Honestly, I would have just preferred a bit less of it, not a more fake version. Like I've said, I still really enjoyed the actual story, the rampant science talk just took me out of it sometimes. It's also a bit weird because I've never really seen it this much in a ST book. Still, overall the book was a great story, just with some moments that made me really scratch my head. When it comes to books by Christopher, it doesn't match the two DTI books (which are legitimately two of my favorite Star Trek books, probably in my top 10 if not top 5) but, even if the science was confusing, I still thought The Buried Age was a very good book. I'd also put Ariel's species as one of the best book specific aliens. Also, it's kind of weird to hear this is normal for Christopher's books, since I had zero problem with anything in the DTI books. Then again, I've only read his DTI books and The Buried Age. Maybe I'm just better at understanding time stuff than I am the science in The Buried Age, although it does seem like the hardcore science is more prevalent in TBA than it was in the DTI books.