This has me curious, I just read the Alien Spotlight story, a couple of days ago. I wasn't sure if it was a story that goes into late 2265 or sometime in 2266. I haven't read the Byrne story yet, but does something specfically place it in 2266?
It's a direct prequel to "Balance of Terror," showing how and why the Commander was sent on the mission depicted in that episode. Therefore it must take place very soon before BoT, only as much time as it takes to travel from Romulus to the Neutral Zone.
And I'm confused. The Alien Spotlight
Romulan story is
the Byrne story. So how can you have just read it and not read it yet?
I understand that it is a prequel to "Balance of Terror". Its just nothing in the story concretely establishes when it takes place. In my mind I left the possibility of late 2265 open if there were other events that might have unfolded before "Balance of Terror".
Its prequel status doesn't accurately place it in the timeline. While I agree its very likely it happened in 2266 I was just leaving the possibility open for a longer period of time. I'm just wondering if the marketing department at IDW said that it happens "months", "weeks" or "days" before the episode.
The Byrne story I have not read is "The Hollow Crown", the same one you mention in an earlier post.
Perhaps that will have a line in it about the length of time involved.