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Full Name: Geordi La Forge
Species: Human
Gender: Male
Born: February 15, 2335
Affiliation: Federation Starfleet
Family
Parents: Father: Edward M. La Forge
Mother: Silva La Forge (died, 2370)
Marital Status: Single
Career
Previous Assignment: USS da Vinci (NCC-81623)
Assignment: USS Enterprise (NCC-1701-E)
Rank: Starfleet insignia.
Image:Yel_Cmdr_2373.png

Geordi La Forge was a noted Starfleet officer and engineer who served in the 24th century. He was most famous for serving as chief engineer aboard the USS Enterprise-D and USS Enterprise-E.

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History

Geordi La Forge, the son of Edward M. and Silva La Forge, was born in the African Confederation, Earth on February 16, 2335. He was born completely blind. (TNG episodes: "Encounter at Farpoint", "Conundrum") The blindness was caused by an "incurable optical nerve defect." (TNG video game: The Transinium Challenge)

In 2340, at the age of 5, La Forge was briefly caught in a fire, and unable to escape, due to his blindness. He was rescued by his father, and shortly after was given his first VISOR from Dr. Lenske. (TNG episode: "Hero Worship"; TNG novels: The Romulan Stratagem, Gulliver's Fugitives). Geordi met the designer of his visor Doctor George Tarmud in 2370 during the Universal TechnoFair that was held on the Enterprise-D (TNG novel: Possession). After receiving his VISOR, Geordi was taught to suppress the pain by a Vulcan Healer. (TNG novel: Debtors' Planet)

Around this time, Geordi visited Cambridge University on a family outing. (TNG novelization: All Good Things...)

Many novels contradict each other regarding Geordi's VISOR. One of them is Spartacus.

In 2343, Geordi was given his first pet, a Circassian cat named Alexi. (TNG episode: "Imaginary Friend"; TNG novel: Q-Zone)

In his early years, Geordi travelled around a lot with his parents, as they were both Starfleet officers. In his formative years he saw many fascinating sights, including the remnants of the Achorii civilization. By the age of 12, in 2347, Geordi was living with his mother aboard a Starfleet science ship. (TNG novels: Requiem, Sins of Commission)

Also in his early years, La Forge had a mentor, Nassa Coleridge. (TNG novel: Doomsday World)

Starfleet Academy

In 2353, Geordi decided to follow in his parent's footsteps and entered Starfleet Academy. (TNG episode: "Conundrum")

Between February 16, 2353 and February 16, 2354, Geordi was taught an archaeology course by his former mentor, Nassa Coleridge. (TNG novel: Doomsday World)

In his final year at the Academy, Geordi spent five-months rewriting a dissertation for Dr. Zorka, after Zorka initially rejected it. Geordi struggled throught the class and eventually passed. (TNG novel: Balance of Power)

Early Starfleet Career

Ensign La Forge graduated from the Academy in 2357 and was assigned as conn officer aboard the USS Victory under the command of Captain Zimbata. (ST video game: Star Trek: Starship Creator; TNG episode: "Elementary, Dear Data")

In 2363 (Stardate 40164.7), the Victory was conducting a survey of Tarchannen III, to determine the whereabouts of 49 missing Starfleet personnel assigned to the planet. An away team, commanded by Lieutenant Susanna Leijten, failed to locate the personnel, and the Victory left the planet. (TNG episode: "Identity Crisis")

During a stopover at Starbase 324, the Victory underwent an inspection by Captain Jean-Luc Picard, then the head of Starfleet Tactical's Long-range Threat Assessment and Response Division. While being shuttled back to the starbase by Ensign La Forge, Picard made an offhand comment about a minor power inefficiency in the shuttle. La Forge took it upon himself to spend the enire night refitting the shuttle's fusion initiators, finally not only eliminating the inefficiency but obtaining an efficiency rating slightly above that rated for the shuttle.

Shortly after, Geordi transferred to the USS Hood, under the command of Captain Robert DeSoto. During his year aboard the Hood, he became close friends with first officer William T. Riker. (TNG novelization: Encounter at Farpoint)

Aboard the Enterprise-D

Geordi as Chief Engineer of the Enterprise-D in 2367.

In 2364, La Forge transferred to the Enterprise-D along with Commander Riker, to serve as conn officer under Captain Jean-Luc Picard. He spent his first year aboard the Enterprise in the position of navigator (at the rank of Lieutenant J.G.), before transferring to engineering and becoming the ship's new chief engineer with the rank of full Lieutenant. (TNG episode: "The Child", TNG video game: The Transinium Challenge)

In late-2365, the Enterprise responded to a distress call from the Pakled freighter, Mondor. La Forge beamed aboard to assist them with repairs, when he was taken hostage and held for ransom, until he upgraded their systems and provided them with hand phasers and photon torpedoes. La Forge managed to engineer his escape by bluffing the Pakleds, with help from the Enterprise. (TNG episode: "Samaritan Snare")

In early-2369 Geordi, Worf and Ro Laren took the shuttlecraft Goddard to receive Starfleet briefings. On their return journey the shuttle was forced to drop out of warp due to solar flare activity and crash landed on the planet Riat. On the planet the solar flare activity also interfered with Geardi's VISOR from time to time. The shuttle damaged beyond immediate repair and the planet inhospitably cold the away team sought shelter in a nearby Dracon monastery. Unfortunately the order of monks in the monastery had become violent and cannibalistic due to radiation from the solar flares causing a mutation in an algae in their water supply. The team were forced to fight the monks off several times before another shuttle from the Enterprise arrived to rescue them. (TNG comic: "Light of the Day")

Aboard the Enterprise-E

Following the destruction of the Enterprise-D at Veridian III, La Forge was assigned as chief engineer of the Sovereign-class Enterprise-E. By 2373 La Forge had replaced his VISOR with full spectrum synthetic eyes.

When the Enterprise was transported back to the year 2063, La Forge was instrumental in helping to repair the Borg-inflicted damage to Earth's first warp ship, Phoenix, and in convincing Zefram Cochrane to complete his historic flight. (TNG movies: Star Trek: Generations, Star Trek: First Contact)

Early in 2374, Geordi accompanied Captain Picard and Ro Laren on a secret mission into Cardassian territory to destroy an artificial wormhole being built by the Dominion. (TNG novels: Behind Enemy Lines, Tunnel Through the Stars)

In 2375, La Forge took advantage of the Ba'ku planet's rejuvinating properties. Having never seen a rainbow or sunset, he watches the sun rise with Picard, on the surface. (TNG episode: "The Naked Now", TNG movie: Star Trek: Insurrection)

In 2379 he commanded the Piper team mission to infiltrate the nadion-pulse cannon firebase located on the summit of Mount Ranakar on Tezwa. (TNG novel: A Time to Kill)

Later that year, after Riker accepted command of the USS Titan, La Forge was offered the position of first officer of that ship. La Forge declined the offer. (TNG novel: A Time for War, A Time for Peace)

During the same year, Geordi was also partially assimilated by a Borg tachyon pulse from the future; ironically, only his existing cybernetic implantation allowed him to survive the process. Using the access that this gave him to Borg hive mind, he was instrumental in defeating the collective's plans to "assimilate the past." (TNG comic: "Alien Spotlight: Borg")

In 2380, Geordi was briefly away from the Enterprise and Reginald Barclay served as interim chief engineer. (ST video game: Elite Force II)

In early 2381, Geordi received a promotion to Commander sometime prior to the beginnings of the Borg Collective's invasion. The Enterprise became heavily involved in a number of stellar battles, as the only ship equipped with transphasic torpedoes. With the Starfleet Command admirality unwilling to risk overuse of the torpedoes, second officer Miranda Kadohata summoned Geordi, Commander Beverly Crusher, and deputy security chief Rennan Konya to a midnight planning and brainstorming session. La Forge had previously developed a nanobot sabotage, but reports indicated the Borg already had obtained a sample. Although La Forge's and Crusher's previous technological and biological weapons against the Borg were adapted to, the quartet worked on applying the technology from the transphasic torpedoes to their shields and other weapons, but the phasers weren't designed to handle the load.

La Forge was the one to detect traces of sirillium on hull fragments from the Borg cube destroyed at Korvat. Although Tellarites and Andorians used to arm their torpedoes with sirillium, it seemed far too primitive a weapon; additionally, the traces were only found on the hull and not any of the weapon systems. La Forge postulated that the vessel picked it up during their transit, and determined that the only locations with sufficient concentrations of the element were the Rolor Nebula and the Azure Nebula, with the former being too far away from their current location.

Crusher was the only one to witness the effects the Borg invasion was having on her husband, who claimed that their war with the Borg would not end without one side being completely obliterated. Crusher became worried at Picard's obsession with eradicating the Borg, including advocating otherwise banned strategies, and sought the council of La Forge. Unable to realize where the line between the Captain's personalities, they feared they would not realize which Picard was in charge until it was too late. (ST - Destiny novel: Gods of Night)

After the Enterprise was joined by the USS Aventine in the Azure Nebula, La Forge worked with Aventine chief engineer Mikaela Leishman to interface their sensor grids; La Forge miffed Miranda Kadohata with suggestions from Leishman on how to free up additional computing power to gain the necessary four megaquads. After the discovery of the subspace tunnels within the nebula and the inability to disrupt or destroy them, La Forge again worked with Leishman to upgrade the Aventine for safe passage, during which the two flirted. Captain Picard insisted La Forge was not working quick enough to repair the Enterprise, but was able to get the ship in shape to make their own passages. After one particular tunnel that placed both vessels near the Carina Arm where they came under attack by Hirogen forces, La Forge needed to take their main reactors offline for repairs. (ST - Destiny novel: Mere Mortals)

Later during the Borg invasion, he was instrumental in convincing Captain Picard not to use thalaron-based weapons, even refusing a direct order. (ST - Destiny novel: Lost Souls)

In 2385, La Forge takes a "long-term leave of absence" from Starfleet. He starts this period by working with the Soong Foundation in studying the android known as B-4. La Forge also takes the leave of absence in order to work on starship design builds and testing. (ST website: The Path to 2409)

At some point between Generations and First Contact, La Forge had his VISOR replaced with artificial ocular implants. The story behind this change will be told in the upcoming eBook miniseries Slings and Arrows.

After Starfleet

At some point between 2385 and 2387, Geordi La Forge retired from Starfleet and continued starship design as a private citizen. One of the ships he invented was the Jellyfish, whose unique design allowed it to be used by Spock in order to contain the Hobus supernova (TOS/TNG Comic: Countdown, Number Three) .

Alternate Timeline

Only months before the anti-time anomally incident, an unrelated event resulted in La Forge's death. The Lieutenant Worf of one "main" universe was unfamiliar with the tactical station of an alternate reality's Enterprise-D; the ship was unshielded during a Cardassian attack and La Forge died of his injuries. (TNG episode: "Parallels")

In an alternate reality created by Q, Geordi La Forge last served with the crew of the Enterprise around 2370. Eventually, he left Starfleet, like Captain Picard before him. He married Leah, and the couple had three children: Bret, Alandra, and Sidney. Geordi retired to Rigel III, and became a novelist; one of his novels featured a protagonist named Patrick. He saw Picard in 2387; the next time the two met was in 2395, when Geordi visited Picard on Earth after hearing of his former captain's case of Irumodic syndrome. He traveled with Picard and several of his other former Enterprise crewmates to the Devron system, to locate and repair an anti-time anomaly. (TNG novelization: All Good Things...)

In another alternate timeline, Geordi La Forge continued to serve upon the Enterprise-D into 2378. He had been promoted to Commander and had been named Executive Officer following Will Riker's acceptance of command of the USS Excalibur. (TNG short story: "Brave New World")

In 2390, a possible "Captain La Forge" of the USS Challenger pursues Chakotay and Harry Kim, intent on changing their timeline. The attempt to stop the former USS Voyager officers was unsuccessful, leading to a new reality where the Voyager was not destroyed. (VOY episode: "Timeless")

Connections

USS Victory (NCC-9754) personnel
Emblem of the United Federation of Planets A. Brevelle • T. Cadwallader • P. Hickman • G. La ForgeS. Liejten • E. Mendez • M. Zimbata Seal of the Federation Starfleet
USS Hood personnel
USS Hood (NCC-1703) Ankee • J. Banks • G. Barton • K. Chin • L. CraigK. Dodge • D'Uberville • EllisKyle • J. Martinez • Morax • S. M'Ress • Oxley • A. Paultic • H. RevereM. Rousseau • Simmons • Stuart • Tavi • G. Vedra • Umba • P. Yudrin Seal of the Federation Starfleet.
USS Hood (NCC-42296) Abrams • Brian • Buonfiglio • Consuela • T. CzierniewskiM. DayritR. DeSoto • R. Green • E. HayatB. HsuJ. KojimaG. La ForgeLedBetter • Flad Orzon • W.T. RikerTuvokD. VoyskunskyL. Weiss
USS Excalibur personnel
USS Excalibur (2240s) R. Bannock Seal of the Federation Starfleet.
USS Excalibur (NCC-1664) T. Haleakala-LoBruttoHarrisJ.T. Kirk • H. Ogden • ThonenM. Walsh
USS Excalibur II Preye
USS Excalibur (NCC-26517) Argyle • R. Beth • BoyajianBurgoyne 172M. Calhoun • M. Christiano • HowardM. Gold • Hecht • M. Houle • JanosZ. KebronM. KorsmoKothari • K. Kurdziel • G. La ForgeR. LeflerLoweMartins • Maxwell • M. McHenryMeyerC. MitchellMorgen • W. Morrison • K. MuellerRamirezW.T. Riker • Scannel • SelarShastakovichE.P. ShelbySoletaR. Takahashi • Torelli • T'ShanikD. Voyskunsky • P. Watson • M. Wilkarah • Yates
USS Excalibur (NCC-26517-A) Burgoyne 172M. CalhounCandidoDreyfussJanosZ. KebronR. LeflerM. McHenrySelarE.P. ShelbySoletaT. TobiasXy
USS Enterprise (NCC-1701-D) engineering personnel
Emblem of the United Federation of Planets ArgyleBarclayBartelBlakeBrackenBrunerCarpelliDanilovaDella GuardiaDernDuffyEddiesFarrellGomezLa ForgeLoganLynchMacDougalShipleySutterT'LotaVarleyZelenetsky Seal of the Federation Starfleet
see also: medical personnelpilots & flight control personneloperations personnelsecurity & tactical personnelsciences personnelsenior staffunnamed
USS Enterprise (NCC-1701-D) senior staff
commanding officers: J. PicardW. RikerE. Jellico first officers: W. RikerKurnQ. StoneE. ShelbyDataWorf second officers: DataWorf Seal of the Federation Starfleet.
operations managers: DataWorf chief medical officers: B. CrusherK. Pulaski ship's counselors: D. Troi
chief engineers: S. MacDougalArgyleC. LoganL. LynchG. La Forge security chiefs: N. YarWorf flight controllers: W. CrusherRo L.S. Rager
see also: engineering personnelmedical personneloperations personnelpilots & flight control personnelsecurity & tactical personnelsciences personnelunnamed personnel
USS Enterprise NCC-1701-E engineering personnel
chief engineer M. ScottG. La Forge Seal of the Federation Starfleet.
other engineering personnel Achen • H. Adislo • R. BarclayM. BarnesChellR. DanilovaDeCandidoI. EigerGallivanJ. GoodnoughM. GranadosHeatonL'SenLinderMobeMorelloNewaurM. ObrechtRaoP. PorterPorterSakrystaScholzE. SpitaleTaurikT'EamaK. TierneyVeldonWathiongoWolfe
see also: Senior staff • Engineering • Flight Control • Medical and Counseling • Operations • Science • Security • Misc. • Unnamed
USS Enterprise (NCC-1701-E) senior staff
commanding officers: M. BatesonJ. PicardW. RikerData first officers: W. RikerDataWorf second officers: G. BushDataM. Kadohata Seal of the Federation Starfleet.
operations managers: DataM. Kadohata chief medical officers: B. CrusherStevenson ship's counselors: D. TroiT'LanaHegol D.
chief engineers: M. ScottG. La Forge security chiefs: L. AddisonP. DanielsRowanB. LeyoroR. McAdamsC. ValeS. NaveL. BattagliaZ. LeybenzonJ. Choudhury flight controllers: S. HawkS. Nave
see also: Senior staff • Engineering • Flight Control • Medical and Counseling • Operations • Science • Security • Misc. • Unnamed
USS Enterprise-F personnel
alternate timeline 2382-2388 Geordi La ForgeTom ParisJean-Luc PicardWilliam T. RikerDeanna Troi Emblem of the United Federation of Planets Seal of the Federation Starfleet
alternate timeline 2408 Blair • Data • Hauman • Lamont • Margolin • Tucker
Chief engineers of the starships Enterprise
Enterprise (NX-01) TuckerKelbyBurch Enterprise assignment patch.
USS Enterprise (NCC-1701) KursleyMarvick • Powell • Fourrier • BarryGraceBurnsteinScott USS Enterprise assignment insignia.
USS Enterprise (NCC-1701) (alternate reality) OlsonScott
USS Enterprise (NCC-1701-A) Scott
USS Enterprise (NCC-1701-B) Buonarroti
USS Enterprise (NCC-1701-C) Kodell
USS Enterprise (NCC-1701-D) MacDougalArgyleLoganLynchLa Forge
USS Enterprise (NCC-1701-E) La Forge
ISS Enterprise (NX-01) Tucker Emblem of the Terran Empire.
ISS Enterprise (NCC-1701) Scott
ISS Enterprise (NCC-1701-D) La Forge

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For the mirror universe counterpart, see Geordi La Forge (mirror).

Geordi La Forge was a 24th century Starfleet officer. He served aboard the USS Enterprise-D from 2364 until her destruction in 2371. Originally the conn officer aboard Enterprise, he was promoted to chief engineer in 2365, a position he would also hold aboard the USS Enterprise-E. Blind from birth, Geordi saw with the aid of a VISOR, and later received ocular implants. Aboard the Enterprise, he was the best friend of the android Data. (TNG: "Encounter at Farpoint", "The Child", "Data's Day", et. al; Star Trek Generations; Star Trek: First Contact)

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Delta Fleet

In 2385, he was promoted to captain and became the commanding officer of the USS Challenger. (Star Trek: Artemis)

Star Trek: Paradigms

Geordi was born and raised on the streets of west Philly. Although he thrived here, growing up in such a rough environment was bad for his grades. So eventually his mother made him leave home to move in with his auntie and uncle in Bel Air and there he managed to find time for studying and eventually went to Starfleet Academy.

In 2420, he was promoted again to chief engineer aboard the USS Enterprise-JFAZW, once again in his favourite position as chief engineer of the Enterprise. Geordi made a point to always carry a gun with him while he was on board.

Alternate timelines

Geordine

In an alternate timeline that Jean-Luc Hyperriker was trapped in, Geordi was a female named "Geordine", still chief engineer aboard the Enterprise, Geordine was fond of dancing.

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