As an old school DC comics fan, one of the things that I loved was that in the original Kamandi series it was foretold that there would be an event that would radically change the DC earth forever. We knew very little about said event other than it was called the The Great Disaster and that as result Kamandi would be the last boy on Earth and grow up in a post apocalyptic world. Now Star Trek will never be THAT grim. However, one of the few things that I've actually liked about the new Trek films is that has actually locked into place a specific cataclysm that will have a traumatic effect on the original Star Trek timeline. For the movies this was just a throw away event used as a justification for Nero's vendetta…i.e. something that will never have to actually be addressed. For the books, the Hobus Supernova is the last canonical event of the prime timeline…and cannot simply be ignored. Given than the absolute present in the novels is, I believe, 2384…that means that Romulus only has about 3 years of life left to it. I'm wondering if the folks at Pocket Books and some of the writers have started to give any thought to what the run up to this dead line would look like and what the aftermath might be. Given everything that's happened in the late 24th Century, its starting to look like this period might simply turn out to be Star Trek's period of great tribulation. Sort of how even in Trek lore, the 21st century seemed to see humanity lurch from one catastrophic event to another before nearly destroying ourselves in the middle of the century. All of that ugliness was apparently painful, but humanity would emerge stronger and better by the 22nd century. We know, within canon, that the United Federation of Planets will endure in one form or another until at least the 31st century (though we have no idea about the Klingons, Romulans, Cardassians etc). I like that the late 24th century is proving to be a turbulent period for everyone. I'd love to see Esri's comment in DS9 that the Klingon Empire is dying get addressed more firmly. It seems that a crumbling Klingon Emprie and a Romulus pushed to the brink of extinction might be the very thing that leads to a stronger Federation that can endure for 1000 years.