Re: Updating FJ's technical manual?
Given the recent discussions regarding Franz Joseph's Star Trek related work from the 1970s I'm intrigued by something of a thought exercise.
For a long time many fans accepted FJ's work as pretty much accepted gospel in terms of Trek technical background, at least in regards to TOS, TAS and the early films. But when TNG bowed FJ's work began to be forgotten as the new creators sought to put their stamp on Trek's world building and effectively rewrite what had long been accepted.
Now for discussion's sake how would you update FJ's technical manual if given the opportunity? Would you adhere to what he had established or only accept parts of it? Or would you simply ignore it altogether in favour of something totally new reflecting the "official" world-building as written from TNG onward?
I'd like some opinions before I weigh in with my own perspective.
Star Trek is a fictional universe, it is open to interpretation by different artists working on it...it's a malleable thing, and in the scheme of things not a religious experience, therefore if the studio chosen producers choose to change the warp scale then that's how it goes...no matter how much you want to bury your head in the sand.
It is far better to grasp the universe as it really is than to persist in delusion, however satisfying and reassuring. Carl Sagan