Author Biography: Wil Wheaton
Wil Wheaton's successful acting career began in 1986 with acclaimed roles in Stand By Me and Toy Soldiers. He continued to build his resume through his teen years as series regular ‘Wesley Crusher’ on Star Trek: The Next Generation and opposite Robin Williams in Flubber. Most recently he appeared on the hit television show CSI. But Wil is much more than just an actor; he’s an author, blogger, voice actor, special correspondent to the BBC and social commentator. He is also Just A Geek.
Currently, Wil splits his time between writing and voice acting, providing the voice for Cosmic Boy on "Legion of Superheroes," as well as several video games, including Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas, Everquest 2, Grand Theft Auto: Liberty City Stories, Ghost Recon 2, and Ghost Recon 2: Advanced War Fighter. In 2003, Wil founded indie publishing company Monolith Press, and released a book of his short narrative non-fiction essays called “Dancing Barefoot”. It was an enormous success, hitting best seller lists at Powell's World of Books and Amazon.com. In July 2004, the highly anticipated follow up, “Just A Geek” was published, and released as an audiobook in 2005. "The Happiest Days of Our Lives," Wil's third book, was released in 2007.
All three books grew out of Wil’s immensely popular, award-winning weblog, which he maintains at his website, WIL WHEATON dot NET. While most celebrities are happy to let publicists design and maintain their websites, Wil has taken a decidedly different turn with WWdN. He designed, coded, and maintains it entirely on his own. In 2003, Forbes.com readers voted WWdN the “Best Celebrity Weblog.” Wil's blog was chosen by C|Net for inclusion in their 100 most influential blogs, is consistently ranked in Technorati's Top 50 Blogs, and is an "A" lister, according to Blogebrity.com. In the 2002 weblog awards (the bloggies) Wil won every category in which he was nominated, including “Weblog of the year.” In 2007, Wil was nominated for a Lifetime Achievement Bloggie, alongside Internet powerhouses Slashdot and Fark.
Wil has been a special correspondent for BBC Radio, including stints on Radio 5's Up All Night during California's recall election in 2003. He also writes for Metroblogging's blogging.la, works as a scout for Propeller.com, writes reviews of classic Star Trek: The Next Generation for TVSquad.com, and is a featured weekly columnist at SuicideGirls.com. His column on classic 1980s video games, "The Games of our Lives" ran for 88 weeks in The Onion AV Club. He has also appeared as a contributor on VH1, MSNBC, Reelz, TV Land, and SPIKE TV.