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The Genesis Wave is a Pocket TNG novel series, written by John Vornholt, and published by Pocket Books between 2000 and 2004.

The first three books center around the Federation response to the titular event, while the fourth revolves around a task force created to deal with the fallout from the first three.


For decades, the Federation has suppressed knowledge of the Genesis Device, going so far as to confine Dr. Carol Marcus on an otherwise uninhabited planet under heavy guard, and bury her life's work.

The secret is out, however, and an unknown aggressor has kidnapped Dr. Marcus and tricked her into adapting her research into a beamed delivery system which they have deployed against inhabited worlds, resulting in the deaths of millions, and the displacement of entire races.

With entire solar systems being threatened by the wave, the Federation must find some way to halt the devastation, but old secrets are revealed and old wounds reopened, and Carol Marcus is not the only survivor of the project: An old enemy has been roused, and has vowed to rid the galaxy of the last person with first-hand knowledge of Genesis.


  1. The Genesis Wave, Book One
  2. The Genesis Wave, Book Two
  3. The Genesis Wave, Book Three
  4. Genesis Force

Background information[]

  • The concept for The Genesis Wave was devised by Pocket editor John Ordover. Author John Vornholt noted that "we wanted the same feeling of whole planets falling like dominoes, one after another. This was to be the ultimate disaster story, with the future of the galaxy really at stake." (Voyages of Imagination, p. 220)
  • The series was originally intended to be a duology, but as the story developed, Vornholt found that "So much was going on in so many different places that I had plenty to tell, leading to an additional two novels in the series. (Voyages of Imagination, p. 220)