and Leonard Nimoy
were the Lennon & McCartney, or possibly the Martin & Lewis, of science fiction. Their competitive natures brought out the best in each other on the original Star Trek
, an alchemy never again achieved by what followed in the Seventies. But unlike those other famous pairs, Shatner and Nimoy were able not only to successfully reunite in later years and continue doing good work, but to forge a lasting friendship — try to watch the 2001 documentary Mind Meld: Secrets Behind the Voyage of a Lifetime
, which is just them hanging out in Nimoy's backyard and reminiscing, without getting a little teary. Following Nimoy's death last year, Shatner has written Leonard: My Fifty-Year Friendship With a Remarkable Man
, which delves into the ups and downs of their decades-long relationship. He'll be reading from the book tonight, and whether you're a Trek
fan or not, it's a safe bet that there won't be a dry eye in the house.