Now, the children of Chrysallis are adults and rapidly demonstrating that superior abilities spawn superior ambition. Perhaps the most formidable of this new breed of supermen is the charismatic Khan Noonien Singh. Head of a vast global conspiracy, Khan's power stretches across a quarter of the planet. Khan dreams of leading his fellow superhumans to complete and total domination of the world.
But serveral of his gene-engineered brothers and sisters have equally grandiose visions for the future, visions that recognize no one but themeselves as supreme ruler. Gary Seven and Roberta watch in horror as the children of Chrysalis wage a covert war against one another, threatening the safety of millions and the future of the entire world! Khan and his supermen wage an all out war on humanity to take control of the entire planet.
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Your input will affect cover photo selection, along with input from other users. They are written mostly in the perspective of the fictional characters Gary Seven and Roberta Lincoln, Gary Seven's partner. Both characters appear in the Star Trek episode " Assignment: Earth ". Greg Cox discusses the novels in an interview contained as one of the DVD extras.
He explains that the passing of the s in reality required a reinterpretation of the Eugenics Wars that were originally said to take place in the same decade. The first volume deals mostly with the Chrysalis Project, which was how Khan Noonien Singh and the rest of the superhumans were created. The genetically engineered "Children of Chrysalis" were mentally and physically superior to ordinary men and women.
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The scientists of Chrysalis desired for their creations to take over Earth. When Gary Seven and Roberta Lincoln begin to learn about this project, Roberta goes undercover as a scientist that wants to join the Chrysalis Project. The members of Chrysalis are convinced that she is who she claims to be, and she is allowed to join.
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Roberta heads out to an underground complex beneath the Thar Desert in India where the project is housed. Once there, Roberta begins to work out a way to stop the project. Roberta and Gary Seven finally decide that they should blow up the nuclear reactor that runs the underground complex.
Of course, being humanitarian, they do not wish anyone to be harmed, so they give all of the scientists plenty of time to leave and Roberta uses Gary's matter transporter to get the children including the then young Khan to safety. The complex is destroyed, along with the project's head and Khan's birth mother, Sarina Kaur, who refused to leave her life's work.
Gary Seven kept tabs on Khan and initially hopes to train Khan as his successor. However, at the end of the book, Khan betrays Gary and Roberta and the hopes that Khan could be Seven's apprentice are completely shattered.
In the second volume, Seven tries to prevent World War Three from breaking out. He has to deal not only with Khan, but with many of the other "Children of Chrysalis," most of whom are now major political figures including an African military strongman, a European dictator, an American leader of a separatist movement, and a religious cult leader. The superhuman men and women begin to battle for power and several of them manage to gain influence. None, however, have more power than Khan.
At first, Khan seems to be building an empire, but, after several assassination attempts by fellow supermen and riots of his people, he begins to lose everything. After Khan feels that he is doomed to be defeated, he begins to power up his Morning Star satellite, which will destroy the ozone layer and kill all life on earth after he dies.
Seven convinces Khan that it would be better to forge a new life elsewhere, using the stolen DY sleeper ship that he and Roberta obtained from Area Khan and a large group of the other superhumans leave on the ship in search of a better life. The novel ends in as Seven leaves Earth for retirement.
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The novels contain a secondary plotline about James T. Kirk going on a top-secret mission to the Paragon Colony on the planet Sycorax, which wishes to become a part of the United Federation of Planets.
The problem is that the planet is inhabited by genetically altered humans. This goes against the current laws of the Federation and, therefore, Starfleet Command has kept the Colony's request secret. McCoy wonders if the members of Starfleet have "lost their paper-pushing minds" in even considering to allow the Colony to join but Spock feels that the Federation could make room for the Paragon Colony. However, it is up to Kirk whether or not to recommend the Colony for Federation membership. After arriving it is discovered that the Klingons have sent a ship of their own in the hopes of getting the Colony to join the Klingon Empire to help them with their own genetics programs.
However, after several incidents, the colonists order the Klingons to leave, but not before a bomb is placed in the Colony and a hole is blown in the dome that protects the city from the harsh conditions of the planet.