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Federation (Star Trek: The Original Series)

3.97 of 5 stars 3.97  ·  rating details  ·  1,164 ratings  ·  73 reviews
Captain Kirk and the crew, along with Captain Picard and his crew--99 years in the future--struggle to fulfill their separate missions. But destiny intervenes to place the fate of each starship in the hands of the other vessel.
Hardcover, 467 pages
Published November 1st 1994 (first published 1994)
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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 readi...more
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 t...more
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.
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 do...more
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 mer...more
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...more
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...more
Apr 12, 2009 rivka rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: all ST fans
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Excellent, even if it would be better if a few of the preachy bits were removed.

One of the best time-travel books I've read, in large part because it really didn't involve much time travel!
Star Trek - Federation
By Judith and Garfield Reeves-Stevens

Publisher: Pocket Books
Published In: New York, NY
Date: 1995
Pgs: 467

The shadows of a madman of Earth’s World War 3 collides with that of Zephram Cochrane, the father of warp drive that made the Federation possible and gave birth to the times of Kirk and Picard. These shadows stretch out through the ages of the Federation. Darkness, madness, obssession...light, discovery, ingenuity...the coin flipped. Picard, Kirk, and their crews...more
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 Zefr...more
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...more
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...more
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 rea...more
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 necessari...more
Michael Mangold
Using the original series episodes "Metamorphosis" and "Journey to Babel" as launching points for three separate stories, the lives of Zefram Cochrane, James T. Kirk and Jean Luc Picard entwine as the United Federation of Planets is born and matures. Chapters alternate between the three time-lines, with Cochrane fleeing a Khan-like madman in the 21st century, beginning an obsessive pursuit that ensnares the USS Enterprise and ultimately its successor vessel the Enterprise-D. Hardcore Trekkies wi...more
"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 pa...more
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.
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 reference...more
Many people list Federation as one of the best Star Trek novels of all time, and I'm hard-pressed to disagree. Epic in scope and rich in characterization and history, Federation was a true pleasure to read. One of the primary reasons I love Star Trek is its portrayal of a future in which humanity has moved beyond revenge and petty jealousy, and while Federation does feature the darker side of mankind, its message is ultimately optimistic in the true Star Trek fashion. As much as I love First Con...more
The joint universes/timelines are handled very well, with perfect respect. It errs heavily on the side of Kirk. The Guardian of Forever gets a cameo in the framing sequence. Flint (from http://en.memory-alpha.org/wiki/Requi...) also gets to push along the plot with his cameo, establishing that maybe he never meant to claim he was the muscian Brahms but someone else... a businessman perhaps from when business was still an art on Earth. Or maybe he liked to reuse names.

The read wasn't horribly com...more
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 Fin...more
Dennis Hileman
Great story, should have been the first Next Generation movie.
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 Tre...more
Such a fun, engaging book! I LOVED it.
Raymond Shields
Wonderful tale of the cycle of life and the hatred that mankind can be capable of. Definitely recommend.
I feel ultimately like the authors didn't know the characters involved and treated them like caricatures.
Reev Robledo
If you're a fan of the original Star Trek and The Next Generation series, then Federation is a real treat. Set within 300 years in the Star Trek universe, this book covers the invention of the warp drive and the evolution of space travel and of course, the United Federation of Planets. I would have given it a perfect score but sometimes the techno-babble sounds exactly that—babble. This one's 5x better than the crossover movie Generations. A definite must-read for all Trekkies!
I read this in 1994 when it came out then again recently. It's not a bad story. It follows one memorable character from the original series through three time periods.

The author makes a statment at the end how movies or TV might rewrite the history he invented, and that did happen. It was well done though. If you know the canon history based on movies and TV, but can suspend that because some of that wasn't developed when this was written, you'll enjoy this book.
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.
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...
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