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4.04  ·  Rating details ·  2,279 ratings  ·  154 reviews
At last! The long awaited novel featuring both famous crews of the Starship Enterprise in an epic adventure that spans time and space.

Captain Kirk and the crew of the U.S.S. Enterprise NCC-1701 are faced with their most challenging mission yet--rescuing renowned scientist Zefram Cochrane from captors who want to use his skills to conquer the galaxy.

Meanwhile, ninety-ni

Hardcover, 467 pages
Published November 1st 1994 (first published 1994)
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Dec 07, 2007 rated it really liked it
Kirk's crew and Picard's crew, in the same book!


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.

This novel was published, presenting an original story, was a marketing tool, as part of the big event of the meeting of both captains, Kirk and Picard, on the theatrical film Star Trek: Generations that it was premiered around that dat
Jun 14, 2009 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
May 30, 2016 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
Feb 24, 2009 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 08, 2015 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
Aug 25, 2015 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
Jan 04, 2010 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
Sep 16, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
this book should of been made into a film it is that good
Torstein Rødset
Aug 11, 2015 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 ;)

May 07, 2019 rated it really liked it
Quite a good, fast paced Star Trek story with a full complement of both the TOS and NG Enterprise crews! The story features Zefram Cochrane, the inventor of warp drive technology, providing some interesting background on his origins and the chaotic, war torn Earth of his time. Some intrigue and much ensuing action develops as a megalomaniac warlord pursues Cochrane in an effort to capture and coerce him into weaponizing his technology. If you've ever wondered what ultimately became of Cochrane, ...more
Mike Crate
Mar 19, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: scifi, star-trek
Federation is a pretty epic story covering the events on and around Earth prior to the third world war including the discovery of the warp drive through the Enterprise under Kirk era and onwards towards the D commanded by Picard. Zefram Cochrane is the key to everything, his story as he develops and then exploits the drive to help spread humanity to the stars is entwined with the political pressures of the day and the rising fascism under yet another guise led by Colonel Green and for this story ...more
I have been a fan of Star Trek since the mid-seventies when I was introduced to afternoon re-runs of the original series. As the decades have gone by I have remained a fan though the white hot enthusiasm that I had for the franchise back in middle school and high school (1981-1986) has cooled considerably. I never missed a movie and was a consistent viewer of the many television series, but I would only read the novels sporadically. Many of the novels were written by the same authors who churned ...more
Amber Colored Wolf
Aug 02, 2011 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
Jan 03, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: iownthis, scifi, star-trek
I have very low expectations for Star Trek fiction, I'll admit. But this book was fantastic. Casts from both the TOS and TNG eras 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 one's 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 ...more
Aug 21, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: star-trek, tng, e-books, tos
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
Mar 07, 2015 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,...I've started thi ...more
Michael Mangold
Jan 18, 2010 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
Chris Friend
Oct 20, 2007 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Trek & Sci-fi fans alike
My all-time favorite Trek book, hands-down. The only book I've wanted to re-read (that wasn't for teaching). Fantastic story that brings together all the science, all the characters, all the mystery, and all the fascination that makes Trek great. ...more
David Agranoff
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Fancy pants critics and literary types may not like Media Tie-in novels but I grew up reading them and enjoy many of them. There are various degrees of quality in any genre, but The tie-in genre is no different. There is nothing wrong with expanded universes and prose takes on beloved comic book, Movie, or TV characters. I love it when Award-winning genre authors like Brian Evenson does Aliens, o
Aug 14, 2019 rated it really liked it
This 1994 Star Trek offering is a strong entry into the series, with a story that spans TOS and TNG, and refers to events that take place in The Generations movie.

The story bounces between the two crews of the two Enterprises but is linked by an old episode of TOS which introduced the viewers to Zephram Cochrane and the Companion.

It starts with a break-in at Starfleet Memory Alpha where the sealed logs of Kirk’s old mission are compromised, and a figure from the days before World War 3 who becom
Brayden Raymond
Dec 23, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: star-trek
Having not been alive at the time of release I am slightly sad I was not apart of the hype surrounding this novel when it released but WOW does it ever do an amazing job at well EVERYTHING. This is easily the best Trek novel I have read, and while I have read relatively few Trek novels that is still saying something as the ones I have read, have all been exceptional in their own right. I was extremely impressed with this book and absorbed it in days, I simply could not put it down!
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William Lasley
Sep 24, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Hands down the best STAR TREK novel ever.
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Mikael Kuoppala
May 17, 2012 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
Aug 20, 2012 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 08, 2014 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
Jun 03, 2014 rated it did not like it
Shelves: sci-fi-shows, dnf
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
Nov 13, 2012 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
Daniel Willis
Jul 19, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Read this a long time ago and frankly had forgotten all about the Cochrane subplot. What made it so memorable to me was the two crews working together across time to escape the black hole. Especially how each could predict the actions of the others because of their mutual adherence to the Federation principles. Great sci-fi, and a unique way to have interactions without time travel and all the plot holes and paradoxes inherent with that. And, now reminded of the Cochrane subplot, I agree here it ...more
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