^ Cool; thanks for the detailed reply. I started reading every new Trek book that came out in 2008, and I didn't want to break my run
To be honest, I seriously considered not mentioning the EW at bits all in this book, but decided that would be cheating. But really all we're talking about is the occasional stray memory on Shaun's part.
"Mission Control hadn't been this tense since that day, years ago, when the Botany Bay launched . . . "
That sort of thing.
(And who knows? Maybe we'll end up cutting all those lines out.)