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Koenig slowly built legacy as sci-fi scribe

Walk of Fame Honor: Walter Koenig

Walter Koenig never set out to be a writer. In fact, his first career choice was psychiatry — until he found he had no aptitude for science.

But the pre-med student turned actor turned scribe now has a 40-year history as a science fiction and fantasy writer.

His first book, written to save his sanity when his career stalled after “Star Trek,” was a sci-fi novel, “Buck Alice and the Actor-Robot.” He showed it to three writers at the time. Two liked it, he says, but the third, Harlan Ellison, hated it. So he hid it for 18 years.

It’s since been published three times — “I probably have the record for the most publishers with the least number of books sold,” he says with a laugh. It’s also been adapted as a radio drama that can be heard on Sirius.

His latest project is a graphic novel, “Things to Come” — a nod to H.G. Wells, but a story all Koenig’s own.

“It’s about vampires after the apocalypse,” he says. “It’s about why are they here, what do they have to look forward to, what do they represent in history.”

And if Koenig is right, we may see more of this story. “I do think it could make a terrific screenplay,” he says.

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