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

Tony

I can't remember exactly when I read it, I know I need to read it again. I'd received a Star Trek novel for Christmas, & it set in motion a voracious appetite for Star Trek books. This tale spans Earth's history from a pre-warp drive civilization, through the Star Fleet era of Kirk, up to Picard's timeline, & well beyond. Both Judith & Garfield Reeves-Stevens are among the best writers of Star Trek novels, with an uncanny knowledge of the Star Trek universe.

Kevin

I read a lot of these franchise novels, back in elementary school probably. The franchise tended to be irrelevant; there were lasers and shit, especially shit that got blown up real good. Funny aliens were included. Such books tend to be like madlibs, with a big concept conceived first and details of character, setting and the like penciled in later. These novels quickly became a source of much-deserved shame, and I moved on to science fiction that was more obscure but by and large not necessarily better."Federation" was the only Star Trek novel I read imbued with the virtues of Gene Rodenberry's creation. More depth of characterization here is spared to three generations of series familiars than you are likely to see in a Star Trek movie ever again; contrast, for instance, the withdrawn Zephram Cochrane seen here with the hard-partying, thrill-seeking redneck who straps himself onto a big damn rocket in "First Contact".That's all.

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.

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.

Charles

It was an alright tale from the Reeves-Stevens team. It was extremely slow going in the beginning, but once it got going, it was a romping Trek tale. But it sorely needed better editing. The bookends that framed the story had absolutely nothing to do with what was going on and could easily have been removed without disrupting the main plot one bit.

Alexander Smith

I barely got through the book. The whole story line with Cochran (especially the character itself) goes counter to the existing character and background on the movies. Once I put that glaring inconsistency behind me, it was a decent read. (And yes, I know this book was published before the movie. Doesn't make it less consistent.)

Mikael Kuoppala

An epic story that manages to hold together despite its vast array of subjects. Quality work by the Reeves-Stevens couple, "Federation" is an ambitious book that combines different areas of the Star Trek universe. It has an amazingly wide scope, as it unites different eras of the Federation's history, combining them all together, and creating a tale of epic proportions. The problem with this one is the way all this is done.The book has three different stories combined in it, with all of them merging in the end. One tells us about the aftermath of World War III, with Zefram Cochrane, the inventor of Human warp propulsion, as the protagonist. The segment misses it's potential and is left somewhat predictable and messy.A second story takes place shortly after the TOS episode "Journey to Babel", and deals with the aftermath of Kirk's encounter with Cochrane in the second season episode "Metamorphosis".The third story is set right after the TNG episode "Sarek", and at first doesn't seem to have anything in common with the first two stories.The book isn't all that beliavable with its way of bringing all these seemingly separate stories together. The scope of the novel is epic, but the actual plot is far from it, as it deals with a surprisingly simple blood feud between Cochrane and his two dimensional arch enemy. On top of that, Cochrane's character isn't being portrayed in a particulary interesting way, and is left flat and overly perfect, even though the book describes the bigger part of his whole life.The TOS-era segment is the most interesting, as it provides good plotting and insightfull characterization. The TNG-era segment is more uninspired, even if it contains some surprises. The problems with this particular segment lies in the insufficcient and hollow characterization. The characters seem to resemble the ones from "Encounter at Farpoint", instead of the more deeper cast of the third season.As a whole, the book is predictable an uneven, as it creates an epic crossover story out of thin air and leaves it's credibility under question. The story is well stuctured, though, and the Reeves-Stevens have managed to make the story alive against all odds and provide a rare look into the history of the Federation.Be wary, though, that "Federation" was written before "Generations", "First Contact" and the first episode of Enterprise, wich leads to some continuityu problems between it, the "death" of Kirk in "Generations" and the appearances of Cochrane and the invention of the warp drive in "First Contact" and "Broken Bow".

Tim

If you're a Star Trek fan, this is a good read...but beware. It was written in 1994, therefore the events of First Contact and this book contradicts the life of Zephram Cochrane and the first warp drive attempt. The way this book was written was intriguing, with 21st, 22nd and 23rd century events happening concurrently between chapters, but the way the writers wove in episodes from The Original Series and Next Generation was done very well. It was very easy to see all the characters you know to act and respond the way they did in this book. One last thing, if you love space battles, there are three in this book that are breathtaking and won't let you put the book down!!

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.

AmblingBooks

"Captain Kirk and the crew of the Enterprise TM pursue a most critical mission: rescuing the brilliant scientist Zefram Cochrane from captors who want to use his skills to develop a way to conquer the galaxy. Ninety-nine years in the future, Captain Picard commands his own Enterprise crew on a similar mission, the rescue of an important and mysterious person whose safety is vital to the Federation's survival. As their missions develop, the two Enterprise 's are drawn closer together until the past and future overlap, and in a very literal sense the fate of each ship depends upon the success of the other."Listen to the audio of Star Trek: Federation.

Fábio

Esqueça o filme Primeiro Contato. Escrito em 1994, Federation mostra uma versão diferente, e bem mais sombria, daquela vista no filme de 96 e da série Enterprise para a criação da Federação. Se vc Trekker se frustrou com o encontro de Kirk e Picard em Generations, o livro traz Zefram Cochrane(o original da Série Clássica), O Guardião da Eternidade, as tripulações das naves de Kirk e Picard indo onde nenhum outro livro jamais esteve...

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.

Scarlett Sims

This one is in a different class from the other Star Trek novels I've read. It's much less like a well fan-ficc'd episode of the show and much more like a movie. It's epic in scope and spans three time periods: Shortly after Zefram Cochrane's development of the warp drive, Kirk's time, and Picard's time. The whole thing is much more a story about Cochrane's relationship with his rival, Adrik Thorsen, than it is about either Enterprise crew. However the authors do manage to work in some references to the show. There is probably a bit too much information left out for this to stand alone if you've never seen the show, but if you are a fan this is a well-written and fun read.

Valerie Curtis

I loved this book! It's the best of Star Trek, TNG, and of course, the beginning. I will admit that my lack of true science knowledge stumped me in 2 or 3 places, but I was able to pick it up quickly. I loved the tie in's of several episodes and my favorite characters. Too bad they weren't able to make this a movie :)

Robert

Curious book.At first I thought we had four discreet stories with some tie to one another. There was a framing story told at the Guardian of Forever. Then there was a Zefram Cochrane story, a Kirk Enterprise story, and a Picard Enterprise story told in mostly rotating chapters. Most novels like this eventually bring the three stories together. Until about 2/3 of the way through the book, I was convinced the three stories would never come together. I was wrong, of course. This is Star Trek. They have ways.I rather respect the effort in this case. There is a long history to this novel, and it represents the first effort to bring the generations together. Moreover, it more or less had the blessing of Gene Roddenberry. So when the fullness of time came, then this novel came.Sadly, it all ended on a sour note. Let me explain. I was not a Dallas: TOS fan, but it seems the entire American culture was aware when Bobby Ewing took a shower and an entire season of Dallas became a dream. All the character development was nixed. All the plot lines for that year were to be forgotten as though they had never happened. Nothing from that year was to be canon. That is how this novel ends, with a question mark. Did it happen? Of course, none of the novels (except two Voyager volumes) are canon. Still, one hates to wade through a tome of this weight only to have the authors to say, "Oh, BTW, it was all just a joke! LOL"Well, I won't let that take away from the enjoyment I had in the two captains working together without violating a communications ban, and then one of them violating the ban anyway just to salute the respectability of his peer. I dare say other readers will enjoy this as well.

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