Years ago I came across the idea of something that I wouldn't have thought existed; the prospect that TOS had an expanded continuity that developed characters and situations and explored the culture of several major popular alien races. I was captivated by the outline of a loosely networked continuity that emerged in the TOS novels of the 1980's that is detailed in this topic thread: https://www.trekbbs.com/threads/the-continuity-of-days-gone-by.140169/ A lot of the ideas of TOS's expanded universe was subsequently overwritten by the coming of TNG and its successors. Yet I've never been bothered by the concept of canon. Eventually we got to a point where we were going to have the publication of novels set in the alternate universe of the JJ Abrams films. And then they cancelled those books before they came out. Feeling disappointed at the loss of reading about new stories in an alternative version of TOS, I turned my attention back to this older continuity. I've felt despondent about the arguments that Trek should have a clearly defined canon, or a single continuity, or that books and comics should be dismissed as meaningless. I can't argue on those topics, although I hope everyone finds what they are looking for in the entertainment they consume. I turned away and started my quiet, unspoken rebellion. I wanted to read these 80's books, let them come alive in my mind, without dismissing them with a pronouncement that they are not canon. Here is the reading list I'm making my way through: The Entropy Effect The Wrath of Khan Yesterday's Son The Wounded Sky The Final Reflection The Search for Spock My Enemy, My Ally The Vulcan Academy Murders Dwellers in the Crucible Mindshadow Crisis on Centaurus Dreadnaught! Demons Enterprise: The First Adventure Battlestations! The Voyage Home Deep Domain Dreams of the Raven Strangers From the Sky The Romulan Way How Much for Just the Planet? Bloodthirst Final Frontier The IDIC Epidemic Time for Yesterday Spock's World Memory Prime The Lost Years The Pandora Principle Doctor's Orders Prime Directive Music of the Spheres Best Destiny These are books that I picked out from the Continuity of Days Gone by Thread; the books listed chronologically on the fourth page of the thread. However, I reorganized them into publication order, as I understand. My thought is that it will be more satisfying to see how the continuity accumulates and ultimately culminates in the later novels. I have removed a couple of books from the original list, books like Shadow Lord and Chain of Attack. My thinking for these books is that although they reinforce the continuity by referencing backstory or using previously established character, my impression is that they do not feedback into the overall continuity but reinforce it. I am a slow reader, and I read other books in between reading these ST books; and I would like to get to books like Time For Yesterday and Spock's World just a little quicker. I am open to other posters making a case to add some back in, and I plan to read them after this main sequence anyway. Uhura's Song is one individual case where I am open to including it with the above main sequence, on the grounds of the reviews I have seen for it. Timetrap is another possibility, for curiosity's sake. I'm already a little ways into this "marathon" (I'm not sure that's the right word) or read through, and will revisit the books I have read in reflections throughout on here. I didn't start a topic for this read through earlier because I didn't know how far I would get, and how fast.