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RISE OF THE FEDERATION Book 1 cover and blurb now out

Simon & Schuster has now posted the cover image and blurb for Star Trek: Enterprise — Rise of the Federation: A Choice of Futures.

Choice of Futures coverA new nation has arisen from the ashes of the Romulan War: the United Federation of Planets, an unprecedented union of diverse species cooperating for the good of all. Admiral Jonathan Archer—the former captain of the Earth starship Enterprise, whose efforts made this union possible—envisions a vibrant Federation promoting galactic peace and a multispecies Starfleet dedicated to exploring strange new worlds. Archer’s former crewmates, including Captain T’Pol of the U.S.S. Endeavour and Captain Malcolm Reed of the U.S.S. Pioneer, work with him to secure that bright future. Yet others within the Federation see its purpose as chiefly military, a united defense against a dangerous galaxy, while some of its neighbors view that military might with suspicion and fear. And getting the member nations, their space fleets, and even their technologies to work together as a unified whole is an ongoing challenge.

When a new threat emerges from a force so alien and hostile that negotiation seems impossible, a group of unaligned worlds asks Starfleet to come to its defense, and the Federation’s leaders seize the opportunity to build their reputation as an interstellar power. But Archer fears the conflict is building toward an unnecessary war, potentially taking the young nation down a path it was never meant to follow. Archer and his allies strive to find a better solution…but old foes are working secretly to sabotage their efforts and ensure that the great experiment called the Federation comes to a quick and bloody end.

Admittedly, the cover image is a little inaccurate. Archer’s in the Earth Starfleet dress uniform he wore as a captain in the series finale “These Are the Voyages,” rather than the Federation Starfleet admiral’s uniform he wears in the novel. But this is as close as Pocket’s art department could come with the available and approved photo references, apparently.

Anyway, I returned the final galley corrections to my editor yesterday morning, so the text of the novel is now pretty much locked, and it’s scheduled to go out to the printers on Tuesday. Hopefully we caught all the mistakes. The book will go on sale in about two months now. In the meantime, I’ll be getting back to work on Book 2.

  1. April 20, 2013 at 11:19 am

    Very much looking forward to this one, sir.

  2. Byron Bailey
    April 20, 2013 at 11:39 am


    Your story sounds both exciting and intriguing. I look forward to reading this book and hope that it and book 2 leads to a book 3, book 4, and so on. I am sure there are a multitude of stories of those ‘early years’ that are itching to come out. I am, however, not particularly fond of the cover. I think having a simple Archer shot is lazy and misses out on the excitement of the ‘blurb’. Ah, well…


  3. Declan James Grace
    April 20, 2013 at 12:14 pm

    Cannot wait. You’ve written some of the most brilliantly unique stories for every era of trek and I couldn’t be happier that you were picked to fill in this important missing piece. Keep up the great work Chris!

  4. John
    April 21, 2013 at 3:36 pm

    Dear Mr. Bennett,

    Thanks for the update. I am glad to hear that you have a few books to flush out early Star Trek stuff. For me, your writing is great, exciting and stays ‘ more or less’ in the lines that have been established. Your recent DTI stuff has been a lot of fun to read, so hopefully you will do a few more. I love the folks that love what they are doing, respect the Story (star trek) and have the ability to fill in the gabs being faithful to all.

    So, tell us, do you feel a little scared when you have to fill in the gabs on scared ground? Well do not worry, you have established yourself as a very good, if not great Star Trek writer and we are on the edge of our sets waiting for the next books.

    No pressure

    John E

  5. The Middleman
    April 22, 2013 at 9:57 am

    I can’t wait to see what you have done with my favorite Star Trek Series. I’m so looking forward to this read because this series was canceled so prematurely, we never got to see these story lines that are so important in Star Trek’s history. I do hope that you have done justice to these wonderful characters, including Trip and T’Pol and their relationship.

  6. April 23, 2013 at 3:14 pm

    Sounds awesome! Do you have any drawings or images of the correct uniform? I’d love to see what you have in mind!

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