^Well, at the time, there wasn't much else to go by when it came to Trek tech.
But personally, I'd be more inclined to count it if it referenced something from the Spaceflight Chronology
. As discussed above, a number of '80s books built on the SFC's chronological and historical assumptions; The Final Reflection
and Strangers from the Sky
in particular are very much set in the "SFC-verse." So one could count the SFC as a foundational work of the '80s continuity along with TFR and the Diane Duane books.