Does Shadows on the Sun
use one of those back stories for McCoy? I haven't read it myself, but the back cover blurb on Memory Beta says McCoy runs into his ex-wife so I'm assuming their history must come up somewhere along the line.
Essentially everything since Enterprise: The First Adventure
, including SotS, has used the basics of what McIntyre established, such as that McCoy's ex-wife was named Jocelyn. I think they've all stuck with the idea that it was Jocelyn who got custody of Joanna in the divorce (although the earlier Crisis on Centaurus
said that Bones got custody).
Then there's E:TFA and DC's first Trek annual telling different versions of Kirk's first mission as Enterprise captain within a year of each other in 1985-6 -- and then Pocket and DC telling different versions of the end of the 5-year mission later in the '80s.
And more recently, your 2012 novel DTI: Forgotten History
portrayed a completely different set of circumstances surrounding the end of the five-year mission than David R. George III
's 2006 novel Crucible: McCoy - Provenance of Shadows
. So that tradition continues even today, of presenting multiple interpretations of major events in Trekverse history.
Oh, yes, I'd forgotten about Crucible
. And there's also a version of the end of the 5-year mission in Strange New Worlds 10
, the story "Empty" by David DeLee. That makes seven different versions to date that I know of. (Maybe eight, depending on how you interpret Black Fire
.) That may be a record for the number of different retellings of the same event in professional Trek tie-in fiction.
James Swallow wrote:
My point was that while you
may not feel continuity matters much in Doctor Who
and even though the show itself provides a get-out clause, there's still an element of DW
fandom - and indeed some tie-in writers for that franchise - who have constructed elaborate theorems to explain things such as how the multiple Atlantises (Atlantii
) can co-exist, why two different Doctors have done variant versions of "Shada" or the "Human Nature" stories, and so on and so on.
It can be a fun creative exercise to try to concoct such rationalizations. The problem is that some people take it too seriously or get too invested in a single interpretation.