Posted 25 October 2012 - 12:22 PM
Read Greg Cox's "Eugenics Wars" trilogy of books. According to those, Chekov's Klingon phaser, as well as the Ferengi ship from DS9's "Little Green Men" were reverse engineered at Area 51 (a scifi writer's best friend), and eventually were used to create the experimental ship, "Botany Bay" (re-christened when she was used to deport Khan and company, by no less than Gary Seven and company). I know the books probably sound like they're all over the place, but Cox's meticulous understanding of the Trekverse (past and present) permeates his books, and really makes them work. The Khan books really fill in a lot of missing pieces of that puzzle. Great stuff!