Gene Roddenberry created both Star Trek and Andromeda (or the idea for Andromeda, anyways).

Being that Andromeda is set thousands of years in the future, while Star Trek is hundreds of years, is Andromeda the continuation of the story of Star Trek? Are the two canons related?

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    I read this as "...are they contagious?" and I was going to answer "Of course they are, if you're on this website, you've been infected already..." lol – OghmaOsiris Nov 3 '11 at 13:38
  • Why the down vote? – Chad Levy Dec 26 '13 at 4:47


There are two events where both the CY (Commonwealth Year) and the Earth year are known: the year that Nietzsche published Thus Spake Zarathustra (6811 CY, published in four parts between 1883 and 1885) and the year that The Bell X-1 broke the sound barrier (6869 CY, 1947).

We know that Earth joined the Systems Commonwealth in 7085 CY, which is therefore something like 2155 in our calendar - i.e. it's really only about 150 years in our future (around the time of the final season of Enterprise, i.e. the founding of the Federation - this is presumably a coincidence). It is thousands of years old by this point, but without humanity (and then it continues for a long time again before Dylan Hunt comes along).

We also see events far in the future in Star Trek, e.g. we know that the ship from the Enterprise episode Future Tense was commissioned in 3040. This doesn't match with events from the Andromeda universe at all.

As far as I know, we never see any of the Star Trek races in Andromeda, nor do we see any of the Andromeda races in Star Trek either (excepting humanity, of course). The technology is also quite different.


From what I understand, ANDROMEDA was originally intended to be a TREK series, set after the fall of the Federation.

The Andromeda Ascendant would have been another in the line of Enterprises, the Vulcans and Klingons were replaced with Vedrans and Nietzscheans, or something like that.

I always wished that this had been the show we got, we always heard about how great the Commonwealth was, but we never got to see it. By setting the story in the Trek-verse, it would have raised the stakes considerably.

After Roddenberry died, they took a bunch of story ideas he had and re-worked them. Earth: Final conflict was the other that made it on the air. Funny thing is, ANDROMEDA was originally going to be titled PHOENIX RISING, and ANDROMEDA was the title for another Roddenberry show. For some reason they either swapped titles or combined the show ideas.

Also, this wasn't the first time Roddenberry had a character named Dylan Hunt. The first was in a show called Genesis II http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Genesis_II_(film)

"In the 1973 made-for-TV film Genesis II, which introduced the character and was intended as a pilot for a potential series, Hunt was played by Alex Cord. Hunt was a NASA scientist who became trapped in suspended animation in 1979, only to awaken 154 years later"

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    Do you have any sources for your claim of the intended link between Andromeda and the Star Trek universe? – Beofett Dec 24 '13 at 17:32
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    @Beofett TVTropes says this, which I've read somewhere else as well: The show has its origins in a combination of two separate Roddenberry story ideas from the 1970s, one about a sentient starship and a second about a man from the past trying to piece the remnants of civilization back together after it has crumbled. - Neither there nor where I remember it before is Star Trek mentioned. And I can't seem find reference for the "two ideas" thing either, actually. – Izkata Dec 24 '13 at 20:38

No. They aren't. Different races. Different technology. I also heard the two pilots turned to one series theory. There have been several TV films (2 or 3) that each use a character named Dylan Hunt who ends up in a post-apocalyptic future. However, those are always set on earth. I think Andromeda took that story idea and combined it with another pilot about a starship (similar to Trek, but probably not related) and so the story became about a starship captain stranded in a post-apocalyptic galaxy. Actually most of the nuts and bolts were developed by DS9 writing alumni Robert Hewitt Wolfe. I don't know if races like the Nietzscheans or the Magog were Roddenberry's idea or Wolfe's. All I know is, that when Wolfe was essentially replaced with Sorbo, a whole 'nother mindset hit the show.

  • Can you provide any sources to support your answer? – Edlothiad Mar 22 '17 at 21:40

They use quantum slipstream so their physics match Star trek. Warp theory is outdated. Its almost more like what the Milky Way with Star Wars level of advancement.

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    Hi, welcome to SF&F. Just because similar pseudo-physics is used for star travel in both, it doesn't mean the shows exist in the same fictional universe. You need to show that the fictional universes are more than just compatible, that they actually contain some points of commonality. – DavidW Jun 24 '19 at 16:46

It could be that they are related if you think of an alternate reality, similar to "The Mirror Universe" from the Original Star Trek Series and when The Next Generation did it similar but differant. It is really hard to say or sure what Gene had in mind for Andromeda, weather it was intended to have any realation to Star Trek, but if I had my guess about it I would say that he did intend on them to be related. They're similarities between the two are strikingly close. So speaking for my own opinion I have to say Yes...

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    Answers should generally be based on canonical facts and not opinions. – HDE 226868 Feb 4 '15 at 1:21
  • What similarities would they be? – Lightness Races with Monica Feb 4 '15 at 16:43

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