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Memory Alpha's "Novels" article has the following statement.

It should be noted that certain publications written by creators of Star Trek's various series are sometimes referenced in later episodes of those series. Somewhat paradoxically, the novels themselves remain apocryphal in such cases, while whatever information was mentioned on-screen becomes canon.

What events, things, or characters first introduced in a publication were later referenced in any of the TV series? (I guess "publication" includes anything written down, like comics.)

This excludes any pre-screen treatments, such as the Star Trek Phase II documents. Since it's Wikia and unsourced it may not be entirely accurate. So "none" could be a valid answer.

  • Don't forget comic books. There have beenTrek comics since the 1970s. – Zeiss Ikon Oct 29 '18 at 16:22
  • Yes there are a lot of those and they would count too especially if authored by TV series creators. – Z. Cochrane Oct 29 '18 at 16:28
  • Exactly. Probably more inclusions from comics than novels, though I haven't read all the novels, by any stretch (traded my collection away in 1987). – Zeiss Ikon Oct 29 '18 at 16:36
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Hikaru Sulu received his first name in The Entropy Effect BY Vonda McIntyre, which was also the first mention of Nyota Uhura, although "Nyota" had apparently been agreed upon as early as the production of TOS, according to Nichele Nichols, but never came up in dialogue or the script.

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