In the recent Titan book Fallen Gods, on page 158 at the end of chapter 14, Dr. Ree talks about the Trill joining being indissoluble, “the termination of which nearly always kills the symbiont’s humanoid host once the fusion has passed the point of permanence.” This seems to contradict the outcome of Worlds of DS9: Trill: Unjoined. In that book the technology to successfully unjoin a Trill symbiont from a Trill host—without killing either—was perfected. In fact, the Trill President Lirisse Maz became Lirisse Durghan by unjoining with the Maz symbiont towards the end of the story—and then told the entire world in a speech. I think it’s fairly common knowledge that there are safe and repeatable techniques available which make the joining of Trill symbiont and host not “indissoluble”. Interesting how Ranul Keru was there on Trill when the events of Unjoined happen and now he’s on the USS Titan. It’s more interesting that Fallen Gods was written by Michael A. Martin and Unjoined was written by Andy Mangels and Michael A. Martin. So, I wonder, 1) did Martin just forget about the technology developed in Unjoined when he wrote Fallen Gods ? 2) is Unjoined not considered part of the same continuity that Fallen Gods exists within? OR 3) is Martin trying to tell us something about the common continuity the two stories exist in? a. Did the technology from Unjoined turn out to be a failure, and unjoining still “nearly always kills”? b. Did the technology get covered up such that a knowledgeable Starfleet doctor like Ree wouldn’t know about it? c. Was Dr. Ree just talking specifically about unjoinings without that technology—as part of the metaphor he was trying to make—without clearly stating that caveat in the discussion? d. Some other explanation? Can you think of one? I can’t. This whole thing just reminds me of the big sweeping changes that happen on Trill during Unjoined—including the murder of about 90% of the Trill symbionts and a big movement toward equality on Trill for unjoined Trill. I’d be really interested to see how Trill has changed—hopefully for the better—in the intervening years. The elitist reality of the joined on Trill (prior to Unjoined) always bothered me.