Talk about a once-in-a-lifetime event. Star Trek fans packed Ballroom 20 at San Diego Comic Con yesterday to hear William Shatner, Captain Kirk himself, read excerpts from the upcoming book The Autobiography of James T. Kirk: The Story of Starfleet's Greatest Captain. Shatner was joined on stage by the book's author, David A. Goodman, who moderated a fun-filled session that was punctuated by jokes, laughter and applause.

"I don't do this (SDCC) all the time," Shatner said at one point, "but San Diego Comic Con is where it's at." Later, Shatner asked Goodman, "You want me to read excerpts from your book?" Goodman smiled and replied, "Yeah, captain." One fan captured the essence of the event in a perfect tweet from Ballroom 20. Mike Roe tweeted, "... So excited to WATCH A MAN READ!" Shatner looked up at one point after hearing the crowd's reaction to his reading and said, "I think they love it."A few moments later, Shatner read from a scene that depicted an encounter, after a number of years, with Carol Marcus, with Kirk describing her as small and blonde, "which I guess was my type," and Shatner, to the crowd's approval, ad-libbing, "Actually, what wasn't my type?" Separately, Shatner was asked if Captain Kirk had a favorite uniform. "The more drape, the better I felt... later on," Shatner said, eliciting a roar from the crowd. 
And Goodman put the session in perfect perspective when he said, "I hope you'll all read the book with William Shatner's voice and jokes in your head."
The Autobiography of James T. Kirk: The Story of Starfleet's Greatest Captain, produced by Becker&Mayer! and published by Titan Books, will be out in the fall of 2015. Go to to pre-order the book. 


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