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Introduction (blurb)


In the twenty-fourth century, the U.S.S. 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 the road to the da Vinci was a difficult one, as the S.C.E. had to go through its share of growing pains back in the twenty-third century....

Book One

One hundred and twelve years before the heyday of the da Vinci, Montgomery Scott took an assignment to the Romulan Neutral Zone to work alongside the crew of the U.S.S. Lovell and her staff from the Starfleet Corps of Engineers. But this S.C.E. is much different from the modern version -- a down-and-dirty team of technicians given the worst jobs in the fleet. When the repair of one of the Neutral Zone outposts goes horribly wrong, Scotty and the nascent S.C.E. team must work together to keep the outpost in one piece....

Book Two

Over a century before the days of the da Vinci, the Starship Enterprise encountered -- and deactivated -- a world-running computer called Landru on Beta III. In the aftermath of the incident, a team of engineers, led by Montgomery Scott, is tasked with getting Beta III back on its feet. But even in "death," Landru's influence can still be felt....

Book Three

A century before the heyday of the da Vinci, an engineering accident on an experimental Kelvan ship sent Scotty and an S.C.E. team led by his old friend Commander Mahmud al-Khaled into uncharted space. When a group of hostile aliens demands that they leave or face the consequences, the S.C.E. must work against the clock to repair the ship or face destruction!


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Carol AbramowitzMahmud al-KhaledJeffrey AndersonBilarAlicia BurkeEvert CelineDaltrenDreaKieran DuffyBart FaulwellDiego FelicianoGhrexDavid GoldSonya GomezHacomJane HamiltonHanarHoytIrcoralJ'lennJahnKellermanPaul LeGereChristopher LindstromMarplonVanessa MastersNrech'lahNirsroseBrian O'HalloranDaniel OkagawaJoanne PiotrowskiRegerRobin RusconiMontgomery ScottSolomanFabian StevensTkellanTomarTulaMolan lek XavTalev zh'Thren
Referenced only
Alhena al-KhaledJil BarnakBohanRichard DaystromDorinRobert FoxJames T. KirkElizabeth LenseAnthony MarkGabriel MarshallLeonard McCoyHeihachiro NoguraRojanSpockThompsonWilliam of OccamSongmin WongWorf

Starships and vehicles

USS ArchonUSS ChandleyUSS da VinciUSS DefiantDurgejiin (Lutralian warship) • USS EnterpriseUSS Enterprise-DUSS HippocratesUSS LexingtonUSS Lovell (Daedalus-class) • MoleUSS Tucker


AberdeenAndromeda GalaxyBeta IIIBeta QuadrantDelta Tau IIIEarthEerlikEmpok NorMaeglinMemory AlphaNew KelvaNGC 321EminiarOutpost 5Qualor IIRigel XIIRisaRomulan Neutral ZoneSector 68HStarbase 2Starbase 10Starbase 22Starfleet HeadquartersTau Delta III

Races and cultures

Alpha CentauranAndorianArchonsBetanBynarFerengiKelvanKlingonLutralianMedusanRomulanSenutaTellariteTholianVulcan

States and organizations

"the Body" • EldersFederation CouncilFederation Diplomatic CorpsKelvan EmpireKlingon EmpireLawgiversLutralian Central CommandLutralian HegemonyStarfleetStarfleet AcademyStarfleet Corps of EngineersStarfleet Medical ServiceStarfleet Research and DevelopmentUnited Federation of Planets

Other references

anti-gravity unitbabushkaCajun spiceCanopian spiced saladchicken brothDenevan whiskeydeuteriumdisruptor cannondoamjah oilduotronic computerEarth-Romulan Warelbbarcs wineelectromagnetic pulseenvironmental suitFederation News NetworkFeinberg receiver • "the Festival" • first contactgalactic barrierGanitriulgoldfishGuardianhaggisHall of Audienceshand laserhologramhull platinginterphasic coilion driveLandrulasagnaM-5 computerMark II laser cannonMark III laser-drilling packMark IX artillery cannonOccam's Razorplastisteelplexisteelplomeek soupprojectile weaponproton pump inhibitorPXK reactorration pack #47Red Hourroot beerScotchself destructsonic shower • "space bag" • spatial torpedoStarfleet Corps of Engineers Command Liaisonsubspace relay beaconteaTellarite storytranstatortranswarptuna salad sandwichType II phaseruniversal translatorvegetables


Related media

Media featuring the USS Lovell
Star Trek: Corps of Engineers FoundationsWhere Time Stands StillDistant Early Warning
Star Trek: Vanguard Summon the ThunderReap the WhirlwindOpen Secrets
Characters Daniel OkagawaAraev zh'RhunMahmud al-KhaledMoves-With-Burning-GraceMolan lek Xav
Star Trek: Corps of Engineers stories and publications
eBooks The Belly of the BeastFatal ErrorHard CrashInterphase (Part OnePart Two)Cold FusionInvincible (Part OnePart Two)The Riddled PostHere There Be MonstersAmbushSome Assembly RequiredNo SurrenderCaveat EmptorPast LifeOathsFoundationsEnigma ShipWar StoriesWildfireHome FiresAge of UnreasonBalance of NatureBreakdownsAftermathIshtar RisingBuying TimeCollective HindsightThe DemonRing Around the SkyOrphansGrand DesignsFailsafeBitter MedicineSargasso SectorParadise InterruptedWhere Time Stands StillThe Art of the DealSpinCreative CouplingsSmall WorldMalefictorumLost TimeIdentity CrisisFables of the Prime DirectiveSecurityWoundsOut of the CocoonHonorBlackoutThe CleanupProgressThe Future BeginsEchoes of CoventryDistant Early Warning10 is Better Than 01Many SplendorsTurn the PageTroubleshootingThe LightThe Art of the ComebackSigns from HeavenGhostRemembrance of Things Past
Short stories "Field Expediency" • "An Easy Fast"
Omnibuses Have Tech, Will TravelMiracle WorkersSome Assembly RequiredNo SurrenderFoundationsWildfireBreakdownsAftermathGrand DesignsCreative CouplingsWoundsOut of the CocoonWhat's Past


  • Foundations was originally published in three parts in the Star Trek: Starfleet Corps of Engineers eBook series (# 17, 18 and 19). It was later reprinted in a single paperback volume, with minor changes to the connecting material, and billed as "The first full-length novel starring the Starfleet Corps of Engineers!"
  • Original eBook covers by Mike Collins:




published order
Previous eBook:
SCE eBooks Next eBook:
Enigma Ship
Previous book:
No Surrender
SCE omnibuses Next book:
chronological order
Previous Adventure:
Rising Son (Chapter 9)
Pocket Next Adventure:
Enigma Ship
Previous Adventure:
The Return of the Archons
Voyages of the
USS Enterprise (NCC-1701)
(2264 to 2270)

Book Two Chapters 2-8
Next Adventure:
A Taste of Armageddon
The above chronology placements are based on the primary placement in 2376.
The Pocket Books Timeline places events from this story in three other timeframes:
Previous Adventure:
Book One, Chapters 2-7
Next Adventure:
Enterprise: The First Adventure
Previous Adventure:
The Return of the Archons
Book Two, Chapters 2-8
Next Adventure:
The Avenger
Previous Adventure:
A Little More Action
Book Three, Chapters 2-7
Next Adventure:
The Pandora Principle

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