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Old January 19 2014, 03:09 AM   #1
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Star Trek Enterprise: Rise of the Federation - Tower of Babel

This just in...

http://www.startrek.com/article/firs...tower-of-babel

Nice cover

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Old January 19 2014, 03:30 AM   #2
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That is a really beautiful cover. I'm guessing the Endeavour and the Pioneer?

Now, a "young officer with a vital destiny"... could that maybe be
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Old January 19 2014, 03:49 AM   #3
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^^That's my thought too. And yeah, that is one nice cover.
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Old January 19 2014, 03:53 AM   #4
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That is a beautiful cover. What a huge improvement over the last one. The story synopsis sounds promising, too. Can't wait!
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Old January 19 2014, 03:59 AM   #5
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Re: Star Trek Enterprise: Rise of the Federation - Tower of Babel

Love that cover too!

But....nation? Why does the blurb keep referring to the Federation as a nation?
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Old January 19 2014, 04:02 AM   #6
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Re: Star Trek Enterprise: Rise of the Federation - Tower of Babel

^ Because it is one.
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Old January 19 2014, 04:17 AM   #7
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DaveR wrote: View Post
But....nation? Why does the blurb keep referring to the Federation as a nation?
Isn't it?

http://dictionary.reference.com/brow...ion?s=t&path=/
1. a large body of people, associated with a particular territory, that is sufficiently conscious of its unity to seek or to possess a government peculiarly its own

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1. an aggregation of people or peoples of one or more cultures, races, etc, organized into a single state

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Political sense has gradually taken over from racial meaning "large group of people with common ancestry."
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Old January 19 2014, 04:46 AM   #8
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That is a beautiful cover, and it sounds like it'll have a great story to go with it.
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Old January 19 2014, 07:15 AM   #9
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The cover looks gorgeous, and I am so pumped for this one. Exploring the Rigel system? YES!

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But....nation? Why does the blurb keep referring to the Federation as a nation?
Isn't it?

http://dictionary.reference.com/brow...ion?s=t&path=/
1. a large body of people, associated with a particular territory, that is sufficiently conscious of its unity to seek or to possess a government peculiarly its own

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1. an aggregation of people or peoples of one or more cultures, races, etc, organized into a single state

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Political sense has gradually taken over from racial meaning "large group of people with common ancestry."
I'm with you, Christopher. That said, I was recently struck by a real-world conversation I had with a fellow Trekkie, who balked at the notion of calling the Federation a "nation." After thinking about it a bit more, I can see how one could interpret canon to depict the Federation as an international entity, much like a much stronger United Nations.

But still. The novelverse has clearly established the Federation as a nation (perhaps as a "nation of nations," but still), and that's the interpretation I tend towards as well.
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Old January 19 2014, 08:37 AM   #10
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Re: Star Trek Enterprise: Rise of the Federation - Tower of Babel

The definitive novel 'verse guide to Rigel!

I have a friend on a Mass Effect role playing site who has an unusual fondness for Rigelians and a real appreciation for Enterprise. He's thinking about trying some Trek lit, and this would be perfect for him.

Also, I agree that the cover is gorgeous.
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Old January 19 2014, 09:40 AM   #11
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Fantastic cover, a blurb that cought my interest.... I'm game!
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Old January 19 2014, 03:35 PM   #12
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The novelverse has clearly established the Federation as a nation (perhaps as a "nation of nations," but still), and that's the interpretation I tend towards as well.
I like the idea of thinking of the Federation as a "nation of nations", not unlike how the UK has been described on occasion. The UK's components: England, Wales/Cymru, Scotland, and Northern Ireland/Ulster...with the possible exception of the last two (which we can debate elsewhere on TrekBBS) have long held to still consider themselves nations in their own right despite their participation in the UK as we know it today.
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Old January 19 2014, 04:32 PM   #13
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Re: Star Trek Enterprise: Rise of the Federation - Tower of Babel

Love the cover. Love that Drexler's (?) refit for the columbia class is on a cover. The blurb sounds great too! World building and diplomacy...sounds like a perfect CLB book. Pre-ordered already
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Old January 19 2014, 04:41 PM   #14
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^It is Doug's refit, and it's his artwork on the cover.
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Old January 19 2014, 05:02 PM   #15
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cannot wait to read this, the cover is awesome
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