April 15, 1998 at 04:00 AM EDT

Warped Factors: A Neurotic's Guide to the Universe

type
Book
Current Status
In Season
author
Walter Koenig

When reading most Star Trek memoirs penned by members of the original cast, you can bet on backstabbing aplenty: This was one ornery group. While Koenig, who played the cocky Ensign Chekov from 1967 to 1969, does come up with some dirt?William Shatner was a camera hog, Leonard Nimoy a cold fish?Trek fans may yearn for more Trek. Koenig devotes considerable chunks of the book to his grim childhood (he grew up in a crumbling $67.50-a-month New York flat) and his pre- and post-Chekov career crises (after Star Trek, ?the phone never rang? for years). Still, Koenig, who?s made a comeback as a mind-reading villain on the sci-fi series Babylon 5, recounts his ups and downs with objectivity and wit, making this tale of a struggling actor worthwhile.

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