LaForge was my favorite TNG character from day one and while I would love
for him to be a captain and get his own ship, I also think that I'd probably see less of him if that happened. I just don't see Pocket doing a new book series with LaForge as captain, so he'd probably be reduced to occasional brief cameos (if not just brief mentions in passing) in other books. I'd rather him be a continually stronger presence in the TNG books as the Enterprise
's new second officer.