The Enterprise is on a mission to warn the human colony of an artificial paradisiac biosphere on planet Moab 4's southern colony of the approach of a massive stellar fragment, which will impact with seismic force causing a tectonic disaster. However its competent, considerate leader Aaron Conor refuses to evacuate, confident their biosphere can withstand earthquakes. He does allow a small Enterprise party to visit their society, which they believe far superior after eight generations of selective breeding which nearly eliminated the remaining human risk factors. Despite their rigid rule never to leave, scientist Hannah Bates is allowed to come aboard to work out a method to deflect the approaching fragment jointly with Geordi, who as blind man would not even have been born in their society, by a tractor beam and updates to the biosphere itself. Picard disapproves of genetic 'predisposition' on principle, Troi becomes platonic intimate with Conor, who would be prepared to accept her ... Written by
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The idea for this story passed through six writers altogether. They couldn't figure out how to define a genetically engineered society. See more
When Troi is shown playing a piano with Aaron Conner, the notes heard do not match her hand movements. See more
I know what Hannah Bates is feeling. I've been feeling it as well. I've found your people intriguing, and stimulating, as she has. I've been every bit as curious about you as the next man. But I am not the next man. I am the leader of these people, and every genetic fiber of my being demands that I protect them. And instead, I have betrayed them. I have allowed this to happen.
Fourth Prelude in E Minor.
Written by Frédéric Chopin See more