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Old July 26 2014, 10:42 AM   #1
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ENT: Daedalus by Dave Stern Review Thread (Spoilers)

Enterprise: Daedalus by Dave Stern



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October 5, 2140. After a half-dozen years of research and testing, Starfleet prepares to launch its first warp 5 vessel -- Daedalus. Propelled by a radical new engine designed by Earth's most brilliant warp field theorist, Victor Brodesser, the new ship will at last put the stars within mankind's reach.
But on the eve of her maiden voyage, a maintenance engineer, Ensign Charles Tucker III -- "Trip" to his friends -- discovers a flaw in Daedalus's design. When he confronts Brodesser, the scientist -- as charismatic as he is brilliant -- eases Trip's concerns. The ship launches on schedule, and as Trip watches in horror, it explodes in a catastrophic ion cascade reaction, killing all aboard.
Thirteen years pass. Still haunted by memories of that disaster, Trip now serves as chief engineer aboard Enterprise. When a freak explosion cripples his vessel, leaving her helpless before a surprise attack, Trip is forced to abandon his ship -- and his shipmates. As he is on the verge of mounting a desperate rescue attempt, however, a shocking turn of events forces him to confront the ghosts of Daedalus one final time.

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My review from 2003:

A good novel.

Parts of the story aren't really new, i.E. it partly reminded me of Voyager: Fire Ship, and similar to Stern's previous Enterprise novel What Price Honor we again experience the novel from one crew members perspective, this time Trip. That way we only know what he knows/experiences. Like in What Price Honor I actually see the merit in this way of storytelling, as you get a closer connection to the main protagonist.

The novel is written very well and varied. Trip's big discovery at the end doesn't come too surprisingly for the attentive reader, but is a nice hook for the second book Daedalus' Children.

You can't say much about the characterizations of the ENterprise crew, since besides Trip and on a much smaller scale Hoshi they barely register in this novel. Trip's characterization is fitting in my opinion and the original charcters are well fleshed out.

Overall a very readable novel, creating interest in the continuation.
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Old July 26 2014, 11:04 AM   #2
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Re: ENT: Daedalus by Dave Stern Review Thread (Spoilers)

I can't separate this from Daedalus' Children, but I enjoyed them both a great deal.
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Old July 26 2014, 02:33 PM   #3
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I've read the book last month and haven't delved into it's sequel yet. The original characters and enviroment were indeed well done. Trip sounded right to me as well.

I had been hoping that the design was the prototype of the Daedalus-class but it's a completely different ship.
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Old July 26 2014, 04:26 PM   #4
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I've wondered for a long time: does the Enterprise travel into a parallel quantum reality or into some kind of pocket dimension?
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Old July 26 2014, 06:26 PM   #5
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I've wondered for a long time: does the Enterprise travel into a parallel quantum reality or into some kind of pocket dimension?
We'll get the answer in book two, I guess. From part one, it sounds like another parallel reality.
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Old July 26 2014, 06:52 PM   #6
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I liked this book and thought the characters were well written in this book and Book 2 is good.
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Old July 27 2014, 02:39 AM   #7
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This book was definitely a lot better than the episode "Daedalus", and a much more cohesive work than Stern's previous Enterprise book "What Price Honor?" This time I was able to make out just what was going on.
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Old July 27 2014, 10:09 AM   #8
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I've read the book last month and haven't delved into it's sequel yet. The original characters and enviroment were indeed well done. Trip sounded right to me as well.

I had been hoping that the design was the prototype of the Daedalus-class but it's a completely different ship.
Are we 100% certain it isn't? I don't recall the Daedalus being described at any point. I quite like the idea that the Daedalus-class was a failed CID drive experiment later outfitted with standard nacelles, much like the Excelsior of a century later.
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Old July 27 2014, 12:59 PM   #9
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This book was definitely a lot better than the episode "Daedalus"
The only dud of season four (assuming you're one of those who tolerate the finale ).

I never really understood the reasoning behind the episode. Surely there should be no such thing as the Human inventor of the transporter? Surely Humans acquired that technology from the Vulcans or another race, or at least were fed the basic theories by Vulcan advisors?
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Old July 27 2014, 01:11 PM   #10
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^In A Choice of Futures, I suggested that the Vulcans weren't generally in enough of a hurry to feel the need for personnel transporters. It's a crazy enough way of getting around that it seems like the sort of thing a more illogical race would invent.
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Old July 27 2014, 01:34 PM   #11
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^In A Choice of Futures, I suggested that the Vulcans weren't generally in enough of a hurry to feel the need for personnel transporters.
Oh, yes, I'd forgotten that. I guess having a lifespan twice the length of a Human's changes your perspective a bit.

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It's a crazy enough way of getting around that it seems like the sort of thing a more illogical race would invent.
I like that. It's always good to acknowledge that the universe you're playing in is a bit silly sometimes.
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Old July 27 2014, 07:16 PM   #12
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This book was definitely a lot better than the episode "Daedalus"
The only dud of season four (assuming you're one of those who tolerate the finale ).

I never really understood the reasoning behind the episode. Surely there should be no such thing as the Human inventor of the transporter? Surely Humans acquired that technology from the Vulcans or another race, or at least were fed the basic theories by Vulcan advisors?
The Vulcans didn't even share shield technology with Humans, so I'm not surprised that they didn't teach them how to build a transporter either.
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Old July 27 2014, 07:30 PM   #13
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The ship launches on schedule, and as Trip watches in horror, it explodes in a catastrophic ion cascade reaction, killing all aboard.


And here Starfleet had thought they'd dodged a bullet by not naming it Icarus.
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^In A Choice of Futures, I suggested that the Vulcans weren't generally in enough of a hurry to feel the need for personnel transporters. It's a crazy enough way of getting around that it seems like the sort of thing a more illogical race would invent.
It's illogical to have another system in place to get on/off the ship in case the shuttles aren't available?
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Old July 28 2014, 03:54 AM   #15
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But didn't the Vulcans share some technological advances to fix Earth's environmental damage?
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