Are there any Star Trek novels that depict the Federation primarily or entirely outside of Starfleet? There’s been a lot of fan speculation over the years on what civilian life in the Federation would be like, and I’d like to see whether any writers have actually tackled the subject.

  • The first two chapters of The Autobiography of James T. Kirk are accounts before he joined Starfleet, both living on Earth and a Federation Colony. Commented Oct 14, 2019 at 18:53
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    I don't see this as a list / recommendations question because it's asking if such a thing has been depicted. That seems on topic to me
    – NKCampbell
    Commented Oct 14, 2019 at 19:06
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    @NKCampbell - Feels listy to me; What are all the books that have X?
    – Valorum
    Commented Oct 15, 2019 at 6:15
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    This might be a case where we don't know until it's answered if the answer is "no", or a small bounded list, both of which would be fine.
    – FuzzyBoots
    Commented Oct 15, 2019 at 9:36

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From a quick look at the Novels page of Memory Alpha, I found two novels that seems to fit:

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