What do I mean by that? I’m talking about those Star Trek novels which, due to the ever-evolving nature of the Star Trek franchise, end up being superseded by more recent on-screen events. For example, we have Federation by Judith and Garfield Reeves-Stevens, which gave us a great backstory for Zefram Cochrane, the character introduced in the original Trek episode “Metamorphosis.”
Cochrane was a central character in the 1996 film Star Trek: First Contact, and the story developed for him is completely different from the one created for the earlier novel. Does this make Federation any less entertaining to read? Hell, no, just as The War of the Worlds doesn’t lose anything for us having learned that there are no Martians on Mars, and Raise the Titanic! is still a fun adventure thriller despite hinging on the fact that the Titanic had to be in one piece.
So, what are some of your favorite “outdated” Trek novels? The Final Reflection? Dark Mirror? There are debates as to whether certain novels, though supposedly having been “overwritten,” can in fact be made to fit with a bit of handwaving. Feel free to chime in with your thoughts on that, as well. For the purposes of this exercise, I’m only talking about novels with plots, events, or developments which end up being replaced by on-screen material which came later.
Why am I asking? Well, I’ve been asked to write on this topic, and I want to get input from the readers of such books as I compile my own list. The first person to recommend a title that I end up using as an example will get a shout-out in the piece, and my sincere thanks and appreciation for their suggestion.
So, let’s have ‘em!