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==Star Wars canon==
 
==Star Wars canon==
  
There are four main levels of canon within the ''[[Star Wars]]'' universe, which work together to create what is known as the overall continuity of the ''Star Wars'' universe. Material outside the films is referred to as the Expanded Universe, or EU for short.
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There are five main levels of canon within the ''[[Star Wars]]'' universe, which work together to create what is known as the overall continuity of the ''Star Wars'' universe. Material outside the films is referred to as the Expanded Universe, or EU for short.
  
 
;G-Canon
 
;G-Canon
 
:This consists of the six ''Star Wars'' films, and adaptations of them such as novelizations and comics. Nothing is permitted to contradict these in any way, at least not while remaining in the overall continuity.
 
:This consists of the six ''Star Wars'' films, and adaptations of them such as novelizations and comics. Nothing is permitted to contradict these in any way, at least not while remaining in the overall continuity.
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;T-Canon
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:This currently includes the ''[[Star Wars: The Clone Wars]]'' CGI series as well as the proposed live-action TV series (should it ever be put into production) and it is confirmed that this level of canon superseds C-Canon.
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;C-Canon
 
;C-Canon
 
:The vast majority of ''Star Wars'' material, such as novels, short story collections, comics and selected video games. C-Canon material cannot contradict G-Canon material, but it is quite possible for the reverse to happen. In practice though, this is not likely to happen in the future, unless the proposed ''Star Wars'' TV series is designated G-Canon. The ''Incredible Cross-Sections'' book series (which helped spark the current iteration of the continuity debate) falls into this category.
 
:The vast majority of ''Star Wars'' material, such as novels, short story collections, comics and selected video games. C-Canon material cannot contradict G-Canon material, but it is quite possible for the reverse to happen. In practice though, this is not likely to happen in the future, unless the proposed ''Star Wars'' TV series is designated G-Canon. The ''Incredible Cross-Sections'' book series (which helped spark the current iteration of the continuity debate) falls into this category.
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==Star Trek canon==
 
==Star Trek canon==
The creator of Star Trek, [[Gene Roddenberry]] once said that "It isn't Star Trek until I say it's Star Trek." This statement generally isn't taken seriously, however, as it would render all material made since his death in late 1991 non-canon. In practice, only on-screen, live-action material from the ten films and five television series is considered to be canon.
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The creator of Star Trek, [[Gene Roddenberry]] once said that "It isn't Star Trek until I say it's Star Trek." This statement generally isn't taken seriously, however, as it would render all material made since his death in late 1991 non-canon. In practice, only on-screen, live-action material from the ten films and five television series is considered to be canon. The situation regarding the animated series is more nebulous, but in recent years it has generally come to be accepted as part of the Star Trek canon.
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The two Star Trek technical manuals published in the 1990s for ''[[Star Trek: The Next Generation]]'' and ''[[Star Trek: Deep Space Nine]]'' are not considered to be canon despite being written by the show's technical consultants. However, it is generally considered permissible to use material from them in debates so long as it does not contradict anything from live-action material. A technical manual for ''[[Star Trek: The Original Series]]'' was released in the early 1970s, but has long since been considered non-canon, and its material was contradicted even by the TOS movies.
  
Star Trek also has its own novel series. The rules for this are defined in the submission guide for Pocket Books (the arm of Paramount in charge of the novels), which states that continuity with the films and shows must always be respected, and while contradicting other novels is discouraged, it's not actually forbidden.
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Star Trek also has its own novel series. The rules for this are defined in the submission guide for Pocket Books (the arm of Paramount in charge of the novels), which states that continuity with the films and shows must always be respected, and while contradicting other novels is discouraged, it's not explicitly forbidden. Since around 2006 the rules regarding the Star Trek novels have become much stricter, as the novels (and the ''Star Trek Online'' MMORPG) have begun to develop a long-term story arc. Despite this, they are still not considered canon, nor acceptable evidence in debates.
  
 
Some confusion was raised when ''[[Star Trek: Voyager]]'' producer [[Jeri Taylor]] wrote two novels (''[[Mosaic]]'' and ''Pathways'') and declared them to be canon. This was mainly for the purposes of providing background for [[Kathryn Janeway|Captain Janeway]]; the details in the book were not picked up on by other writers, however, and parts of the book were later contradicted outright on the show, firmly establishing the book as non-canon, an establishment strengthened when a statement was released reinforcing the fact that all the Star Trek books are effectively non-canon.
 
Some confusion was raised when ''[[Star Trek: Voyager]]'' producer [[Jeri Taylor]] wrote two novels (''[[Mosaic]]'' and ''Pathways'') and declared them to be canon. This was mainly for the purposes of providing background for [[Kathryn Janeway|Captain Janeway]]; the details in the book were not picked up on by other writers, however, and parts of the book were later contradicted outright on the show, firmly establishing the book as non-canon, an establishment strengthened when a statement was released reinforcing the fact that all the Star Trek books are effectively non-canon.

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