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"Assignment: One" was a Star Trek: The Original Series short story by Kevin Lauderdale. It appeared in Strange New Worlds 8, the eighth edition of the Strange New Worlds anthology series which was published by Pocket Books in 2005.


From his office in New York City, Gary Seven prepares for his next assignment: surreptitiously saving the life of one man from the September 11 World Trade Center terrorist attacks. His target, Shaun Geoffrey Christopher, is one of several special people he's been ordered to protect by the Aegis. Christopher is currently in Boston attending a conference, but will soon board a doomed flight if he isn't stopped. Seven transports to Christopher's hotel in Boston early in the morning, but is too late: Christopher had departed extra early to avoid construction traffic.

Seven transports to the airport and introduces himself to Christopher as a colonel from NASA. Seven knocks out Christopher with a servo, ensuring that he will sleep past his 7:49 a.m. departure. When Christopher awakes two hours later, his wife Debbie Lauderdale is calling him on his cell phone in a panic. Christopher catches sight of CNN news reports of planes having crashed into the towers of the World Trade Center. He reassures his wife that he is safe at the airport.



Shaun Geoffrey ChristopherGamma-3 computerDebbie LauderdaleGary Seven
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BarqueroJohn ChristopherKatie ChristopherTom ClancyIsisRoberta LincolnJackson RoykirkAgent 201Agent 347

Starships and vehicles

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F-117 NighthawkSR-71 Blackbird


Earth (BostonManhattanMojaveNew York City)
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Earth (ColoradoEdwards Air Force BaseHiroshimaLos AngelesPearl HarborTokyoWashington, DC) • SaturnVulcan

Races and cultures

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States and organizations

AegisAmbassadors ClubFAAFBINASAUnited States Air ForceUnited States Air Force AcademyUnited States Congress

Science and technology

cell phonehologramlaptop computermetal detectormicrogravity materials sciencerobotservotelevisiontransporterwormholeX-ray

Ranks and titles

astronautcolonelhijackerlieutenant colonelscientistsupervisor

Other references

19451968September 11, 2001airportbankBoston Logan International AirportcityCNNconferenceidentification cardEast Sixty-Eighth StreetEbolaEmpire State BuildingEugenics Warsgovernmenthotelnovelnuclear warorbitplanetpretzelWorld Trade CenterWorld War IIIY2K


Related media


  • The story cited an apparent death for Gary Seven's partner Isis a few years prior to 2001. However, she was seen alive after 2001. In particular, she and an aged Seven rendezvoused with Captain James T. Kirk in the 2260s in TOS - New Visions comic: "1971/4860.2". For Kirk the meeting was two weeks later. Seven claimed that for him it was 200 years later, although time travel may have played a role in both Seven's and Isis's personal timelines.
  • Seven's hair had gotten whiter at the time of this story, and he expected his tour of duty on Earth to end prior to the coming nuclear holocaust.
  • Roberta was noted as having retired as an agent in 2000 at the age of 52.
  • Christopher recalled the historic 1945 plane crash into the Empire State Building.
  • When Christopher considered that aircraft should be launched to control New York air space in response to the attacks, a F-117A was cited. However, the author may have been thinking about the F-117A video game. In reality, the F-117 stealth fighter has no A variant. (F-117 (disambiguation) article at Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.)


Media featuring Gary Seven
Episode Assignment: Earth
Miniseries The PeacekeeperConvergenceThe Eugenics WarsAssignment: Earth
Novels Assignment: EternityThe Rise and Fall of Khan Noonien Singh, Volume 1The Rise and Fall of Khan Noonien Singh, Volume 2From History's ShadowElusive Salvation
Short stories "The Aliens Are Coming!" • "Seven and Seven" • "Assignment: One" • "Rocket Man" • "Time Line"
Comics "The Peacekeeper, Part One" • "The Peacekeeper, Part Two" • "Split Infinities" • "Future Imperiled" • "Brighter Than a Thousand Suns" • "Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow" • "My Name Is Legion" • "We Have Met the Enemy..." • "Too Many Presidents" • "Ah-Ha!" • "Medics" • "Hosts" • "1971/4860.2" • "An Unexpected Yesterday" • "Year Five, Issue 11" • "Year Five, Issue 12" • "Year Five, Issue 15" • "Year Five, Issue 16" • "Year Five, Issue 17" • "Year Five, Issue 21" • "Year Five, Issue 22"


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