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[[Image:Programming Genesis.jpg|thumb|right|Carol and David programming the device.]]The '''Genesis device''' was a device intended for [[terraforming]] entire planets seen in ''[[Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan]]''.  A dead moon could be transformed into a life-sustaining planet.  The device was developed by Drs. [[Carol Marcus|Carol]] and [[David Marcus]] on board the [[Federation]] [[spacestation]] [[Regula 1]].  They sent a detailed proposal of their intended research project to the Federation to receive the resources they would need for their research, which included the [[starship]] [[USS Reliant]].  The video proposal outlined the benefits to the Federation which included new planets for colonies and agriculture to alleviate the problems of overcrowding and food supply.
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[[Image:Programming Genesis.jpg|thumb|right|Carol and David programming the device.]]The '''Genesis device''' -- seen in ''[[Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan]]'' -- was invented for [[terraforming]] entire planets.  A dead moon could be transformed into a life-sustaining planet.  A team of scientists lead by  by Drs. [[Carol Marcus|Carol]] and [[David Marcus]] developed the device on board the [[Federation]] [[space station]] [[Regula 1]].  They sent a detailed proposal of their intended research project to the Federation to receive the resources they would need for their research, which included the [[starship]] ''[[USS Reliant]]''.  The video proposal outlined the benefits to the Federation, which included new planets for colonies and agriculture to alleviate the problems of overcrowding and food supply.
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[[Image:Genesis effect simulation.jpg|thumb|right|Computer simulation of the Genesis effect]]
  
 
== Promising development ==
 
== Promising development ==
 
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The project was to proceed in three stages.  Stage one was conducted in a lab.  Stage two was conducted in a lifeless underground cavern.  ''Reliant'' searched for a lifeless planet for stage three while the scientists put the finishing touches on their research and development.  Unfortunately, ''Reliant'' got its planets mixed up and was hijacked by [[Khan Noonien Singh|Khan]].
[[Image:Genesis effect simulation.jpg|thumb|right|Computer simulation of the Genesis effect]]The project was to proceed in three stages.  Stage one was conducted in a lab.  Stage two was conducted in a lifeless underground cavern.  Reliant was to search for a lifeless planet for stage three while the scientists put the finishing touches on their research and development.  Unfortunately, Reliant got its planets mixed up and was hijacked by [[Khan Noonien Singh|Khan]].
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== Dire consequences ==
 
== Dire consequences ==
 
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As with most pieces of miracle technology in fiction, Genesis had a horrible downside.  [[Spock]] speculated that it would destroy any life in the area of its effect.  David confirmed that it could be perverted into a terrible weapon.  Khan learned of the project from a [[mind-control]]led [[Pavel Chekov]] and added stealing the device to his objectives in addition to seeking revenge on Admiral [[James T. Kirk|Kirk]].  The devastating potential of the Genesis project became a subject of great controversy in the quadrant, with the [[Klingon]]s doing everything from launching protests against the project to trying to steal it for themselves in ''[[Star Trek III: The Search for Spock]]''.
As with most pieces of miracle technology in fiction, it has a horrible downside.  [[Spock]] speculates that it would destroy any life in the area of its effect.  David confirms that it could be perverted into a terrible weapon.  Khan learned of the project from a mind-controlled [[Pavel Checkov]] and added stealing the device to his objectives in addition to seeking revenge on Admiral [[James T. Kirk|Kirk]].  The devastating potential become a subject of great controversy in the quadrant, with the [[Klingon]]s doing everything from launching protests against the project to trying to steal it for themselves in ''[[Star Trek III: The Search for Spock]]''.
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== Revenge and new birth ==
 
== Revenge and new birth ==
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[[Image:Genesis torpedo buildup.jpg|thumb|right|The Genesis torpedo building up power to detonation]]Khan eventually stole the device.  After a second battle with Kirk, where ''Reliant'' was severely damaged, Khan activated the device, hoping to take Kirk down with him.
  
[[Image:Genesis torpedo buildup.jpg|thumb|right|The Genesis torpedo building up power to detonation]]Khan eventually steals the device.  After a second battle with Kirk, where Reliant was severely damaged, Khan activated the device, hoping to take Kirk down with him.
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[[Image:Genesis planet.jpg|thumb|right|The Genesis Planet]]The device detonated inside the [[Mutara nebula]], destroying the ''Reliant''.  The device formed a new planet, named "Genesis", and the system was subsequently quarantined because of the previously mentioned controversy.  The planet did not exist long, however, as David Marcus used [[proto-matter]] in the matrix in order to solve unspecified problems with the mechanism.  The use of unstable proto-matter in the matrix resulted in an unstable planet which soon self-destructed.  David Marcus was killed by the Klingons trying to steal the secrets of the device, and the knowledge behind the technology was lost as a result.
 
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[[Image:Genesis planet.jpg|thumb|right|The Genesis Planet]]The device detonates inside the [[Mutara nebula]], destroying the Reliant.  The device forms a new planet, named "Genesis" and the system is subsequently quarantined because of the previously mentioned controversy.  However, the planet proves unstable and eventually destroys itself.  David Marcus is killed by the Klingons trying to steal the secrets of the device and the knowledge behind the technology is lost as a result.
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== In the versus debate ==
 
== In the versus debate ==
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Trekkies see this device as an ultimate weapon in the Trek universe. In their eyes it could destroy entire fleets of enemy starships.  Some have gone so far as to calculate exorbitant energy figures for the collapse of the nebula into a planet.  These calculations are completely backwards as the collapse of matter into a planet is a net-negative energy event.
  
Trekkies see this device as an ultimate weapon in the Trek universe.  In their eyes it could destroy entire fleets of enemy starships.  Some have gone so far as to calculate exorbitant energy figures for the collapse of the nebula into a planet.  These calculations are completely backwards as the collapse of matter into a planet is a net negative energy event.
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Exactly how effective is really a moot point considering that the research destroyed all of the data from the project, and most of the team was killed by Khan.
  
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Revision as of 09:27, 24 April 2010

Carol and David programming the device.
The Genesis device -- seen in Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan -- was invented for terraforming entire planets. A dead moon could be transformed into a life-sustaining planet. A team of scientists lead by by Drs. Carol and David Marcus developed the device on board the Federation space station Regula 1. They sent a detailed proposal of their intended research project to the Federation to receive the resources they would need for their research, which included the starship USS Reliant. The video proposal outlined the benefits to the Federation, which included new planets for colonies and agriculture to alleviate the problems of overcrowding and food supply.
Computer simulation of the Genesis effect

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Promising development

The project was to proceed in three stages. Stage one was conducted in a lab. Stage two was conducted in a lifeless underground cavern. Reliant searched for a lifeless planet for stage three while the scientists put the finishing touches on their research and development. Unfortunately, Reliant got its planets mixed up and was hijacked by Khan.

Dire consequences

As with most pieces of miracle technology in fiction, Genesis had a horrible downside. Spock speculated that it would destroy any life in the area of its effect. David confirmed that it could be perverted into a terrible weapon. Khan learned of the project from a mind-controlled Pavel Chekov and added stealing the device to his objectives in addition to seeking revenge on Admiral Kirk. The devastating potential of the Genesis project became a subject of great controversy in the quadrant, with the Klingons doing everything from launching protests against the project to trying to steal it for themselves in Star Trek III: The Search for Spock.

Revenge and new birth

The Genesis torpedo building up power to detonation
Khan eventually stole the device. After a second battle with Kirk, where Reliant was severely damaged, Khan activated the device, hoping to take Kirk down with him.
The Genesis Planet
The device detonated inside the Mutara nebula, destroying the Reliant. The device formed a new planet, named "Genesis", and the system was subsequently quarantined because of the previously mentioned controversy. The planet did not exist long, however, as David Marcus used proto-matter in the matrix in order to solve unspecified problems with the mechanism. The use of unstable proto-matter in the matrix resulted in an unstable planet which soon self-destructed. David Marcus was killed by the Klingons trying to steal the secrets of the device, and the knowledge behind the technology was lost as a result.

In the versus debate

Trekkies see this device as an ultimate weapon in the Trek universe. In their eyes it could destroy entire fleets of enemy starships. Some have gone so far as to calculate exorbitant energy figures for the collapse of the nebula into a planet. These calculations are completely backwards as the collapse of matter into a planet is a net-negative energy event.

Exactly how effective is really a moot point considering that the research destroyed all of the data from the project, and most of the team was killed by Khan.

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