Wil Wheaton’s Doppelganger Will Serve You Now

When I was in Austin I went to dinner with friends, and one of the wait staff here was this guy, who looked enough like My Pal Wil that I felt it necessary to take a photo of him and post it here. I don’t know if he gets a lot of the “dude, you totally look like Wil Wheaton” thing, but you know what? Now he will.

Austin in general: Lovely. It was my second time in Texas’ capital city, and for the second time I liked it a whole lot. Since my only other experience with Texas at this point has been airports, it would be a little early to call it my favorite city in the Lone Star State, but I can say it’s a city I would be happy to revisit again soon.

The TLA conference was also really good — my booth signing went through all the books we had, which is what you hope for, and then the panel I was on (with Pat Rothfuss, Elizabeth Moon, Jonathan Maberry, Maria V. Snyder and Ryan Brown) was both well attended and lots of fun to be on. Plus I got a little quality time in with Pat and Paolo Bacigalupi, which is always a good time.

Yes, the having my departing flight delayed into oblivion by high winds and thereby leaving a day late kind of sucked, but I don’t blame Austin or the TLA for that. So thanks, Texas, for a fantastic time. And for the Wil Wheaton lookalike, which was the cherry on top of the whole Texas sundae.

27 Comments on “Wil Wheaton’s Doppelganger Will Serve You Now”

  1. I’m certain there is an episode of The Big Bang Theory in this photo somewhere. Will Wheaton, hiding in Texas (where Sheldon comes from)…damn. To the FanFic-Mobile!!!

  2. Can I ask what restaurant you guys ended up at? I am trying to tell from the photo, but I really can’t… maybe Iron Cactus on 6th?

  3. Ali Trotta – Somewhere near the coffee pot. – I'm a writer who lives on coffee and sarcasm. I'll be the first to crack a joke, even if I'm mocking myself. I find inspiration everywhere, and I'm forever scribbling on napkins.

    That guy totally looks like Wil Wheaton. Really freakin’ awesome.

  4. You obviously forgot about that TNG episode where Wesley Crusher was duplicated by a transporter malfunction. Unlike some shows that cheaped out on their technical consultants, Star Trek: TNG never resorted to faking the tech.

  5. Austin also has a fabulous music scene – which I was introduced to the last time I had an Astrometry Team meeting there. (Long, long time ago.)

  6. I told the devs this would happen if they let WheatonIX fork, but did they listen to me? Noooooooo!

  7. Ooh. I hope that guy is ready for the Bacon Cat level of internet fame.

    I can see him on a motivational poster, but I’m too lazy to make it: “SELF ESTEEM; Yes, thank you I know, but in actual fact he looks like me.”

  8. “Ooh. I hope that guy is ready for the Bacon Cat level of internet fame.”

    Imagine how famous he would become if John actually taped bacon to him…the Bacon Taped, Wheaton lookalike…awesome.

  9. How do you know it wasn’t WW, and that he was stalking you in his self-appointed role as your honourary unpaid food-taster and all-round stalker ?

    (you should have checked the hand-luggage compartment above your plane seat – he got some good photos of you sleeping……)

  10. changterhune – Before you hear lies from Chang Terhune himself, we thought we’d tell you the truth: without us, his old action figures, he’d be nowhere. He loved science fiction from way back and began reading it at an early age, but it was through us that he acted it all out. That’s what led to the writing. He watched a lot of science fiction shows like Star Trek, U.F.O, and movies, too. But we were always there to do his bidding. And it’s like they say: you always forget about the little people on your way up. Oh, the 70’s and early 80’s with him were good times! He’d use these blocks and make all the crazy buildings for us to be in his stories. I gotta say the kid’s imagination was pretty damn fertile. Oh, he had friends, but they just weren’t into it like him. He was like the Lance Armstrong of action figures. And of science fiction. At first, when he began writing in the eighth grade, we didn’t mind. He still made time for us. And we knew that when he was holding us in his sweaty little hands and he got that far off look in his eye, he’d come back to burying us in the back yard or - god forbid! – blowing us up with firecrackers. But it was worth it for a part in one of those stories. We loved him for it. He kept us around even when we were minus a leg or two - or even a head. In that mind of his, he found a use for all of us. Then he discovered girls. October, 1986. It was like the end of the world. One day we’re standing in the middle of this building block creation he’d pretended was some marble city on a planet near Alpha Centauri and the next we were stuck in a box in the closet. Not even a “See ya later!” Nope, it was into the closet, then we heard some high-pitched girly-giggles then silence. We didn’t see him for years. We got word about him once in a while. Heard he took up writing, but it was crap like “The Breakfast Club” only with better music. We couldn’t believe it. Not Charlie. What happened to those aliens with heads he’d sculpted out of wax? Spaceships? Those complex plots? All gone. For what? You guessed it: Girls. Emotions. “Serious fiction.” I tell you, it was like hearing Elvis had left the building. During our two decade exile in the closet, we heard other things about him. He went to college. He wrote a lot, but not much he really liked. We knew it even then. It was like he didn’t dare write science fiction. Some of us had lost hope and just lay there. Others kept vigil, hoping for a day we didn’t dare speak about. Then we heard he’d stopped writing in 1996. Did he come to reclaim us? No. He took up music for ten years or so. He took up yoga. Once in a while, he’d visit us in the closet. But it was half-hearted. His mind was elsewhere. Then one day, he really did come back for us. One second we’re in the dark and the next thing we know we’re in a car headed for Massachusetts. Suddenly we got a whole shelf to ourselves out in broad daylight! Then he bought a bunch of others form some planet called Ebay. He’d just sit and stare at us with that old look. But why were we suddenly back in the picture? He had a wife now, who didn’t mind that he played with us. So what had happened? Turns out he’d never forgotten about those stories. He’d been thinking about all of us and the stories he’d made up and then remembered he’d been a writer once. From the shelf we could see him typing away. Before long he’s got a whole novel together! Then he’s working on another one. Word is there are two more in the planning stages! Some short stories, too! It’s good to see him using his imagination again. Its good to know he never abandoned us. He returned to his true love of science fiction. We hear the stories are pretty good. Someday we’ll get one of the cats to score us a copy of the manuscript. Man, it’s good to be out of the damn closet! --- I'm smarter than you I'm harder than you I'm better than you I'm just raw I'm hotter than you More popular than you More clever than you And goshdarn it, people like me I'm smarter than you I'm harder than you I'm better than you I'm just raw I'm hotter than you More popular than you More clever than you And goshdarn it, people like me
    Chang, who isn't going out like that!

    It looks more like the bastard lovechild of Wil Wheaton and Lance Bass.

    And I completely forgot that Austin was the capital of the Texas.

  11. On the one hand, the dude is about to seriously get bugged by internet geeks. On the other hand, he’s about to make some sweet tips.

  12. So what you’re saying is that next time WW is in Austin he needs to get a picture taken with this guy :-)

  13. weird—I just finished Wil Wheaton’s book, “Just a Geek” a few minutes ago…. This cannot be a coincidence, can it? I hope that the doppelganger is pleased.

  14. Ummmmmm THIS IS weird! That is ME in that PHOTO!!!! You did not tell me you were going to post that photo on your wed site! And now People are talking about me. Who are you? Ha ha You should have asked. Anyway, well I saw a photo of Wil and I guess your right he does look a little like me. I’m Benjamin BTW not that dude that works at parkside.

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