BreakingModern – James Tiberius Kirk was born in Iowa on March 22, 2233. Years later he graduated in the top five percent of his class at the Starfleet Academy and took command of the USS Enterprise shortly thereafter. During his storied career he went boldly where no man had gone before. And he kissed a few alien hotties along the way too.
Now, after all these years, Captain Kirk is finally sharing his memoirs (The Autobiography of James T. Kirk / Edited by David A. Goodman / Foreword by Leonard McCoy and afterword by Spock Sarekson / First Printing: September 2015).
In nearly 300 pages, Kirk spills the beans (and tells a few tall tales) about his meteoric rise through the ranks of Starfleet, and his illustrious career at the helm of the Enterprise. According to the publisher, “Kirk’s singular voice rings throughout the text, giving insight into his convictions, his bravery and his commitment to life throughout the galaxy.” Generously, Kirk even shares his captain’s logs and his personal correspondence.
At the beginning of his career, Kirk was arguably the right man at the right time. When he accepted his five-year mission into outer space, he embodied the “tension between exuberance and impetuousness on one hand and seriousness and intellect on the other.” He was both humble and arrogant, a complex mash-up of hawk and dove and futurist and traditionalist. And, as Star Trek fans already know, he was often a slave to his libido.
Even though the memoir has only been on shelves for a short while, it has already garnered a raft of rave reviews. Says the Kirkus review: “An accomplished, stirring tribute to a beloved sci-fi series that will captivate fans and newcomers alike.” Adds SFBookReviews: “A well written and fascinating journey into one of the most famous characters in science fiction.”
In a moment of meta-media, take a peek at the clip below to hear actor William Shatner reading a section of the book at this year’s San Diego Comic-Con.
In the book’s foreword, Starfleet medical officer Leonard McCoy asserts that James T. Kirk was “the greatest hero who ever lived.” And in the afterword, Mr. Spock writes that “Kirk’s work and accomplishments make him one of the greatest men who ever lived. That is objective fact; as a Vulcan, I am incapable of hyperbole.”
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