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ABOUT THE FARTHEST STAR

 

Star Trek: The Farthest Star (TFS), formerly Star Trek: Swiftfire (SWF), is a Star Trek fan fiction series that is set in the prime universe written by me, Jay L.R. All stories, unless labelled as being part of the Spectrum series, take place in a unified continuity (referred to as the TFS continuity).

The core period that TFS will cover is the TNG era, particularly around the 2360s and 2370s. However, the Star Trek universe is a big place that stretches across a vast area and timeline you can expect to visit places near and far, past and future.

Rating

The best rating I can apply to my fan fiction from fictionrating.com would be MA. My stories may contain mature content in the form of: Adult Themes, Violence, Coarse Language, Sexual References and/or Acts, Alcohol/Drug Use, Scenes of a Distressing Nature.

I currently do not individually tag stories with warnings. Please use your discretion as to whether, due to the rating, you should be reading any of these stories. It isn't something I've ever been asked to do nor have I posted on sites that heavily encourage trigger warnings. I may change my stance on this in the future, particularly if it is something readers would prefer.

Canon and continuity

Something I never thought about talking about until I joined the Star Trek Expanded Universe wiki, what do I hold as canon and within the continuity of this series? My main aim is to have my fanfic be consistent with canon. By that I mean I endeavour not to purposefully contradict events of what is considered to be canon in the prime universe (the timeline of TOS, TAS(?), TNG, DS9, VOY, ENT, and films 1 - 10).

Currently I'm ignoring Star Trek: Discovery. Part of the reason is it is pre-TOS and is far enough away it is unlikely to have a major impact. Another reason is it has issues with matching prime universe canon. Issues the creators claim will be explained during the 2nd season, which is due to be released in 2019. It is simply easier to act like it doesn't exist for now. Which is pretty much how I dealt with ENT when it was airing. Over time I've included a number of references to ENT since I'm comfortable where it sits in canon and how it relates to the stories I want to tell. We'll see what happens in the future as to if I integrate DIS in the same way.

As for licensed products (novels, games, comics) I don’t count any of them as part of my continuity. However, I do pick bits out that I like and drop them into my continuity. I did at one stage plan to include the DS9 relaunch, but I no longer plan to attempt to be consistent with it or the wider current novel continuity. The reason is simply that I don't like some of the things the novelverse has done further along the timeline. I don't want to be hemmed in by the path the novels have gone down in the future.

The closest I have to other material being part of my continuity is my use of the RPG netbooks by Steven Long. Given SWF was so focused on the Dominion War the Dominion War Sourcebook was just about perfect for me. A lot of the military structure I use is from the DWS and there is a bunch of stuff (events, characters, ships, and technology) that I would like to include. His Ship Recognitions Manuals are also packed with interesting ships from a range of empires and in particular expanded out the non-Federation fleets. They really helped flesh out SWF and will probably do the same for TFS.

On ships I should mention the Sins of A Solar Empire mod: Star Trek Armada III. It is a fantastic mod for one of my favourite games. I've decided to show my appreciation for it by including the ships from it into my fanfic. The ships are a mix of non-canon designs from other Trek games and fan-created designs. This coupled with the Steven Long Ship Recognition Manuals gives me a fantastic catalogue of vessels to populate my fanfic universe with.

My involvement with the Star Trek: Unity collaborative work has created questions in the past as to how my series connects to those involved. Short answer is outside of the events of Unity they aren't connected at all. Events in the other series or their interpretation of canon aren't part of TFS (originally SWF) continuity, much like they wouldn't count what happens in SWF as necessarily occurring in their fanfic universes. Anyway, currently the 2 Unity stories are labelled as being in an alternate universe to keep them separate from whatever I do as I build TFS continuity.

The best way to see what I include in my continuity is to visit the Star Trek: The Farthest Star wiki. It is focused on my continuity so it is pretty much just relevant information from my fanfic. I also try to keep it well sourced and the references accurate so you can tell what is from canon, from non-canon, and what is specific to TFS.

So that's basically it.  Hope that helps and if it doesn't drop me a line and I'll see if I can help.