Monday, November 29, 2021

Fan Fiction: A Mem-Noir: Inspired by True Events, by Brent Spiner (author, narrator)

Macmillan Audio, ISBN 9781250821393, October 2021

This is a somewhat noir fictional memoir about Brent Spiner's time playing Data on Star Trek: The Next Generation, and an experience with an off-balance fan turned stalker.

Spiraner portrays himself as still rather naif and not fully aware what a fan favorite Data has become. One morning in his trailer on the lot, he's reading fan mail, and he gets a disturbing piece of mail. This one is a box, and its odor is soon explained by the fact that it contains a pig's penis. An actual pig's penis.

It is, allegedly, from Lal, the "daughter" Data made in the third-season episode, "The Offspring." Lal didn't survive the episode, and now "Lal" wants her daddy, Data, to join death?

It's the start of a series of disturbing letters and incidents. Along the way, Spiner connects with a police detective who turns out to be more interested in getting his break as a Hollywood script writer, an FBI agent, and the FBI agent's twin sister who is a professional bodyguard. There's a pizza delivery guy, a guest actor on the latest episode, and people who might or might not be the potentially dangerous "Lal."

It's a mix of dark and scary, and hilarious. I won't say it's a great work of noir fiction, or of funny noir, but it is pretty good. And with narration mainly by Spiner, and with his bridge crew fellow actors (Patrick Stewart, Jonathan Frakes, LeVar Burton, Gates McFadden, Marina Sirtis, and Michael Dorn, as well as others, joining in to read their parts, it's well-performed and very entertaining.

A fun, light listen.

I bought this audiobook.

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