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I'm Working on That: A Trek from Science Fiction to Science Fact

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William Shatner -- Captain Kirk himself -- explores how the imagination of Star Trek is reflected in the cutting-edge science of today. Over five decades, Star Trek's celebration of mankind's technical achievements and positive view of the future have earned it an enduring place in our global culture. Its scientific vision has also had a profound effect on the past thirty ...more
Hardcover, 400 pages
Published July 30th 2002 by Pocket Books (first published December 1st 1996)
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LyndaIn Oregon
Aug 15, 2016 LyndaIn Oregon rated it really liked it
A light-hearted look at when (or whether) technologies first seen in Star Trek, 50 years ago, may (or may not!) ever be realized in the real world.

Published in 2002, some of the products and ideas have already come to pass -- or are, in fact, now outdated. Which sort of proves one of the points of the book -- our knowledge and technical application of that knowledge is increasing so fast that it's almost impossible to make accurate predictions. Case in point -- the authors frequently refer to th
Jan 14, 2012 Caryn rated it really liked it
This is a good overview of a lot of things going on in science right now (ok, in 2001 or so, when this was written!). It's a little elementary for people who already have a grounding; on the other hand, it's so wide-ranging, taking in space, biochemistry, nanotech, etc., that even scientifically-minded people will probably find something they didn't already know about. I'd like to give it to my nephew Brian, who is part of the 3rd generation of Trekkers in our family, and who is interested in ...more
Aug 30, 2010 Chip rated it it was amazing
It was hoot traveling the country with Shatner and talking with some of the smartest people on the planet. The book is fun, but filled with a lot of fascinating science, all of it viewed through the creative technologies that Star Trek imagined from time travel to the holodeck. If you're a fan of science, or Star Trek or Bill Shatner, I think you'll like this book as much as I enjoyed writing it.
Bob Bello
Aug 02, 2011 Bob Bello rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Excellent, humorous, full of ideas for sci-fi writers and fans of the genre. This book may help you understand not only the actor/author but also grasp some great Star Trek (and sci-fi) concepts. Good read!
Christopher Carosa
May 25, 2013 Christopher Carosa rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: geeks, scientists, technical wannabes and, of course, Trekkers
This is the book you would expect William Shatner to write. Here he is in the prime of the ascendency of the rebirth of his career, and you can tell he doesn't let it go to his head. It's chock full of self-deprecating humor that will spill over to deflate even your own blow-hardedness.
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Apr 06, 2016 Robert Holm rated it really liked it
Pleasant and entertaining read, filled with self-deprecating humour (a bit too much, actually). Also gives you an almost nostalgic window back to a time that was a mere fifteen years ago.
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Very interesting read for any Trekkie out there :)
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A fun, self-deprecating look at cutting-edge technology foreshadowed by Star Trek.
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William Shatner is the author of nine Star Trek novels, including the New York Times bestsellers The Ashes of Eden and The Return. He is also the author of several nonfiction books, including Get a Life! and I'm Working on That. In addition to his role as Captain James T. Kirk, he stars as Denny Crane in the hit television series from David E. Kelley, Boston Legal -- a role for which he has won ...more
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