The Babylon Project

William Edgars was a human industrialist, one of the wealthiest people in the Earth Alliance and the founder of Edgars Industries. He was married to Lise Hampton.[1]

No pictures of him had ever been published and he had an extreme distrust of telepaths, even going so far as to force Michael Garibaldi to fire Lyta Alexander as his assistant before hiring him for a special job.[2] By his own secret admission, he, along with several other wealthy and powerful individuals, were in fact the "real leaders" in control of the Earth Alliance, operating as a kind of shadow council. Additionally, his feelings towards the Clark regime were essentially neutral. He agreed that, while Clark and his associates were a problem, they would be removed in a few years through the natural political process, and that he as a wealthy and influential person would not be adversely effected. He also hinted that he and his wealthy friends would have a hand in choosing the next administration.[3]

When Edgars, he hires Garibaldi for a permanent position, he and his assistant Wade reveal to Garibaldi that they have genetically engineered a virus that attacks only telepaths. Due to their distrust and apparent risk of telepaths gaining control over the Earth Alliance, a means of preventing it had to be developed. The virus would infect and kill those carrying the telepathic gene unless they received regular injections of an antidote developed by Edgars Industries. Unknown to both Edgars, Garibaldi was a programmed sleeper agent for Alfred Bester and the Psi Corps, who subsequently relayed this information. Soon afterwards, Edgars was killed at his Mars home by agents of the Psi Corps, and both the virus and cure he had developed were stolen.[4]