ENT: A Choice of Futures by C. L. Bennett Review Thread (Spoilers!)

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  1. Christopher

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    Re: ENT: A Choice of Futures by C. L. Bennett Review Thread (Spoilers!

    Thank you!
     
  2. DarKush

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    I finished this one the other day. I thought it was a well-written story and I liked where Christopher took the Enterprise characters. I thought there were too many story lines at first, however it came together by the end.

    I enjoyed the return of the "Mutes". "Silent Enemy" was one of favorite ENT episodes and while I didn't care for "Bound" I didn't mind the use of the three Orion sisters and even throwing in the Orion from TAS. I did like Garos and hopefully he'll return in future books.
     
  3. DigificWriter

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    Re: ENT: A Choice of Futures by C. L. Bennett Review Thread (Spoilers!

    I'm also late to this party - and have barely started the book - but have to say, Christopher, that you've once again taken a swing for the fences with a Trek property you've never written for previously and, so far at least, have hit a home run, so kudos to you for that.
     
  4. Enterprise1701

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    I think Rise of the Federation: A Choice of Futures is an excellent novel. With regard to the feeling that it has too many storylines, is it too much to hope that the novel could be somehow expanded like David Mack's The Sorrows of Empire was?
     
  5. Christopher

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    ^The Sorrows of Empire was a special case. There was a need to fill the schedule with a novel-length project and not a lot of time to do it in, so expanding a novel that was half-written already was a handy way to meet the goal.

    Besides, I'm too busy moving the RotF narrative forward to go back and add more to books I've already written.
     
  6. Ronald Held

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    I just got my copy today. I expect to start it this weekend(and maybe finish it then).
    Christopher do you have a successor to this novel in the works?
     
  7. DarkHorizon

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    It came out two days ago.
     
  8. drc

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    Just started the second book, which reminded me of a question about this book.

    Chapters 12 and 13 take place on the centennial of first contact day and none of the characters acknowledge the anniversary at all. I expected at least an internal monologue recognizing the date, if not a huge party. :cool:

    At first I thought it was a missed opportunity, but it seems likely that the aftermath of World War III and issues with the Vulcans means 22nd century humans are somewhat more jaded about that date than the crew of the Enterprise-E.
     
  9. Christopher

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    I didn't realize the significance of the date. Anyway, the characters featured in those chapters had more important things to deal with at the time.

    And the crew that we saw commemorating "First Contact Day" was the crew of Voyager, mainly through Neelix's initiative, which was the sort of thing you'd expect of a morale officer. It doesn't really reveal much about the scope of First Contact Day celebrations overall.
     
  10. Sci

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    In fact, given as how Earth has, as of April 2163, only recently emerged from being a Vulcan vassal state, it makes a certain amount of sense to speculate that maybe First Contact isn't quite as revered a historical event for Humans of the 22nd Century as it is by the 23rd or 24th.
     
  11. drc

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    That was more or less my eventual conclusion. Picard and co. acted like I'd imagine a 21st century American would if he went back in time to July 3, 1776. But someone living closer to that time might recognize the end of the Revolutionary War as more important than the signing of the Declaration of Independence.

    22nd century people may have more reverence for whatever event helped end the post-atomic horror.
     
  12. Enterprise1701

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    Or maybe the signing of the Traite d'Unification.
     
  13. Skywalker

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    I don't know about that. First Contact meant more to humanity than simply opening the stars to them; it meant an end to war, disease and famine on Earth, and brought humanity closer together than anything ever had before. If anything that event should be more significant to the humans of 2163 than those who came later; there still would have been people alive then who actually witnessed Earth in its post-World War III state and experienced firsthand the changes first contact with the Vulcans brought.

    I imagine the anniversary of the founding of the Federation holds more weight with humans of the 23rd or 24th centuries than the anniversary of first contact.