Re: ENT: A Choice of Futures by C. L. Bennett Review Thread (Spoilers! Some more thoughts. Spoiler: Section 31 in the 22nd century I admit, part of what I enjoyed about this book is how Trip is acclimating to S31. While S31 is "evilllll" *Mister Burns fingers* in a lot of books, it's obvious Trip thinks they do more good than evil and that their criminal lack of oversight is a necessary part of their job. Which, IMHO, is bupkiss but I've seen stated with far too frequency in many works of spy fiction. Amusingly, it's also the premise of "The Campus" which is Tom Clancy's group of anti-terrorist assassins that answer to the previous President, Jack Ryan, and not the present one. They consider themselves legal even if they're manifestly not. If there were more Trips in S31, I think you could probably do a decent spy fiction series about them. It also explains how the organization was able to maintain itself for long. I'm a mind that if the group was mindlessly malevolent, it would have collapsed under its own weight long ago. Here, you could imagine the group drifting away as time passes. In a way, I think that Archer's (sort of) ties with the group also explains the relationship between Starfleet and Section 31. I'm imagining people like Archer know and pass it along to people they know who create a culture of normality around the use of a black ops quasi-terrorist organization. Which allows the group to continue to exist under people like Admiral Ross with tatcit Starfleet approval. Which is a sad but understandable part of Admiral Archer's legacy. I do wonder, however, if Archer saying for Section 31 to stay out of things like the Orion problem made things worse. Idle hands are the Devil's Workshop, after all.