I would wager a guess that most people who read this blog know who Wil Wheaton is. However, if you do not, he is probably best known for his role as Wesley Crusher on Star Trek: The Next Generation. While this may be where he is most recognizable (at least to me, I suppose), he has also starred in the film, Stand By Me, recurred as himself on several episodes of The Big Bang Theory, shown up as a guest star on various genre shows (i.e. Dark Matter, Powers, Eureka, etc.), become a fairly notable Twitterer (tweeter? Twitter-star?), and hosted the highly entertaining, board-game themed, web series, Tabletop (from which I’ve discovered that Mr. Wheaton and I share a similar taste in board games).
Most recently, however, I’ve come across Wil Wheaton’s latest escapade: writing. Like myself, Wheaton is a blogger (albeit probably one with a much higher readership, but I’ll say we share a kinship nonetheless.) Check out his blog here.
One of his more recent posts details his new foray into the world of literature – specifically fantasy literature – through his short story, The Magician’s Path (check out the specific post here.) He’s only released a short teaser of the story at this point, but from what I’ve read I’d say that my interest is piqued, despite the small taste of the story we’ve gotten at this point being quite short and vague.
As a general fan of science fiction and fantasy, I’m always interested in new and unique takes on these genres. Wil Wheaton has always been at the forefront of “nerd” or “geek” culture, if you will, and has helped to shape and contribute to the science fiction genre in countless ways, so I’m intrigued to see what he can add to the realm of fantasy. The small peek we’ve been given of the story at this point details a magician who longs to find an apprentice, and then ultimately the young boy who asks to become one.
On his blog, Wil Wheaton has stated that he’s finished the second draft of the full story, and hopes to go over it again before posting the final product. I look forward to reading what’s to come!