Since the cancellation of Enterprise, the Star Trek novel line had been the main driving force behind keeping the franchise alive and continuing the saga. Released of the burden of ongoing televised adventures, which could invalidate their works with little more than a short sentence on screen, the editors and authors had even more freedom than before to expand the universe and steer it into new directions. As a result, a new tighter continuity between the books was created and more and more “book only”-series appeared on the scene. But then a new movie helmed by J.J. Abrams was announced, altering the editorial decisions at Pocket Books years before its release.
In this piece we talk to authors and long time readers – Keith R.A. DeCandido, Geoffrey Thorne, Allyn Gibson, and Steve Roby – about the impact of the movie on the Star Trek novel line both before and after its actual release.