That's one of the reasons I don't really like comparing the original series to TNG. They were different eras, of course they are going to be different. It's not really fair to use 23rd century sensibilities when looking at the 24th century. What worked in the 23rd century may not be appropriate to the 24th. It's the same with the Prime Directive. It makes perfect sense that the focus of the PD may have changed by the time of TNG. The Rings of Tautee actually hinted at that at the end when Captain Bogle volunteers to be part of a team to review the PD for the future. Now that works both ways of course. Writers sometimes, I think without realizing it, may inadvertently use 24th century sensibilities when writing a 23rd century story. Ok, good to know. It's weird. I usually remember something from the novels I read but I honestly can't remember a thing from Inception other than it featured Dr Marcus and Leila (the cover helps ). It just came to mind and I actually had to look up the title because I couldn't even remember that. Just a vague memory about a story I read a few years back that it featured a story of Kirk's earlier career.