C.E. Evans wrote:
For what it's worth, Star Trek: Generations established that 78 years transpired between the maiden voyage of the Enterprise-B (2293) and the final voyage of the Enterprise-D (2371).
That's something else I've never fully understood. Why does the beginning of GEN have to take place in the same year as TUC? It would make more sense if it was a year or two later, as TUC ends with the Enterprise-A being decommisioned, and GEN begins with Enterprise-B ready to launch.
Yeah, most of the novels released around the time GEN hit theaters (and afterwards) used 2294 as the launch-date of the Enterprise
-B (including the novel Federation
, which came out about a full month or so prior to the movie), but later sources retconned this to 2293, the same year as TUC.
Not sure where the 2294-figure got started as a thing, since the first season of TNG is clearly established as occurring in 2364 (the episode, "The Neutral Zone," takes place near the very end of that year), with six more story-years taking places afterwards, with the 24th Century portions of Generations
possessing stardates set one year further after THAT...i.e.
, in 2371.
There are quite a few stories set after the events of Star Trek VI
, before the launch, involving the original crew (The Ashes of Eden, Sarek, Mind Meld, The Last Roundup, The Fearful Summons, Shadows on the Sun
, et al), which now have to be squeezed into those months between the films.
Not a huge deal, as most stories tend to take place over a period of days or weeks at most, but these things still happen occasionally.