Star Trek: New Frontier is the father of the modern Star Trek Expanded Universe. Much like Timothy Zahn’s Thrawn Trilogy created the modern Star Wars Expanded Universe, so did Peter David’s adventures of Captain Mackenzie Calhoun and the U.S.S Excalibur create the foundations on which all others would follow. Star Trek fiction existed before this massive multi-book series, existed in books by the hundreds in-fact, but it was continuity-less and insubstantial as a cloud to the greater universe. I hesitate to use the word licensed fan fiction, because some of it was really good, but that’s how Paramount viewed it. Flattering, fun to read, but lacking in consistency and unimportant in the grand scheme of things.