Re: Genesis Question
^I don't think the proto-matter had anything to do with Genesis' being considered a failure. The experiment failed because the planet destroyed itself in a matter of weeks and wasn't suitable for colonization as originally intended. David's decision to use proto-matter was criticized by Saavik because it was a means of cutting corners to finish the project rather than finding another solution.
"He clapped his captain—his friend—on the shoulder. Yes, this man was very much like James Kirk, in all the ways that mattered." --Christopher L. Bennett-- Star Trek: Mere Anarachy, The Darkness Drops Again