Star Trek Fan-Favorite Captain Gets Autobiography

By Charlene Badasie | Published

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The Autobiography of Benjamin Sisko, by Derek Tyler Attico, sees the beloved Star Trek Captain telling his own story. A distinguished sci-fi essayist and accomplished photographer, Attico previously received the Excellence in Playwriting Award from the Dramatist Guild of America. As a two-time champion of the Star Trek: Strange New Worlds short story contest, Attico caught the attention of Titan Books.

A Carefully Chosen Author

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The publishing house handpicked Attico to write The Autobiography of Benjamin Sisko, which has been called a captivating addition to the pantheon of Star Trek autobiographies. This particular literary endeavor skillfully details the life of Starfleet’s legendary captain and Emissary of the Prophets, providing readers with an intimate portrayal that feels like a present-tense journey.

Starting At The End

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The Autobiography of Benjamin Sisko is told through the lens of Ben Sisko’s memories, offering a glimpse into the character’s psyche after leaving to commune with the Prophets in the final episode of Star Trek: Deep Space Nine — “What We Leave Behind.” With the aid of the Bajoran Prophets, Sisko leaves his story behind for his son Jake and his unborn daughter.

The result is a compelling and authentic “autobiography” that captures the essence of the character portrayed by Avery Brooks over seven seasons of Star Trek: Deep Space Nine. Born in New Orleans, Benjamin Sisko spent his early life with his father, Joseph, who owned the restaurant named “Sisko’s Creole Kitchen.” Before taking the helm of Deep Space Nine, Sisko lost his wife during the infamous Battle of Wolf 359.


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Sisko’s journey as a central character, detailed in The Autobiography of Benjamin Sisko) begins when he is assigned to command Deep Space Nine, a space station we soon learn is strategically located near a stable wormhole that leads to the unexplored Gamma Quadrant.

A unique aspect of Sisko’s character is his unexpected role as the Emissary of the Prophets in the Bajoran religion. It adds a spiritual dimension to his character as he grapples with the expectations and responsibilities of being a religious figure to the Bajoran people. Sisko’s leadership style is pragmatic, marked by diplomacy, strategic thinking, and a willingness to make tough decisions.

The History Of The Siskos

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The Autobiography of Benjamin Sisko truly shines in its detailed exploration of Ben Sisko’s upbringing. His roots are deeply embedded in the multigenerational Sisko clan. Attico introduces us to Ben’s grandparents, providing a rich tapestry of culture and character. Their familial bonds, love, and cultural grounding resonate throughout, vividly depicting young Ben’s formative years.

The author’s attention to detail is commendable, especially when describing how Ben’s parents, siblings, and neighbors contributed to shape his worldview. The revelation that Ben was homeschooled and experienced the 24th Century with a delay adds a layer of charm to The Autobiography of Benjamin Sisko.

Stories We Know, Through A Different Lens

The latter part of The Autobiography of Benjamin Sisko focuses on events from Deep Space Nine. Attico takes a divergent path by delving into character-centric reflections on friends, enemies, mentors, and others. This shift may perplex readers unfamiliar with the intricacies of the beloved sci-fi series. However, for dedicated fans, it offers a thought-provoking exploration of Sisko’s life and experiences.

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