|A Choice of Futures|
Cover by Alan Dingman
|Series:||Star Trek: Enterprise|
|Miniseries:||Rise of the Federation, No. 1|
|Author(s):||Christopher L. Bennett|
|Published:||eBook and paperback - 25 June 2013|
|ISBN:||ISBN-10: 1476706751, ISBN-13: 9781476706757|
|Date:||September 2162 - May 2163|
- An original novel set in the universe of Star Trek: Enterprise!
- A 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.
Admiral Archer is contacted by the Tandarans, who blame the abduction of several of their children on Suliban refugees given safe haven by the Federation. On his flagship the USS Endeavour, now commanded by Captain T'Pol, Archer is able to expose the abductors as the Malurians, hoping to drive a rift between the Federation and Tandarans, and rescue the prisoners.
The mastermind is Archer's old enemy Garos, who begins working with the Orion group led by Navaar. The Orions are hoping to undermine the Federation and see an opportunity when the Mute aliens that Archer previously encountered begin stepping up their attacks on ships. They hope to use the situation to make the Federation more militaristic. Garos joins a conference set up to combat the threat and, despite opposition from Archer and T'Pol who favour a less aggressive move, a combined fleet of Federation and non-aligned worlds is despatched to confront the aliens and locate their homeworld. Phlox also finds evidence that transporter usage has left Archer and Reed with genetic damage and transporters are suspended for lifeforms except in emergencies.
Meanwhile, Reed is given command of the new USS Pioneer and invites Mayweather aboard as his first officer. A group of engineers led by Tobin Dax come aboard to supervise the integration of various Federation systems but accidentally create a micro-wormhole that traps the ship in a decaying orbit of a gas giant. The ship's science officer, Reynaldo Sangupta, eventually saves the day by communicating with cloud whales living in the atmosphere, who hold the ship aloft until it can be repaired. Reed invites Dax to be his chief engineer.
Garos stirs up hatred against the Mutes by framing them for the destruction of an Andorian-controlled Starfleet vessel. However, when some Mutes are captured, T'Pol and Sato realise that their means of communicating by infrared empathy means they can't recognize other lifeforms as sentient and have been treating them as wild animals to be analysed. Meanwhile, Archer reluctantly works with Tucker, despite no longer trusting Section 31, to expose Garos and the Orions' involvement.
T'Pol and Sato return the Mute prisoners to their fellows, with T'Pol having mind-melded with them to convince them of other lifeforms' sentience. After a long process of negotiation, they are able to convince the aliens, Vertians, to modify their behaviour towards other species and bring the conflict to a peaceful end.
However, while this has been going on Soval and the crew of the USS Essex have been negotiating with the Saurians, a race Starfleet accidentally revealed the existence of other worlds to, for their mineral rights. They find that most of the world has formed into a Global League but the hereditary ruler of the most mineral-rich region, Maltuvis, presents himself as independent. He attempts to get Captain Shumar to provide him with weapons to take over the world but is forced to accept a peaceful treatment. However, he then signs a treaty with Navaar and Garos to provide him with the weapons, with the Orions knowing the Federation will be blamed for his conquests.
- Jonathan Archer • Miguel Avila • Curry • Elizabeth Cutler • Tobin Dax • Devna • D'Nesh • Edzak • Mov chim Flar • Samuel Gardner • Dular Garos • Glith • Grev • Boda Jahlet • Garet Kadlin • Kemal • Takashi Kimura • Samuel Abraham Kirk • Althea Knowlton • Trenkanshent sh'Lavan • Therese Liao • Maltuvis • Maras • Travis Mayweather • Li Meilen • Nisverin th'Menchal • Monar • Sascha Money • Moxat • Steven Mullen • Navaar • Min glasch Noar • Pedro Ortega • Alexis Osman • Adeola Osunwoke • Caroline Paris • Orav Penap • Phlox • Henry Polanski • Porthos • Malcolm Reed • Veni ch'Refel • Aranthanien ch'Revash • Michel Romaine • Reynaldo Sangupta • Hoshi Sato • Selvok • Alan Sheehan • Thy'lek Shran • Bryce Shumar • Soval • Regina Tallarico • Alex Tatopolous • Teska • T'Pol • Charles Tucker III • T'Venri • T'Viri • Valk • Thomas Vanderbilt • zh'Vansh • Marcus Williams • Valeria Williams
- Referenced only
- Zefram Cochrane • Lela Dax • Emory Erickson • Maxwell Forrest • Benjamin Franklin • Sven "Buttercup" Hansen • Erika Hernandez • Jamran Harnoth • Hussein • W. M. Jefferies • Kunav • H. P. Lovecraft • Lecheb sh'Makesh • Edvard Munch • Parrec-Sut • Phinda • Nathan Samuels • William Shakespeare • Skon • Sloane • Eric Stillwell • Surak • T'Maran • T'Rama • Warren Woods
Starships and vehiclesEdit
- USS Endeavour (Columbia-class) • Enterprise (NX-class) • USS Essex (Daedalus-class) • Grentra • Metsanu • USS Pioneer (Intrepid-class) • Rivgor • Starfleet One • USS Thejal (Sevaijen-class) • USS Vinakthen (Kumari-class)
- Referenced only
- ECS Bjarni Herjolfsson • Bonaventure-class (schematic) • Columbia (NX-class) • Discovery (NX-class) • IGS Docana • ECS Horizon • Hrumog • ECS Ibn Battuta • Intrepid • IGS Kumari • Noyrit • ECS Silk Road • Vol'Rala • Wasp-class (schematic)
- Deneva, Kappa Fornacis system • Earth (Federation Executive Building, Paris • Starfleet Headquarters, San Francisco, California) • Gamma Vertis IV • Hansen's Planet • Psi Serpentis B, Psi Serpentis • Qhembembem Outpost • Rigel V Orbital Spacedock, Rigel V • San Francisco Fleet Yards • Sauria/Lyaksti'kton/N'Ragolar (M'Tezir • M'Tezir One • Tai'sheku) • Vega Museum of Antiquities, Vega colony, Vega IX • Wolf 46-III
- Referenced only
- Alpha Centauri • Alpha Centauri III • Alrond • Asia • Delphic Expanse • Deneb V, Deneb Kaitos system • Europe • Great Britain • India • Kemsar Colony, 10 Tauri IV • Maluria • Mars • Middle East • Orion (Pi-3 Orionis III) • P'Jem • Raij'hl • Rigel • Rigel X • Sanibel Island, Florida • Tellar • Terra Nova • Trill • Vulcan • Zeta Fornacis
Races and culturesEdit
- Alpha Centauran • Andorian • Axanarri • cloud whales • Denobulan • Human • Ithenite • Malurian • Orion • Rigelian • Saurian • Suliban • Tandaran • Tellarite • Trill • Trill symbiont • Vertian/"Mute" • Vulcan • Xarantine
- Referenced only
- Aenar • Akaali • Arkenite • Arkonian • Boslic • Denebian • Hur'q • Kantare • Klimasz • Klingon • Lorillian • Mazarite • Nalori • Nausicaan • Nuvian • Osaarian • Risian • Romulan • Tesnian • Valakian • Xindi • Xyrillian
States and organizationsEdit
- Alpha Centauri Space Research Council • Andorian Imperial Guard • Coalition of Planets • Cochrane Institute of Alpha Centauri • Earth Cargo Service • European Alliance • Federation Council • Federation Starfleet • Global League • Guard Academy • Interspecies Medical Exchange • Klingon Empire • Klingon High Council • Lyaksti Empire • Orion Syndicate • Raldul • Section 31 • Smithsonian Orbital Annex • Starfleet Command • Starfleet Medical • Starfleet Intelligence • Suliban Cabal • Tellar Space Administration • Terra Prime • United Earth • UESPA • United Federation of Planets • Vulcan Space Council
- Referenced only
- United Earth Starfleet
Science and technologyEdit
- Bussard collector • decontamination chamber • grappler • photonic torpedo • tractor beam • transporter • warp bubble • warp field • warp nacelle
Ranks and titlesEdit
- admiral • ambassador • Archaeology and anthropology officer • Basileus • captain • commander • commissioner • commodore • councillor • doctor • Earth defense secretary • ensign • Federation Commissioner of Defense • Federation Commissioner of Foreign Affairs • historian • lieutenant • lieutenant commander • minister • Presider • President of the United Federation of Planets • Prime Minister of United Earth
- Battle of Cheron • chirini • Declaration of Independence • Denebian fever • dilithium • drydock • Earth-Romulan War • Einstein-Rosen bridge • f'sherr-beetle • K class star • Kir'Shara • landing party • Saurian brandy • service patch • The Scream • Tellarite Civil Conversation • Temporal Cold War • trellium-D • tritanium • Vertian crisis • wormhole • zhihal
To Brave the Storm
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Tower of Babel
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|Star Trek: Enterprise prose publications|
|Novelizations||Broken Bow • Shockwave • The Expanse|
|Original novels||set during the series||By the Book • What Price Honor? • Surak's Soul • Daedalus • Daedalus's Children • Rosetta|
|set after the series|| Last Full Measure|
The Good That Men Do • Kobayashi Maru • The Romulan War (Beneath the Raptor's Wing • To Brave the Storm) • Rise of the Federation (A Choice of Futures • Tower of Babel • Uncertain Logic)