I Am Spock
is the second volume of actor and director Leonard Nimoy
's autobiography. The book was published in 1995, four years after the release of the last Star Trek
motion picture starring the entire original cast, and covers the majority of Nimoy's time with Star Trek in general and Mr. Spock
in particular. The book's title was a reference to the first volume of his autobiography, I Am Not Spock
, which had been published in 1975. At that time Nimoy had sought to distance his own personality from that of the character of Spock, although he nonetheless remained proud of his time on the show. Negative fan reaction to the title gave Nimoy the idea for the title of the second volume.
In his second autobiography, Nimoy explains that the title of the first book had been his idea, over the objections of his publishers. He had not anticipated the problem of people reading the title without reading the book. In reality, his feelings toward Spock had not changed at all in the intervening years. On the contrary, Nimoy explains in this book that Spock has always been a part of him.
This duality is explored and taken to extremes throughout the book. Indeed, the book's foreword is written by Mr. Spock himself, in the form of a letter the Vulcan
writes to Leonard Nimoy, to express confusion over the highly illogical title. Throughout the book, Nimoy frequently has conversations with his other half, as he explores the choices and decisions he has made throughout his... Read More