Federation

ISBN: 1416530991
ISBN 13: 9781416530992
By: Judith Reeves-Stevens Garfield Reeves-Stevens

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The name of Zephram Cochrane is revered throughout the known galaxy. As the man responsible for the breakthrough that lifted humanity from its planetary cradle, Cochrane made possible the starship that would one day lead to the formation of Starfleet and the Federation. But Cochrane was born into a world ravaged by war -- a world in which his miraculous discovery represented hope to some, and a weapon to others. His struggle to preserve warp technology as an instrument of peace leads to relentless pursuit that spans centuries...and propels the captains and crews of two "Starship Enterprise" toward a rendezvous with destiny across the mists of time."FEDERATION"A Classic Novel Celebrating The Fortieth Anniversary of"STAR TREK (R)"

Reader's Thoughts

Wayne Yeager

great book that does a much better job of tying together the original series and the next generation than did the generations movie. I highly recommend it. good story and a nice balance between crews.

JC John Sese Cuneta

I like this novel better than the Canon "First Contact". At the same time, I like how they used the Guardian of Forever to tell a different story of the Federation that supposedly happened in another universe.It ended well, and made this book timeless because it happened elsewhere, not on the Primeverse. Then again, in-lore, which one is the Primeverse? Gave it 5 stars out of 5. I truly enjoyed it.

Dennis Hileman

Great story, should have been the first Next Generation movie.

Amber Colored Wolf

While this book took a very long time to read and I absolutely loved it.The amount of work and thought put into this title really blew me away. It surrounds three pivotal men in the history of the Federation, Zefram Cochrane, James T. Kirk and Jean-Luc Picard. All three of them end up having to work together in order to defeat a common foe.But really it's the themes of this story that make it make the impression that it does. Honor, duty and love. It is expressed numerous times through the text that these are the driving forces between all three of these men's actions.Also the idea that we should never stop living because even at the end of our own life the adventure will always continue. A must read for any Star Trek fan!

James

I've recently been on a big Star Trek reading kick. The hype for the new movie got me nostalgic for the old stuff, probably. I used to read these books all the time when I was young and loved them.One of the things I have now that I did not have then was the internet. I could find out what other Star Trek book readers enjoyed and I found a few message board threads online where people discussed their favorite Star Trek books. This book seemed to appear more often than the others. So, I hunted down the next time I was at the used book store.It lived up to the hype. While the first couple chapters start a little slow, but the story picks up really quickly. Pretty soon, each chapter is ending in a cool cliffhanger.The writers handle the characters of both the original series crew and the Next Generation crew very well. You can see and hear the characters in your head and at no time is there a feel that this is something you couldn't have seen on the screen. Certainly, this was a much better crossover between the two Captains than we would eventually get in Star Trek: Generations.The story follows three storylines, all interconnected. The first is the story of Zephram Cochrane, recently returned to Earth from the first warp flight in the 21st Century and having to deal with a greatly changed political climate at home. The second story follows Kirk and crew as they deal with a conspiracy of some support in Starfleet involving Cochrane. The third story seems to have little to do with the others at first, but follows Picard and crew as they deal with an ancient artifact discovered by the Romulans.I read a lot of Star Trek novels when I was young and am now reading a decent amount again. Star Trek novels are basically the geeky equivalent of reading Romance novels most of the time. There are tons of them and they are quick, fun reads. Every once in a while a book stands out that deals with some of the deeper themes and meanings in Star Trek. This is one of them. Like the others recommended this book on online forums, I will now list this as one of my favorites.

Rebecca

Reeves-Stevenses, I expected better of you! 3 stars because the large cast is characterized perfectly. Unfortunately the book is boring and self-important, trying too hard to be Epic. This is Zefram Cochrane's story. He's an icon in his own right with plenty of insight to offer about the development of the Federation. Kirk and Picard are just stealing screen time to milk the franchise-promoting, audience-pleasing TOS/TNG crossover cash cow. The TNG storyline is particularly forced and drags Zefram and the book past their dignified end. Any momentum this story has is killed by the constant switching between too many time periods, lengthy episode recaps, and pointless scientific asides. Also, this is modern ST! Why are there sooo many lame women in this book? The Companion particularly makes me nauseous, with her ridiculous name and magical female comforting energy and devotion to "the man." (To be fair, this book has gotten great reviews and obviously many ST viewers love crossovers and love the captains. Personally I've never met a Kirk/Picard crossover I didn't hate, and I read the books for their development of the Trek verse and their character driven stories.)

Raymond Shields

Wonderful tale of the cycle of life and the hatred that mankind can be capable of. Definitely recommend.

Daniel Kukwa

There's epic, and then there's "epic". The novel's release was enhanced by the end of TNG on TV and the imminent arrival of "Generations" at the multiplex...god, it was a good time to be a Star Trek fan.But aside from the glow of the times, this is just a smashingly written book in its own right. Some of the facts ended up being sidelined by the arrival of (god help us) "Enterprise" on TV...but in every way, THIS is the superior product. A gorgeous piece of SF and a wonderful example of Star Trek at its best, and what it stands for...then AND now.

Chelsea

I just finished reading what is probably the best Star Trek novel ever written. Federation by Judith and Garfield Reeves-Stevens. I read it for the first time a good while a go, I was probably in 8th grade or so. I knew then that it was a book I would probably re-read someday, but since I'd borrowed it from the library, I couldn't exactly keep it. Recently, I found a copy for less than a buck in the Amazon Marketplace, and acquired it. Now, about a year later, I've finally gotten around to reading it.It's hard to describe much of what transpires in the book without giving it all away. What I will say, however, is that it was written before the First Contact movie and portrays a much more realistic first contact scenario, and a much more realistic Zephram Cochrane.What I like most about this book is that, while acknowledging and confronting the ugliest side of humanity, it's still optimistic about us and the progress that we will make. Much like the rest of the Star Trek universe, but with less of the blind allegiance and abject stupidity that often crops up.That said, it's also a great space romp, and will bend your brain thinking about time, space, and space-time. If you let it, anyway.Honestly, it's stories like this that keep my faith in modern culture, we're still thinking, questioning, exploring, just in different backdrops. As I'm learning to be open to them, I can only hope that others are too.

Alejandro

I was real lucky to be able to get this novel virtually right when it's got out on the hardcover edition. The book got out in November 1994, and I bought it on January 1995. The novel was published as part of the big event of the meeting of both captains, Kirk and Picard, on the film "Star Trek: Generations" that it was premiered around that date too. In my country the film got some months later (back then, there weren't simultaneous premieres like now) so I didn't have to think much to decide to buy this novel. It was an impressive hardcover and in the cover you have both captains. One of the best elements of the novel was that while the film "Generations" had to struggle to just have some members of the original crew (Kirk, Scotty and Chekov), on the novel, thanks to the power of writing and no limitations of "casting" characters for the novel, you have here the entire original crew and in their prime time of the Original Series time period, and of course you have the full crew of The Next Generation too, so you have here the real dream of many trekkers, a crossover story with both full crews. But if you think that it was all, no, there is more! You also have Zefram Cochrane, the inventor of the Warp Drive. How about that, mmh? The book has 3 storylines, interchanging along the chapters, one sub-arc with The Original Crew, another with The Next Generation, and yet another with Cochrane. Each sub-arc works separately in three different time periods, but along the reading you will finding the connexion between the three sub-arc to form the main storyline of the book. I won't spoil anything. I just want to let you know that if you are a trekker, you will be delighted more than any possible way to describe it when Zefram Cochrane will explain in a graphic way his theory of the warp travel. Priceless. Highly recommended.

Cheryl in CC NV

This review - https://www.goodreads.com/review/show... - says what I want to say, pretty much. However, imo, the novel didn't succeed, as the flaws of implausibility, underdeveloped sub-plots, too much history & backstory & preachiness & internal monologues, were just too much. In fact, I thought it boring until the last third, and even at the end it was not at all satisfying. Of course, ymmv - esp. if you pay better attention than I do to all the history & arcs and have seen the movies more than once, etc. I freely admit to being a fan, but I prefer my novelizations to be more internally relevant than, and more independent of, the rest of the ST universe.One example of the struggle the authors had to get everything explained without making this feel like a data sheet was when Picard's enterprise was facing a puzzling challenge and Troi says "I don't understand what the difficulty is." I immediately thought - why wouldn't she? She's not a dumb female. Then I thought - oh, ok, she's going to say something like "well, if that's all, then can't we simply do this?" Turns out no. She just asked so that the authors could give the reader several paragraphs of explanation without interrupting the action.The only reason I'm not giving this one star is because there were some interesting bits. I honestly don't remember what they are right now, but I know they must have been in there because I managed to finish the book last night.

Kerry

I have very low expectations for Star Trek fiction, I'll admit. But this book was fantastic. Casts from both the TOS and TNG era are involved (not to mention Zefram Cochrane!) and everyone acts as you'd expect them to act. There's enough pseudo-science to make it interesting, but not so much that the suspension of disbelief becomes difficult to maintain. The action was well written as well. If you're only going to read one Star Trek book, this is the one. (I'll get back to you after I finish Final Reflection, of course.)I have nothing but respect for the Reeves-Stevenses. They're good Trek people.

Nicholas

Well done. This is no longer considered Star Trek canon anymore, since First Contact reworks a lot of elements in this story, but it's still a great work of fiction. Federation spans 300 years of future history and two different Star Trek series, weaving together elements from 3 different time periods into a seamless whole that makes sense and is not hokey. Eventually the three storylines converge and there are elements of older Star Trek episodes woven into the whole fabric that made this a really nostalgic adventure for me. Reminded me of the better parts of 8th grade and times with my dad watching dorky science fiction. I noticed on reading this and comparing it with the numerous Star Wars novels I've read that the thing that separates the two is the level of action. Star Wars contains epic battles and these very cool filmable moments that you can visualize and say, "dang that's so cool." Star Trek has more of a family feel, an adventure into unknown and uncharted territory, where discovery is what's exciting. It's more technologically and scientifically oriented and there is awe and wonder in the discovery of new laws of physics or new species and new races, or in the discussion of the technology, which seems far more advanced than Star Wars tech.Anyway, Federation tells the story of Zefram Cochrane, the man who invents faster-than-light travel and makes the whole world of the Federation and Star Trek even possible. The story picks up on the outbreak of World War III and Cochrane is a wanted man- wanted for the military application of the technology he's created. So he uses it to go into hiding, setting out to be the furthest man from home, and he is never seen or heard from again. We also meet Kirk, at the end of his life, searching for meaning, wanting the adventure of discovery to continue as he remembers his past, and his very unusual run-ins with a young Zefram Cochrane- 200 years after the man had disappeared. Also making their way into the story is the crew of The Next Generation, and my favorite captain, Jean-Luc Picard, who are unraveling a Romulan mystery, which may or may not hold the keys to the Federations survival in the coming confrontation with the Borg.It's a well-written, well conceived story, but I think to get the most out of it, you have to have background knowledge in both the original series and the next generation. Recommended for all Trekkies.

Michael

Everything that we hoped "Generations" would be but wasn't. The first meeting of the classic "Trek" and "Next Gen" is one of the better Trek novels written by someone not named Peter David.

Isaac

I feel ultimately like the authors didn't know the characters involved and treated them like caricatures.

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