^Well, I don't see it as an either-or question. As I think I already said, there's room for both. I like a tight, integrated continuity, sure. But I don't have a problem with other
continuities existing alongside it. It doesn't need to be all-or-nothing. There are some Trek books and comics I count as part of my core continuity, others I count as alternate-timeline events, and others I just count as pure fiction, stories I can enjoy without bothering with the conceit that they "really" happened in some way.