Christopher- To the average Trek fan like me, who hasn't the patience to nit-pick about cannon and details, TBA was a superb read. Easily on par with anything I've ever read from Clarke. Between TBA and Ex Machina, you've made me a regular customer.
I really do hope you get to write more books about the post TMP era. Your take in Ex Machina put the hook in me.
Your vision of the Enterprise D as a spacegoing University Town was a fantastic analogy.