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Starfleet Year One (Star Trek)

3.58  ·  Rating Details  ·  158 Ratings  ·  12 Reviews
Tells the fan-requested story of the foundation of Starfleet! Earth Command defeated the Romulans with the help of other races across the galaxy, and the Neutral Zone was established. Out of that necessary and uneasy collaboration came the United Federation of Planets and its combined forces, Satrfleet. But the close quarters of a starship among so many races and personali ...more
Paperback, 287 pages
Published February 26th 2002 by Pocket Books (first published November 27th 2001)
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Alan Chen
Jun 24, 2015 Alan Chen rated it liked it
Shelves: fun
I'm not impressed. It was competent and interesting enough that I wanted to keep reading (which is why it gets 3 stars instead of 2), but it's not a strong work. The story follows the paths of 6 captains vying for control of the newest starship in Starfleet. The 6 are split in two factions (military and science), and each of the 6 have their own agendas, history and moments. Then there are the patrons behind the 6, and the people who the patrons coerce into their efforts. For example, the patron ...more
Darryl Brent
Jun 23, 2015 Darryl Brent rated it really liked it
This book explores the origins of Star Fleet through the engaging characters of the very first ship Captains.

Earth Command is just emerging from an extended war with the Romulans that has exacted a heavy price over the years. With peace in sight Earth proposes forming the Federation with the neighbouring planet systems. As part of this venture a shared space travel fleet is required to replace the former Earth Command. This will be the first time that aliens are incorporated in the Earth's flee
David King
"Starfleet Year One" by Michael Jan Friedman is the first book I have read that sits outside recognized canon. It really should be appreciated that this book was written prior to the launch of the Enterprise TV series and takes an alternative look at the formative years of the Federation. Therefore, I tried to read and review this book on its own merits rather than trying to compare it to continuity developments that occurred later.

The plot is focused around the formation of the United Federatio
Apr 02, 2014 Angela rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: star-trek
Set just after the Romulan war, this looks at the first 6 captains in Starfleet and how their actions will dictate what Starfleet will become. Written before Enterprise, it varies significantly with the tv show. The competition between the Captains is quite fun. It just feels like a series of short stories. A good read.
Christian Neihart
May 06, 2014 Christian Neihart rated it really liked it
The story is remarkably decent for a prequel and stands on its own for a Star Trek tie in. At times it can be campy but that's to be expected of Star Trek.
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Feb 29, 2016 Galion Public Library Teens rated it really liked it
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Review by R.H.: "I loved this book. It kept me reading. If you like sci fi, read this."
Jean-Pierre Vidrine
Feb 12, 2016 Jean-Pierre Vidrine rated it really liked it
The setup of the story was basically military minds vs. scientific minds. Being a long time Star Trek fan, I knew how that would play out. The fun was seeing how the story would get to that inevitable end. These first captains of Starfleet did make for an interesting cast, and I'd like to see some them in other stories.
Small contradictions with television continuity didn't bother me. Whether or not this origin story is superior to the canon one is something I can only shrug at. It was simply a
Jan 21, 2010 Travis rated it liked it
Shelves: star-trek
Light and fluffy, but a nice bit of space opera that tells the story of the first days of Star Fleet.
Not the deepest story, or the strongest characterization but has the feel of the original TV show and is more faithful to Trek history than 'Enterprise' was.
Some nice little tips of the hat to what's to come without being too heavy handed about it.

Nothing earth shaking here, just a decent Trek story. Hope they did more with this series.
Dec 09, 2014 Kiri rated it it was ok
This is ok but not very Starfleet / Star Trek. It also ignores several important factors. One of these is that ST:Enterprise (TV) had gone at warp 5 already, another is that the option to just attack instead of trying to be diplomatic was one of the prime reactions of several characters here. The author is versed in the genre so I really can't understand what happened with this plot / writing. 1.2 stars
Feb 17, 2010 Patty rated it really liked it
The best thing you can say about a book: I wish there was more! I enjoyed the rough feel of this pre-Federation period and the different personalities that were the initial Starfleet captains. A terrific historical perspective.
Oct 23, 2013 Carmen rated it liked it
Shelves: fiction
It was ok, though the writing kind of left to be desired. And how are 6 captains going to command one ship?
Aug 08, 2013 Joe added it
My favorite Michael story..Wish there were a Year Two..and three, all the way up to Seven.
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Michael Jan Friedman is an author of more than seventy books of fiction and nonfiction, half of which are in the Star Trek universe. Eleven of his titles have appeared on the New York Times Best Seller list. Friedman has also written for network and cable television and radio, and scripted nearly 200 comic books, including his original DC superhero series, the Darkstars.
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