If Crosscult doesn't want to publish an awesome story just because of a few tiny little minor inconsistencies, then they are fucking crazy. When you break it down, most people would never even notice the differences. It's people like us who really care about the tiny little tidbits. It still fits with the ongoing continuity..all you need to do is put aside the Geordi-Leah relationship thing and it's fine. The whole Nog, Barclay, and Ogawa situations don't even need to be addressed. Same with the Sela characterization. As far as i'm concerned, this is as much a part of the ongoing continuity as any of the other books.