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==Star Trek canon==
 
==Star Trek 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 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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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.
  
Star Trek also has its own novel series. The rules for this are defined by the Pocket Books (the arm of Paramount in charge of the novels) submission guide, 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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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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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 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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==The Canon Debate==
 
==The Canon Debate==

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