Picks and Pans Review: Star Trek®: I'm Working on That
Putting the science back in science fiction, Shatner informs us that the idea for this exploration of how gee-whiz technology could radically alter our existence arrived courtesy of Stephen Hawking. Upon visiting the set of Star Trek: The Next Generation, the eminent astrophysicist inspected the ship's "warp drive" and remarked, "I'm working on that."
Though a hero to Nerd Nation, Shatner prides himself on being an average guy: He admits having problems operating his remote-controlled house lights and even his TV clicker. As our narrator, he's impressed and baffled as scientists explain immortality research, prospects for real time travel and why "beaming up" would be more complicated in the real world than it is for Captain Kirk. This is the perfect guide to all the ideas you thought only nerds could understand. (Pocket, $25)
Bottom Line: Boldly go read it