cast member Wil Wheaton.

It's been a long time since I watched much Next Generation, but I found to my delight as I was reading this book that I remembered nearly all of the episodes discussed, and it brought back a lot of fond memories. The first season of TNG was very uneven - they were still struggling in the mostly cheesy mold of the original series
Nick Sheridan
Jul 10, 2014 Nick Sheridan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Blimey, have I finished this already? Well it is a very easy and entertaining read, and written very much in Wil Wheaton's voice, so it flows quite naturally.

Basically, it's great. It's a subjective behind the scenes opinion of some of the earlier episodes of Star Trek: The Next Generation, stuffed with stories and comparisons between how the actors felt at the time, and how they feel now (principally Wil Wheaton, obviously). It shines a light on the mess of television production, bordering occa
Oct 22, 2009 Daniel rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: nonfiction, humor, memoir
I really enjoyed this book. I laughed so much while reading Memories of the Future, more than I have for any other book in recent memory.

The episode recaps are the real stars of the book, and I would often stop to read a particularly hilarious passage out loud to my girlfriend. However, this isn't just a book of condensed snark; Wheaton's love of Star Trek TNG comes through on every page. His profound respect for his fellow actors, and his affection for what the show will become gives the recaps
Jonathon Dez-la-lour
The second I saw Memories of the Future, I knew it was going to be something I’d love. I really only have one complaint about this book and it’s simply that there’s not enough of it. This book covers the first half of season one of Star Trek: The Next Generation and I really do wish that there were more of these to cover the rest of the series.

I’ve recently been watching TNG season 1 on blu-ray so a lot of these episodes were fresh in my mind while I was reading these books, as opposed to the du
Doug Cornelius
Aug 22, 2010 Doug Cornelius rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2010
If you're a fan of Star Trek: The Next Generation or Wil Wheaton, then you will enjoy reading Memories of the Future. Wheaton provides his take on the first half of the first season of the television series. Wheaton played Wesley Crusher on the show, so he brings the viewpoint of a fan of the show and an actor on the show.

When Star Trek: The Next Generation first launched, geeks like me were abuzz at the new series. Especially since Gene Rodenberry, who had created the original series, was heavi
A friend at work happened to notice I was re-watching Star Trek through my Twitter account and asked if I would be interested in reading this book. Being a bit of a Star Trek TNG fan I said "hell yes" (or something like that, I can't recall and cannot be bothered to go to Twitter to check). I am very glad I did as this is a very amusing book.

Star Trek TNG started broadcasting 2 years before I was born so when I first saw it it must have been on its third or fourth repeat. As such I never knew th
Apr 29, 2012 Andrew rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: memoir
High marks to Wil for coming up with a great concept. I think the best way to enjoy this book is to watch an episode (Netflix has the entire ST:TNG series available for instant view), then read the section about it. It had been quite a while since I had watched many of the first season episodes, and I had forgotten what a rocky start the show got off to.

In the book, each episode contains a snarky plot synopsis, memorable quotes, and memories of filming. The plot synopses were full of Wil's brand
Aug 29, 2011 Joy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
I've been a fan of Star Trek for years, and also a fan of Wil Wheaton for quite a while. I've seen him speak several times, including the keynote at PAX 2007 as well as his panels every year since, in addition to reading most of his books and his blog. Wil's taken the experience of being a child actor on ST:TNG and used them to write the first installment of an absolutely hysterical guide to the series. This book covers the first half of the first season, with each episode covered by synopsis/di ...more
Jan 30, 2013 Kricket rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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So I heard about this book online, bought and read it in about 4 hours yesterday. I could have taken a nap because a truely amazing miracle happened and both of my boys slept at the same time, for the same amount of time. But no, I was too busy laughing at Wil Wheaton being snarky.

If you're a fan of Wil Wheaton in general and a fan of Star Trek: Next Generation then I highly recommend this book. I love all the snarky retelling of the episodes
May 30, 2011 Mk rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: reviewed
Memories of the Future was a highly enjoyable book. I've seen Wil Wheaton speak in person and listened to the podcasts surrounding this book, so when I read his prose, I can sense the warmth he feels for the people he worked with and the loving glee with which he desiccates the shoddy writing of first season TNG. However, I'm not sure this comes across in the writing itself.

Wheaton writes in the introduction that Memories of the Future is supposed to read sort of like an old high school yearboo
Jen (NerdifiedJen)
I have to give it 5 stars because it is the best version of this type of re-capping that I have ever seen. Having our favorite stories re-told from the point of view of one of the actors in such a hilarious manner is priceless. I can't wait for volume 2.

My formula for maximum enjoyment of this book includes being an established TNG fan who has seen most, if not all, of the episodes, preferably in multiple viewings. It also includes being an outright geek. Because there are so many references he
Jenn Forte
Jan 27, 2012 Jenn Forte rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: star trek and sci-fi fans, especially in their 30's and 40's
Wil Wheaton's memoir of the first half of the first season of Star Trek: The Next Generation is well written and amusing. It's filled with an honest affection for the subject matter, but that doesn't stop Mr. Wheaton from liberally sprinkling sarcasm, snark, and self-deprecating humor throughout his writing.

I picked up this book expecting it to be interesting, but I did not expect to be nearly as amused as I was. Mr. Wheaton did a remarkable job of remembering his teen awkward self and presenti
Gretchen S.B.
Apr 14, 2014 Gretchen S.B. rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
First off, it’s by Wil freakin’ Wheaton. Do I really need to say any more? As someone who used to sit with her dad and watch episodes of Star Trek: The Next Generation with her father every week, then subsequently the other three Star Trek series, I was curious about this book the first time I heard Wil Wheaton talk about it at Emerald City Comicon. When he read an excerpt out loud I knew I must one day possess this book. That day came when I bought my kindle; it is the only book I paid for. Thi ...more
This is a compendium of reviews of the first half of season 1 of Star Trek: Next Generation by Wil Wheaton. I take it that no volume 2 is forthcoming as volume 1 was published 4 years ago. Each episode gets a recap, some quotable dialog, Wheaton's personal memories of filming, and a critical "bottom line" for the episode.

I think that Wheaton is at his best when he is direct and airing his own views, and not writing so that he will be "liked" by all his fans. (I understand where his impulse comes
Jan 09, 2013 Natalie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book had me with non-stop laughter. From the first page of the first review, the tone is clearly set: there will be self-deprecating humor around every bend and no one is safe from judgment. It's all in good fun, though, as Wil Wheaton relives the memories of working on "Star Trek: The Next Generation" 20 years after the original airdates by "reviewing" each episode of the first season. In many cases, it has been 20 years since he has seen these episodes and he looks back with a fondness an ...more
Jessica Brow
Nov 14, 2009 Jessica Brow rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I was just younger than Wil Wheaton when TNG started and so I kind of grew up with him on the show. I even stopped watching when he left,though that may have been because I headed for college and didn't have a TV.

It was fun to go back and read his impressions of the early episodes. Having followed his blog, I was prepared for the snarkiness of his comments and the consistently self-deprecating humor, but this may catch some readers by surprise. Wheaton has no problem poking fun at himself, but s
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Wil Wheaton began acting in commercials at the age of seven, and by the age of ten had appeared in numerous television and film roles. In 1986, his critically acclaimed role in Rob Reiner’s Stand By Me put him in the public spotlight, where he remains to this day. In 1987, Wil was cast as Wesley Crusher in the hit television series Star Trek: The Next Generation. Recently, Wil has held recurring r ...more
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