Re: The original plan for Countdown
2. Even if the current novel line does remain with a Pocket that enjoys unbroken continuity, the current novel continuity doesn't have to endure. The Powers That Be may decide that a return to the Richard Arnold era would make more sense. Or, perhaps more plausibly, they might decide that continuing to produce material set in a timeline that Trek isn't going to explore again will just confuse new Trek fans.
Personally, I would think that the fact that Trek doesn't appear to be planning on returning to the Prime timeline any time soon would be a major plus for the novels. Now they can be promoted as the only place to (semi-)regular get new adventures from the Prime characters.
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