I read my first Star Trek book back in the 80s, when I hadn’t seen the show and didn’t know all that much about it. Diane Duane’s The Wounded Sky struck me as excellent speculative fiction with a few somewhat familiar names in it. Years later (about 1996–2006) I copy-edited a dozen or so Trek novels for Pocket Books (along with nonfiction books about the franchise). They were enjoyable, much more so than Vince Flynn and other works set in the alternate universe where torture works, which I read because I was paid to.
I am glad that the series has continued to thrive without me.