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S.C.E. Foundation (Star Trek) [Mass Market Paperback]

Kevin Dilmore , Dayton Ward
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5 April 2004 Star Trek (Book 5)
In the twenty-fourth century, the USS da Vinci and its S.C.E. team led by Commander Sonya Gomez roam the galaxy, solving the technical problems of the universe in a state-of-the-art ship. But back in the twenty-third century, for the newly-formed Starfleet Corps of Engineers, things did not always run so smoothly...And on board the da Vinci, Captain Montgomery Scott recalls his younger days as the chief engineer of the legendary USS Enterprise, under the command of Captain James T. Kirk, and his encounters with a very different Corps of Engineers. From the edge of the Romulan Neutral Zone to the uncharted regions of deepest space, Scotty joins forces with a battered old vessel, the USS Lovell, to bring the S.C.E. into the future.

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  • Mass Market Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Pocket Books (5 April 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0743483006
  • ISBN-13: 978-0743483001
  • Product Dimensions: 17.3 x 10.6 x 2.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 2.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 376,182 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Trek Nation"A perfect opportunity to be introduced to a wonderful set of characters that fulfill a distinctive role and provide a fresh and unusual perspective on the Star Trek universe.

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Kevin Dilmore has been a contributor to Star Trek Communicator magazine since 1997. Teaming up with Dayton Ward, their several Star Trek novels include two of the popular Next Generation A Time To... series: A Time to Sow (0743482999) and A Time to Harvest (0743482980)

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Dear oh dear oh dear 19 Jan 2012
Format:Mass Market Paperback
I really tried with this... I wanted to enjoy it, but I had to give up in the end. Turgid, badly written and with dialogue so hammy as to lend no credibility to the characters whatsoever. A reviewer from the US said "The first full-length Starfleet Corps of Engineers novel, "Foundations" is a story that offers something for any Star Trek fan that enjoys passing some time with a good book." - Well, I'm a Star Trek fan that enjoys passing time with a good book (I'm legendary for it around my office) but this is not it. I'd be disappointed if this was free online fanfict. Send me a suitably stamped and self-addressed envelope and you can take it off my hands for free. I'd feel guilty taking your money!
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3.0 out of 5 stars Standard SCE fare with a twist 23 May 2012
By Rory Q
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This book is a compilation of the Foundations trilogy ebooks and describes a fairly routine mission for the Da Vinci crew. This being Star Trek, nothing is ever routine and the crew need to think outside the box and take a look back at a young Montgomery Scott's career for help.

Books 2 and 3 tend to make better use of this format in my opinion, even giving the fans a bit of closure on Kirk's habit of changing a whole planet's culture then flying off.

However, Book 1 seemed to be a tenuous link into Scotty's past, the only similarity being a mention of an ion storm. I was unsure while reading it to see how an ion storm hitting an asteroid, requiring excavation and rebuilding related to a ship being propelled along by the effects of an ion storm.

Nevertheless, it was still fun to see Scotty early on in his career (pre-Enterprise in fact). It was also nice to see al-Khaled and the USS Lovell make an appearance as I'd initially encountered the characters in the Vanguard series, and I do like a bit of the old continuity!

While it's an entertaining enough read, I did feel a bit let down - the title Foundations hinted to me that we might see the formation of the SCE, but in all three of the stories, the SCE is already well established and it just happens to be that Scotty is around them when they encounter a problem that would relate to the Da Vinci's mission a century later. Also it's the second mention of Landru in as many books... Not that I mind as it's so long since I read Caveat Emptor that I'd forgotten most of what happened in that story, but with such a vast wealth of stories both seen onscreen and a whole universe of new stories to create from the writers' minds, it's a bit odd the same concept should come up again so soon.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Highly Entertaining 9 April 2004
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The first full-length Starfleet Corps of Engineers novel, "Foundations" is a story that offers something for any Star Trek fan that enjoys passing some time with a good book.
Set within a 24th century framing story that sees the crew of the USS da Vinci attempting a dramatic rescue of a runaway vessel, authors Dayton Ward and Kevin Dilmore take the reader back to three key S.C.E. missions set during the 23rd century in a tale that explores the origins and evolution of the Starfleet Corps of Engineers.
Utilizing flashbacks to tell a story certainly isn't original but it definitely works well in this instance. Each of the three flashback stories is a complete and interesting story on their own. Ward and Dilmore know how to engage your attention from the opening paragraph of a novel and spin a highly entertaining tale.
Originally released as an eBook trilogy in 2002, as a full-length novel Foundations is an even more effect story without the recapping needed when a story is broken down into individual parts. Well paced and carefully plotted, "Foundations" is mighty satisfying reading in a number of ways.
The 24th century framing story effectively sets up each jump back to the past while at the same time provides it's own interesting dilemma. Using the same characters, the crew of the USS Lovell, in each of the three flashbacks provides continuity and good flow to the overall narrative while at the same time allowing the reader to get to know and appreciate the characters, particularly Commander Mahmud al-Khaled. Al-Khaled, like the da Vinci's Commander Sonya Gomez, commands a crew of unique individuals you can't help but like.
Ward and Dilmore have a real knack for writing dialogue that very effectively brings the individual characters to life.
If you are not already a follower of this popular series, then give "Foundations" a try. It's a perfect opportunity to be introduced to a wonderful set of characters that fulfill a distinctive role and provide a fresh and unusual perspective to the Star Trek universe. Best of all, it's a fun read.
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Landru returns 19 Mar 2004
By Picardfan007 - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback
In this e book series the spotlight is on Scotty and his early days forming the S.C.E. In this tale the Landru computer is reactivated and Scotty must solve the problem. With the help of his engineering friends of course. For all it's worth, it's a good story featuring Scotty as the star of the book. I'd like to see a seperate e book series featuring his early career after this one. Scotty's character can still work with modern readers.
I have to give this one five stars and hope it inspires the editors at Pocket books to publish more e books about the original series era with our favorite engineer.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars First dose of SCE 22 Mar 2004
By B. Everett - Published on Amazon.com
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This was my first dip in the Starfleet Corps of Engineer world and I have to say I will be swimming again with the crew of the `USS da Vinci.' This is basically three stories that of the initial crew of the SCE and a much younger Scotty.
I enjoyed seeing the aftermath of the reckless Captain Kirk as he explored the galaxy. The problems he created and the SCE had to clean up, seemed very realistic and creative. Each adventure felt complete and help extend the adventures of the original Enterprise.
Since this was my first step into the SCE, I felt partially at a loss and out of touch with some characters. The book was great and I will be picking up more adventures with the SCE crew.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars ST-SCE Book #5 Foundations 29 Feb 2004
By Joe Zika - Published on Amazon.com
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Star Trek - SCE Book #5 Foundations written by Dayton Ward and Kevin Dilmore is the first full length book starring the Starfleet Corps of Engineers. This book is derived from the eBook series from Star Trek: Starfleet Corps of Engineers #17-19.
"Foundations" gives the reader background into the starting of the SCE back in the twenty-third century the main character in this book is Captain Montgomery Scott now head of the SCE as he reminisis in retrospect abount some of the missions he was on either when serving on the U.S.S. Enterprise or when he was assigned to the U.S.S. Lovell before serving on the Enterprise, which, all in all, makes for interesting reading.
The U.S.S. da Vinci is the twenty-fourth century ship with state- of-the-art equipment, but the SCE had a very humble beginning back in the twenty-third century and these are the stories that are told through Montgomery Scott's eyes as he tells us what really happens. As the book starts out there is a run away ion drive on a Senuta ship coming from the Beta Quadrant through Klingon Space and the SCE and the da Vinci is right in its path so they pull along side and begin to correct the problem.
This story completes itself throughout the book a segment at a time as the SCE work to solve one problem as the next problem shows its head. There are three main retrospectives throughout the book as you read on. All of these are from writings of Montgomery Scott or his recollections as he is speaking to the da Vinci crew. From the edge of the Romulan Neutral Zone comes a story of a reactor overload due to an ion storm on an asteroid relay station and how it gets solved. The next story is the continuation of what transpired on Beta III when Captain Kirk and the Enterprise left after the Landru incident.
The Landru computer turns out to have a few tricks up its sleve and the SCE with Montgomery Scott from the Enterprise are left on Beta III to clean up the mess left by Kirk. This was a very interesting story of how the SCE works to help worlds get back on their feet and the clever ways these engineers work to solve problems. The third story involves uncharted regions of space as the Kelvans are test driving a new warp drive that is much more efficiant and can break the warp limits on speed.
This story was very interesting as it showed the resourcefulness of Scotty and his long time friend Muhmud al-Khaled the first director of the SCE. And this story brings into play newer members of the SCE with the older members making for some sparks to fly as they are now in uncharted space and meet some interesting aliens.
All in All, I found the book to be an interesting one telling the rest of the story from Kirk's exploites to the nuts and bolts operation of the SCE. I gave this book a solid 5 stars for a tale told well through the eyes of the master engineer himself... Captain Montgomery Scott with help and support from the Starfleet Corps of Engineers. This was a very quick read and the story is divided into three interconnected sections making for a quick fix of Trek before bed.
4.0 out of 5 stars Anthology of Three S.C.E. Tales 8 July 2012
By Stewart Teaze - Global Warming Debunker; Kiddies: Don't believe your teacher's/professor's job-killing union-stooge thieving commie agenda - Published on Amazon.com
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This book is an anthology of three related S.C.E. (StarFleet Corps of Engineers) stories (previously published in eBook format in 2002), tied together by a newer "later-generation" story (2004). I obtained it used via Amazon (someone bought it for a couple of bucks at a Goodwill, and resold it... works for me!).

I bought this book mainly because of the second story, which involves Lt. Commander Scott (the Enterprise's Chief Engineer, from the Original Series) having to deal with the aftermath of Captain Kirk and Commander Spock "turning off" Landru on Beta III (from my favorite Star Trek TOS episode RETURN OF THE ARCHONS). I wasn't disappointed, and the other two stories were pretty good as well. I might even obtain more of these S.C.E. books in the future.
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