Deranged Nasat wrote:
He's specifically wondered "why wasn't Rigel among the UFP founders when it was represented at the Coalition conference?", so if this novel is exploring the early UFP-Rigel relationship I can't think of a better entry point to Trek lit.
IIRC, the early 1980s publication, "Star Trek Maps" (with "Introduction to Navigation"), indicated that the "Rigel Colonies" were a very busy place, but the presence of the antagonistic Orions and Kalar probably meant that the Colonies weren't ready to be part of the new UFP taking shape. From memory, "the Goldsteins' "Spaceflight Chronology" gelled with this, probably by fluke.
"Star Trek Star Charts" moved both the Orions and Kalar out of the Rigel system featured in "Enterprise" but, again, each time someone visits Rigel, the multi-race nature of its populations, and importance of the region for trade, seem to be features.