Friday, November 2, 2012

New Early Federation Novel due July 2013

Trek author Christopher L. Bennett announced on his blog today that he has been working on a new project for the past few months, focusing on the early days of the Federation. The new novel, "Star Trek: Enterprise - Rise of the Federation: A Choice of Futures" picks up about a year after the conclusion of the Romulan War and the foundation of the Federation. Highlights of his announcement follow the cut.

In his post, Bennett describes the story as both picking up from the Romulan War dulogy and "a fresh beginning". His description includes some tantalizing details about the ground to be covered in the story, and expresses a hope that this will be the first of a series.

Christopher L. Bennett
Concerning the story carrying the Enterprise moniker, however, Bennett says, "It's called Enterprise for branding/marketing reasons, but I see it more as a sequel to Enterprise - and a prequel to the original series." Bennett also promises that the novel "will feature many familiar characters from the era, a few new crewmates for the familiar cast, and some unexpected names as well."

Bennett's detailed announcement includes some reflection on his past writing for the franchise, as well as his feelings about Enterprise in general. The book is scheduled for release in July 2013. The entire post is available at this link


Christopher L. Bennett has a long history of skilled world building in Star Trek literature, and it is precisely this skill that makes Bennett a logical choice to pen this book. In particular, his grasp of Trek's internal continuity (or lack thereof, at times!) and the ability to manufacture whole cloth out of patchwork - exemplified in his Department of Temporal Investigations series - will serve this kind of project well. While several books on the 2013 schedule interest me, this one just shot to the top of my list!

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