I recently posted a review at my blog
of the Star Trek Spaceflight Chronology
, drawing from this 2011 discussion thread
. It made me wondering about some of its legacies.
As KingDaniel noted at the time
, the Spaceflight Chronology
had a considerable influence on the loose Pocket Books novel continuity of the 1980s--Final Frontier
, The Final Reflection
, Spock's World
and Strangers From the Sky
all include elements of the timeline and universe. This 1980s continuity has been superseded, first by Paramount's enforcement of its copyright in such a way as to ensure that the only stories told in the derivative media would be stories that couldn't contradict with the canon, second by the second novel continuity started in the late 1990s that built on the TV canon. Elements of the 1980s canon have been incorporated into the second, current canon, whether wholeheartedly (i.e. the heavy borrowing from Duane's Rihannsu series by Sherman and Shwartz in their Vulcan's ...
series) as relatively minor homages (mentions of John Ford's Black Fleet and the Kinshaya).
A separate Star Trek
continuity from the novels was also influenced by the Spaceflight Chronology
, though, that of the FASA roleplaying game
. A fair amount of material managed to get produced, ranging from Klingon modules partly co-written with Ford to FASA's own take on the Romulans and Orions to the neutral Triangle region
at the intersection of the Federation, Klingon, and Romulan spheres of space. (I own the Romulan and Orion modules, FWIW.)
Does anyone familiar with the setting if, akin to the 1980s chronology, anything specifically from the FASA RPG setting might have made it into the novels? Apart from a passing mention of the Romulan Great Brothers in one of the Romulan War novels, I can't think of anything.