King Daniel wrote:
Mr. Laser Beam wrote:
Okay then - if something is that different, just put it in an alternate universe (not alternate timeline). That should be enough.
I'm not sure what the difference is supposed to be. Unless you mean a real life Alternate Universe story?
, which is the same thing Christopher
is suggesting - a slightly different interpretation of the Trekverse with no in-universe connection to the other.
Look at it this way: An alternate universe is a physical location. Matter vibrates at different frequencies, quantum fluxes in the cellular RNA, or whatever the hell it is. Think of the DC multiverse, for example. Read "Crisis on Infinite Earths."
An alternate timeline, OTOH, is more like an idea. The same universe can contain different alternate timelines - "Yesterday's Enterprise", for example. It was switched from one timeline, to another, and back again, all of this in one universe.