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Federation (Star Trek: The Original Series)

4.03  ·  Rating Details  ·  1,629 Ratings  ·  99 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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Jun 14, 2009 Chelsea rated it it was amazing
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
Jan 06, 2016 Alejandro rated it really liked it
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
Feb 24, 2009 Michael rated it really liked it
Shelves: star-trek
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.
Aug 31, 2015 Rusty rated it really liked it
*Updated with an actual review*

Never let it be said that there aren't any great Star Trek novels out there. Or if it is said, then this is my exhibit A in defense of... wait, I think I'm about to get my legal stuff mixed up Habeas Corpus! Exacto Petronum!

There, check and mate.

So, now that I've proven, legally, that Star Trek is capable of producing some great novels, I can tell you that this should be right up there in that conversation. An interesting side-note, Judith was a write
Jun 03, 2016 Sud666 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sci-fi
This was a truly superb read. The story, managing to avoid the common Star Trek trope of time travel,covers three different time periods. The first story-line is about Zefram Cochrane, the developer of the warp drive and occurs around 2061. The second storyline concerns Captain Kirk and occurs around 2267 and the third storyline is Captain Picard and occurs around 2366.

The Cochrane story deals with how Zefram dealt with Col Thorsen and the Optimal Movement, a proto Neo-Nazi movement that lead th
Mar 12, 2016 Aron rated it really liked it
The only reason I gave this book 4 stars is because there's about 15% near the end of this novel that's just awesome. I really enjoyed the TOS chapters throughout the entirety book the book but the TNG & the Cochrane chapters weren't as interesting & the TNG crew just didn't seem right, my opinion they were out of character at times. However the very well written TOS chapters & that 15% of awesomeness saved the day & definitely made it worthwhile. Just a thought here but,... ...more
Aug 20, 2015 Kate rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Could we not have received this on film instead of Star Trek: Generations? Please? I mean I get that this film probably would have been really long and drawn out perhaps for a film but man it would have been awesome. This book really pulls everything together and it is just such a great, feel good, and amazing story more about the Federation and its legacy than it is a single man.

We alternate between three stories mainly: Kirk's time (just after the events of the season 2 episode "Journey to Bab
Mar 18, 2010 James rated it it was amazing
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
Torstein Rødset
Sep 02, 2015 Torstein Rødset rated it it was amazing
My first Star Trek book! After 20 years of watching all the shows and movies, I actually got around to reading a book.

And what a treat! It was like discoverying 3 new episodes I did not know about. The Crew of the 2 enterprises are instantly recognizable and makes for very comfortable reading.

The third storyline that involves earth and the past gets a little tedious, but cannot drag down the rest of the book.

The main villan though is downright cartoony. SUCH EVIL! Then again, this is trek ;)

Mikael Kuoppala
May 17, 2012 Mikael Kuoppala rated it really liked it
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
Amber Colored Wolf
Aug 15, 2011 Amber Colored Wolf rated it it was amazing
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
Nov 21, 2012 Tim rated it really liked it
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
Feb 25, 2013 Dan rated it it was amazing
Shelves: star-trek, tos, tng, e-books
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
Jul 11, 2015 Gary rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sci-fi
one of the very first star trek books i ever read and i was so happy i did as it started me off into the trek book universe and i have never looked back
Nov 08, 2014 Michael rated it it was amazing
I was surprised how much I enjoyed this book. I am an unabashed Star Trek fan, and have been since I was about five years old. One of my earliest memories is of watching Star Trek with my father, who would proclaim that it was the best show in the world. I never read many Star Trek novels; maybe one or two back in high school, but a friend and fellow Trekie suggested I check one out, so I did, and I am glad! This was a fun story combining two of the Star Trek story lines--the original series and ...more
Jan 28, 2016 Derkanus rated it it was amazing
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Apr 12, 2009 rivka rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: all ST fans
Shelves: startrek
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!
Judd Vance
Jul 10, 2016 Judd Vance rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It's not cannon, but it's entertaining. It has 3 stories at once: one concerning the greatest captain in Federation history, another story about Picard, and another about Zephram Cochrane. Each one is so compelling that when you end a chapter, you are disappointed to see the next chapter shift to another character, only to get wrapped up in it. Of course, all 3 converge in the end and Picard comes away wishing he were but 1/1000th the captain that Kirk was, but knows he can never be that man.
Maurizio Codogno
Jan 16, 2015 Maurizio Codogno rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantascienza
Se non vado errato, questo libro è la versione su carta di una sceneggiatura parallela che ha portato a Star Trek - Generations; e ho come l'impressione che qualcosa del testo faccia parte di uno dei film che avevo visto ai tempi. La storia però qui è molto più ampia, con tre narrazioni parallele a distanza di un secolo l'una dall'altra legate dalla figura di Zefram Cochrane, il primo uomo a viaggiare più veloce della luce... e naturalmente da Kirk e Picard. Io sono un trekkie di seconda scelta, ...more
Jan 05, 2013 Mark rated it it was amazing
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
Nov 14, 2009 Rebecca rated it liked it
Shelves: scifi, read2009
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
Oct 13, 2012 Robert rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Oct 04, 2009 Nicholas rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Richard Archambault
Jan 16, 2016 Richard Archambault rated it really liked it
My first Star Trek novel; it was lots of fun! Every chapter seemed to end on a cliff-hanger, though, which got a tiny bit tiring closer to the end, but which kept me reading (I finished it in less than 2 days!). Some of the story was drawn from an episode of TNG that I knew quite well, which made it easier to imagine. I need to watch TOS though; never seen more than a handful of episodes! I'm not sure if I'll ever read another Star Trek novelization, but I don't regret having read this one.
May 20, 2010 Kevin rated it really liked it
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
Jonathan S. Harbour
Dec 19, 2014 Jonathan S. Harbour rated it did not like it
Oh boy, where to begin... This was a ridiculous story, and I'm not even concerned with canon, just with the plot and characters and technology. Warp bombs? Zephram's Cochrane's "super impeller"? This is just so bad, how in the world did this book get published? After 80 pages, I began skipping ahead, and it just got worse and worse. Sure, I enjoyed the TOS episode about Cochrane and the Companion. It was a good episode. Did it need to be dredged up again? Canon being what Paramount does with its ...more
Michael Mangold
Sep 17, 2010 Michael Mangold rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Feb 20, 2015 Mike rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book was everything that Star Trek: Generations was not: complex, smart, exciting, and completely in keeping with both TOS and TNG. The story cleverly tied a number of episodes together, provided deep back story on a few, and enacted familiar characters authentically yet more richly than the series or films.
Oct 17, 2014 ABC rated it really liked it
While Federation started out slow, it quickly melded into a terrific story, with the three timelines mixing together perfectly. The action was great, and the black hole sequence was really awesome.
4.5 stars
Wayne Yeager
Apr 03, 2014 Wayne Yeager rated it it was amazing
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.
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