Have CBS/Paramount ever cared about the Star Trek novels?
I hope they give us a Rian Johnsonized Picard.
Typically not, but for pretty much all of the TNG/DS9/VOY run there was no concerted effort to have any kind of continuity between them, nor was the writing quality particularly good aside from the odd one here and there. A number of years ago there was a kind of mass reboot of the novels and a number of different writers all worked together to tell post-Nemesis stories involving both new characters and existing characters. The Destiny trilogy satisfactorily (I thought) wrapped up the Borg and was a great crossover spanning Enterpirse to VOY (not every character, nor even every ship, but it takes place throughout that entire span of time), and ultimately a new political pact opposing the Federation emerges once they successfully work out the kinks in Slipstream Warp and began using it on select vessels.
There are actually some surprisingly good stories in the new series of novels... the aforementioned Destiny trilogy (it would make a fantastic 6-8 hour miniseries)... and Persistence of Memory is another standout (it begins back during TNG's "Brothers" episode and goes in some very interesting directions to get to the present, post-Nemesis time). IMO, in the years between the end of the old Prime Universe Trek TV and the start of Discovery, the "Pocketverse" has been the only source of stories that capture both the feel and spirit of the TNG/DS9/VOY/ENT era. Star Trek Online is a little too fanwanky and silly in some of the things it's done, whereas most of the books feel as if you could take them and construct pretty solid episodes or miniseries out of the ideas.
Edited by TM2-Megatron, 05 August 2018 - 01:03 PM.