Re: Was the reveal of the Enterprise-A a big surprise?
In fact, I'd argue that by their very nature, they aren't.
They can be rooted in truth, however. Well-founded opinions always have a basis in fact.
"He clapped his captain—his friend—on the shoulder. Yes, this man was very much like James Kirk, in all the ways that mattered." --Christopher L. Bennett-- Star Trek: Mere Anarachy, The Darkness Drops Again