Looks like I'll have to ignore this new trilogy and hope that future books don't screw over the wider novel continuity any further.
That's your choice of course, but I think you'd be doing yourself a disservice. First, because the first book was a great read; second, because I think it's more likely that future novels will follow on Cold Equations
than disregard other continuity (or restore IfM, for that matter).
I absolutely loved Indistinguishable from Magic
, and I hate to see that chapter of the "ongoing" Trek story disregarded as well, but sadly that's the risk that comes with tie-in stories. And really, it's not like the story of Cold Equations
is all about ignoring or undoing Indistinguishable from Magic;
it tells a great story about about something completely different, it's just that the elements concerning Geordi don't match.
Read it and decide for yourself.