Re: Intrepid class VS a galaxy class, which was more powerful and adva Canon is whatever YOU precieve it to be. If you want to limit yourself to that, go right on ahead. Personally, if Mike Okuda is going to sit down and write up a bunch of tech manuals based on designs he did for the show, are YOU really going to sit back and say "Hey Mike Okuda, hey, I like those books you did based on the designs you made for TNG, but you know what, they aren't Canon, because they didn't appear in the show". Give me a break. Look up the definition of Canon and you'll find the definition states canon is what the end user defines as truisms they consider. If you want to be that guy who would challenge people like Mike Okuda calling his information akin to fraud because it doesn't meet your definition of canon, go right on ahead, but then I demand you post a youtube video of yourself calling him and properly tagging so he can respond in kind. Personally, for me, full on licensed material intended to keep the franchise going is good enough for my book of canon. This includes Path to 2409 (the relaunch novels), Star Trek Online and any official material such as tech manuals or Star Trek the Magazine. The only thing I outright discriminate against is the games pre-Star Trek Online because they make no effort to remain in universe, the non-IGW comics (which I haven't directly followed, but I have read summaries and they do make one heck of an effort to follow Path to 2409) and books pre-Path to 2409 I consider good stories, but I'm never going to lean on them for anything beyond except in a few cases or a few series where they went to extraordinary efforts to remain in univers (IE SCE and Excaliber should probably be considered). I should ALSO point out if YOU don't support the materials, at least in so far as to acknowledge they exist and acknowledge TPTB are working hard to expand the universe in other formats since CBS is so resistant to putting Star Trek back on the air, all you're doing is hurting the franchise. Each person who says "I don't care about Path to 2409 (the relaunch series)" has essentially said "I don't want anymore Star Trek".