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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.
  
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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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.
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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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