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Beaming Up and Getting Off: Life Before and Beyond Star Trek


From the publisher's web site
Walter Koenig released his memoirs, Warped Factors, in 1997. Now – two decades on – Jacobs Brown Press returns Warped Factors to print, expanded and updated by Walter, bringing readers and fans up to date on his life and projects – worlds beyond his best-known large- and small-screen roles in Star Trek and Babylon 5.
Beaming Up and Getting Off: Life Before and Beyond Star Trek details Walter's childhood during World War II and youth during the 1950s Red Scare. Never shy to share candid revelations about his professional and personal life, Walter takes the reader from New York's Neighborhood Playhouse to his early TV roles on Mr. Novak and The Alfred Hitchcock Hour, and on to "the final frontier."
Originally cast as Ensign Pavel Chekov, Star Trek's answer to the Monkees' Davy Jones, Walter has also amassed writing credits for science fiction, graphics novels, screenplays, and books, as well as producing several films. Later cast as the evil Alfred Bester on Babylon 5, a new generation of sci-fi fans were exposed to a less benign facet of his acting personality.
Beyond his onstage roles from Ebenezer Scrooge to Tom Sawyer, and just about anything in between, Walter describes the hours on his non-profit and charitable work. These projects have yielded some of his most satisfying, and unheralded, achievements.
Beaming Up and Getting Off is full of Walter's wry, insightful, and sometimes off-kilter reminiscences of life on the stage, on starships, and the worlds in between. It's a chronicle of fan conventions, behind-the-scenes Star Trek experiences, and the fascinating musings of an artist who delights in exploring avenues of interest where no one has gone before.

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Background information

  • This autobiography was in essence the revised and expanded second edition of Koenig's Warped Factors autobiography from 1998. [1]