"Writers aren't trying to teach you a history lesson, we're trying to entertain you. You're playing along with us as we put on a show. And sometimes we stumble or flub our lines, and we try to fix our mistakes and improve our performance as we go, and we appreciate if you bear with us as we keep going forward as best we can." Okay, I can understand it when put like that. Since I'm not a person actively creating material for the franchise, and thus don't experience it as method of story-telling that's constantly changing and trying to find the best way to work (I only see the final product and so have already bought into the illusion that this is "real," so I'm naturally resistant to change like that. I'm not very fond of retcons in general, since the more times a series changes its mind about what really happened, the more suspension of disbelief I lose. It doesn't help that most of my favorite franchises have undergone massive reboots recently and Star Wars is the only one I can say that I like the new stuff -- which I think can be safely said to be canon, since, unlike George Lucas, the Story Group people who're taking his place as the overseer of the franchise are treating it as such (yes, they have time to discuss this in a committee ), but that's a topic for another thread. (Incidentally, your comments that it's hard to discuss Star Wars canon are very hard to have, given that they've used the word in different ways matches up to comments I've heard from the podcasting realm, so, yeah, I guess you got me there.) I don't tend to mind little changes, like Kirk's middle name changing, and other stuff that can be isolated as characters misspeaking or minor script errors, but once whole stories are thrown out, that's when I tend to say: "Wait a minute." Of course, I'm hardly consistent; given that I'm completely onboard with the idea of adding the NX-01 to list of Enterprises, and other little odds and ends, but wish that the ENT relaunch had followed the spirit of the TV series and not retconned Trip Tucker's death (despite wishing that the show itself had spared him). I guess the thing is, once the franchise can change anything they want, putting everything in a state of limbo, I have trouble caring, since I don't know if the story will be dismissed or not. But hey, as the Vulcans say, IDIC and as you wrote in your first Rise of the Federation book, different versions of the franchise creates a more interesting mix of stories. I'm hoping for a healthy mix of new Trek material, canon or otherwise, and hope that the new stuff goes places that the old stuff didn't or couldn't. P.S. In the past, you've put annotations on your website for your novels. Are there plans to have a set for Live by the Code and if so, is there a time estimate of when they'll be posted? I'm not trying to be a pest, given that I'm sure you have more on your plate then your internet work there and elsewhere (and by the way, thanks for taking time to talk with us readers on this forum), but I really enjoy reading those annotations after finishing the novel. I get a kick out of seeing a bit of the behind the scenes process and finding the easter eggs I missed the first time round, etc.