|Tower of Babel|
|Series:||Star Trek: Enterprise|
|Miniseries:||Rise of the Federation, No. 2|
|Author(s):||Christopher L. Bennett|
|Published:||eBook and paperback - 25 March 2014|
|ISBN:||ISBN 10: 1476749647, ISBN 13: 978-1476749648|
|Date:||October 2163 - November 2164|
- The United Federation of Planets has weathered its first major crisis, but its growing pains are just beginning. Admiral Jonathan Archer hopes to bring the diverse inhabitants of the powerful and prosperous Rigel system into the Federation, jump-starting the young nation's growth and stabilizing a key sector of space. Archer and the Federation's top diplomats journey to the planetoid Babel to debate Rigel's admission…but a looming presidential race heats up the idealogical divide within the young nation, jeopardizing the talks and threatening to undo the fragile unity Archer has worked so hard to preserve.
- Meanwhile, the sinister Orion Syndicate recruits new allies of its own, seeking to beat the Federation at its own game. Determined to keep Rigel out of the union, they help a hostile Rigelian faction capture sensitive state secrets along with Starfleet hostages, including a young officer with a vital destiny. Captain Malcolm Reed, Captain T'Pol, and their courageous crews must now brave the wonders and dangers of Rigel's many worlds to track down the captives before the system is plunged into all-out war.
The Rigelians are being considered for Federation membership, even though there is still dispute among Federation members over the validity of the organisation. Archer and the Endeavour accompany a delegation from both powers to Babel, where the Federation will debate whether or not to accept Rigel as a member. Meanwhile, the Pioneer is sent to the Rigel system to learn more about their culture.
However, the move is opposed by Garos and the Orions, especially since Rigel joining the Federation will affect the Orions' trade routes. To this end, they invite the First Families, a set of criminal organisations operating throughout the Rigel system, to join them and their allies. While Sam Kirk and Grev are examining the Rigelian archives, they are abducted by Garos' assistant Toric, who had murdered and assumed the identity of Rigelian director Rehlen Vons, and the First Families, who also steal records kept by the Rigelian Trade Commission, which will allow them to blackmail the Rigelian authorities.
Archer spends the night with Rigelian delegate Sedra Hemnask but at the same time an assassin fires on Federation presidential candidate Anlenthoris ch'Vhendreni and Archer is framed. It is eventually revealed that Hemnask has blood ties to the First Families and was coerced into assisting them by threats to her father and half-siblings. However, she had no involvement in the assassination: Her assignment was simply to embarrass Archer by claiming he had seduced her to gain her support while convincing the delegation that Federation membership would provoke war in the Rigelian system. The assassination attempt was arranged by the Mazarites without their allies' permission and, furious that Garos' plan was ruined, the Orions have the Mazarites punished.
The Endeavour and Pioneer crews begin a systematic search for Kirk and Grev. At one possible information site, Mayweather and Sangupta manage to convince an isolated group of Rigelians that the Malurians will betray them and enlist their help. Williams infiltrates a First Families stronghold but is captured after saving a servant girl from being raped. She is taken to Garos where she helps him realise the First Families intend to betray the Malurians and extend their influence. Toric is killed by his supposed allies but Garos escapes and not only gives Williams the necessary information to rescue Kirk and Grev but provides the Trade Commission with information that incites rebellions against the First Families and allows their members to be arrested and prosecuted. The Rigelians are accepted into the Federation.
However, on Sauria things are proceeding less well. Outbreaks of plague in regions with alien miners allow Maltuvis to annex the areas without resistance in exchange for medical help: In reality, the Orions have provided him with both the plague and the cure. Tucker and Federation miner Toni Ruiz manage to steal the cure for the Global League, halting the plague and Maltuvis' expansion, but Maltuvis remains in control of most of the planet's mineral wealth. Tucker is discomforted when Section 31 are not only willing to leave Maltuvis in power so long as he continues to trade with the Federation but threaten Tucker with repercussions if he tries to bring Maltuvis down himself.
- Abnett • Yasmin Achrati • Haroun al-Rashid • Laila Alindogan • Jonathan Archer • Tamara Ann Arouet • Rogra jav Baur • Bavot • Bievel • Brantik • Gannet Brooks • Marie Chiang • Fetrin Corthoc • Vemrin Corthoc • Elizabeth Cutler • D'Nesh • Damreg • Dashec • Tobin Dax • Dectof • Densri • Denuri • Honar-Des • Detzel • Devna • Danica Erickson • Ysanne Fell • Ganaiar • Dular Garos • Bodor chim Grev • Harris • Sedra Hemnask • Charlemagne Hua • Boda Jahlet • Jofirek • K'shinari • Kalun • Mikhail Kamenev • Percival Kimbridge • Takashi Kimura • Samuel Abraham Kirk • Konicek • Adren Kospar • Kuldip • Kurvanis • Ian Legatt • Therese Liao • Lokog • Jeremy Lucas • Maltuvis • Maras • Travis Mayweather • Mindlen • Kenji Mishima • Sascha Money • Moxat • Naralo • Navaar • Pedro Ortega • Zhi Nu Palmer • Phlox • Qaletaqu • Malcolm Reed • Aranthanien ch'Revash • Rinor • Avaranthi sh'Rothress • Rolanis • Michel Romaine • Selina Rosen • Antonio Ruiz • Kishkik Sajithen • Reynaldo Sangupta • Harrad-Sar • Hoshi Sato • Nasrin Sloane • Sobon • Solkar • Soval • Freya Stark • Parrec-Sut • T'Nol • T'Pol • T'Rama • Regina Tallarico • Ibed Tarzah • Tastra • Nop Tenott • Astellet ch'Terren • Retifel Themnos • Toric • Charles Tucker III • Thomas Vanderbilt • Teixh Veurk • Vhelis • Anlenthoris ch'Vhendreni • Marcus Williams • Valeria Williams • Eldi Zankor • Jemer Zehron • Zircher
- Referenced only
- Chen • Lovar Dleba • Emory Erickson • Quinn Erickson • Galileo Galilei • Gora bim Gral • Erika Hernandez • Iyer • Kanyors • Karep • Keyla • Percival Lowell • Lecheb sh'Makesh • Margaret Mullin • Francisco de Orellana • Porthos • Riann • Ruby • Sarin • Skon • Surak • T'Maran • T'Pau • Voctel Thamnos • Rehlen Vons
Starships and vehiclesEdit
- USS Endeavour (Columbia-class) • Grennex G-7 • Grennex RK6 • ECS Harryhausen • Namkun • Niyilar 17 • USS Pioneer (Intrepid-class) • shuttlepod • Sud Qav
- Referenced only
- Atlantis (NX-class) • Columbia (NX-class) • Discovery (NX-class) • Enterprise (NX-class) • ECS Horizon • Rivgor • ECS Voortrekker
- Babel • Earth (Starfleet Headquarters, San Francisco, California) • Iota Pegasi • Kaferia • Kandari sector • Orion • Psi Serpentis B, Psi Serpentis • Qhembembem Outpost • Rigel • Rigel I (Trojan asteroid field) • Rigel II (Trykar Palace Hotel, Kefvenek) • Rigel III (Hainali Basin • Janxor) • Rigel IV (Poustof Hills) • Rigel V (Mount Dleba Observatory • Mount Halanar • Tregon) • Rigel VI (Ryneh Shipyard) • Rigel VII (Vinaula Mountains) • Rigel VIII • Rigel Colony One • Sauria (Lyaksti • Basilic Palace, M'Tezir • Patorco Harbor, Narpra • Veranith) • Verex III • Voortrekker colony
- Referenced only
- Agaron • Ajilon Prime • Akaali Homeworld • Alpha Centauri • Alrond • Amazon Basin • Andor • Cold Station 12 • Colombia • Cuba (Havana • Santa Clara) • Deneb • Eurasia • Fisherman's Wharf • Florida • Greenland • Jamaica • Malur, Maluria • Mars • Menthar • Neutral Zone • North America • Orelious IX • Promellia • Qe'tran colony • Ramatis • Rigel IX • Rigel X • Rigel Colony Two • Ross 271 • Sanctuary District • South America • Surak • Tau Ceti IV • Vega IX • Venezuela • Zavijava V • Zeta Fornacis VI
Races and culturesEdit
- Agaron • Boslic • Coridanite • Human • Klingon • Lorillian • Malurian • Mazarite • Orion • Rigelian (Chelon • Jelna • Kaylar • Zami) • Saurian • Suliban • Tellarite • Trill • Vulcan • Xarantine
- Referenced only
- Akaali • Arkonian • Augment • Axanari • Kaferian • Nausicaan • Promellian • Romulan • Tandaran • Valakian • Xindi
States and organizationsEdit
- Alpha Centauri merchant marine • Andorian Empire • Andorian Imperial Guard • Anti-revisionist • Centauri First • Coalition of Planets • Colonial Port Authority • Executive Council of the Saurian Global League • Federalists • Federation Council • First Families of Rigel • Global League • Hainalian • Interspecies Medical Exchange • Klingon Defense Force • Klingon High Council • Lechebist • Lyaksti Empire • M'Tezir Empire • M'Tezir Expeditionary Medical Corps • M'Tezir Royal Command • Narpran • Orion Syndicate • Planetarist • Raldul • Rigelian Defense Force • Rigelian Trade Commission • Section 31 • Suliban Cabal • Starfleet • Tellar Space Administration • Terra Prime • UESPA • United Earth • United Federation of Planets • United Planets of Tellar • United Rigel Worlds and Colonies • Veranith Defense Force • Zankor Syndicate
- Referenced only
- British East India Company • British Empire • Vulcan Science Academy
Science and technologyEdit
- ablative ceramic hull • carbon composite hull • carbon-fiber composite hull • carbon-reinforced thermopolymer hull • communicator • deflector • force field • impulse • impulse manifold • phase cannon • phase pistol • sensor • shield generator • subspace phase discrimination filter • subspace phase transition • thruster • tractor beam • transporter
Ranks and titlesEdit
- admiral • ambassador • assistant director • Basileus • captain • colonel • commander • Councillor • Director • ensign • Federation Commissioner of Foreign Affairs • first officer • Governor • Historian • lieutenant • lieutenant commander • President of the United Federation of Planets • Presider • Professor • science officer • serf • tactical officer • Velom
- 1960s • 602 Club • Articles of Federation • Babel Conferences • Battle of Tau Ceti IV • Calrissian chameleon • casino • cot • cantina • coffee • dilithium • duranium • Earth-Romulan War • endosexes • exosexes • gisjacheh • glenget • hypnoid • Kir'Shara • Kolinahr • kreeyitch • Menthar-Promellian War • Narpran rum • pevrig • Ramatis Choral Debates • Redik's • Rigelian Fever • ryetalyn • sauna • Saurian brandy • sechjuk • Surak's Analects • Tower of Babel • tukhanthik • Venus drug • Vertian crisis • vyun-pa-shan • xiangqi • Xindi incident
This novel covers the period from 19 October 2163 to 18 November 2164.
A Choice of Futures
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A Choice of Futures
Christopher L. Bennett
|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)