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The novelization of "Caretaker" is an adaptation of "Caretaker", written by L.A. Graf. A Pocket VOY novel – #1 in the numbered series – published by Pocket Books, it was first released in February 1995.


From the book jacket
More than any other television show, more than any other motion picture series, Star Trek has for nearly thirty years been the most popular space adventures of all time. Now Star Trek: Voyager joins Star Trek, Star Trek: The Next Generation, and Star Trek: Deep Space Nine as the newest star in the ever expanding Star Trek universe.
Pocket Books is proud to present the novelization of "Caretaker", the premiere episode of Star Trek: Voyager. This is the story of Kathryn Janeway and the crew of the Starship USS Voyager. Transported by the alien technology to the other side of the galaxy, years away from the Federation and everything they call home, their voyage back will be a fantastic odyssey that will take them through uncharted space, into dangers as they travel where no one has gone before.

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Background information[]

  • Kim mentions playing a game of racquetball with a "friendly medical lieutenant" who was likely to have been Julian Bashir.

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Canon characters listed below are linked to the main article about them. Non-canon characters are not linked, but those that recurred, appearing or being mentioned in more than one story, are defined further in Pocket VOY characters.
Kathryn Janeway
Tom Paris
B'Elanna Torres
Harry Kim
The Doctor
Voyager chief medical officer

Dr. Fitzgerald

Chief medical officer who was killed.
His character went unnamed in the televised episode. He was called Dr. Bist in a later novel.
Vulcan nurse who also died.
She was called T'Ral in a later novel.
Ocampa elder.
Cardassian Gul of the Cardassian Fourth Order.
Fiancée of Kathryn Janeway.
Betazoid lieutenant and helmsman of the Voyager who died in the Delta Quadrant.
Security chief aboard Deep Space 9.
Ferengi bartender aboard Deep Space 9.
First Officer of the Voyager who died in the Delta Quadrant.
Junior engineer aboard the Voyager.
Senior officer aboard the Voyager.
Aunt Adah
Holographic creation aboard the Caretaker's array.
Farmer's Daughter
Holographic creation aboard the Caretaker's array.
Banjo Man
Holographic Human appearance of the Caretaker.
Ocampa nurse
Young Ocampa who worked at the hospital in der underground city and helped Harry Kim and B'Elanna Torres to escape.
Ocampa doctor
A medical practitioner who worked in the hospital and treated Kim and Torres.
Maje of the Kazon-Ogla.
Young Ocampa and friend of Kes.


Chakotay's father.
Kathryn Janeway's dog.
Owen Paris : Father of Tom Paris and Starfleet Admiral.
Barfly in Quark's.
Betazoid aunt of Stadi.
Betazoid relative of Stadi.
Russ Tepper
Cavit's commanding officer aboard the USS Kingston.
Mary Kim
Mother of Harry Kim.
James T. Kirk
A Starfleet captain and friend of Spock.
A Vulcan Starfleet officer and friend of James T. Kirk.
Starfleet Commander who taught Harry Kim and B'Elanna Torres at Starfleet Academy.


Alcatraz; Auckland; Badlands; Bajor; Betazed; Caldik Prime; Cardassia; Caretaker's array; Deep Space 9; Delta Quadrant; Demilitarized Zone; Earth; Kansas; Mars; New Zealand; Ocampa; Promenade; San Francisco; Sargasso Sea; Starfleet Academy; Terikof belt; USA; Volnar colony; Vulcan; Vulcan Science Academy

Appalachian Mountains
Cimota VI
Ganges sector
Rudolpha IV
Rukbat III


20th century; 47; Al-Batani, USS; angla'bosque; antigrav generator; apron; Arias Expedition; Asian; atmosphere; auto-destruct; autumn; away team; Banjo; barkeeper; barn; bath tub; Betazoid; bio-neural gel pack; black hole; bodyguard; Bolian; Borg; bridge; Buddha; canteen; captain; captain's chair; captain's log; chief engineer; cigarette; clarinet; Class M; claustrophobia; clock; cloud; coffee; combadge; computer voice; concussion; constable; cormaline; corn on the cob; couch; coya anochty zab; cufflink; dabo table; debris; deflector; desert; desktop monitor; deuterium; doctor; dog; Doppler effect; duck; endocrine system; engineering; ensign; Enterprise, USS; epidemic; evasive maneuvers; Federation Council; Ferengi; fire extinguisher; first officer; fruit; graviton; groundhog; G-type; hay; holosuite; hospital; hunting leopard; Intrepid-class; Juilliard Youth Symphony; June; junior engineer; Kazon; Kazon carrier vessel; Kazon-Ogla; kilometer; kilopascal; Kingston, USS; Klingon; Klingon restaurant; Koladan diamond; latinum; lek; lemonade; lieutenant; liner; lion; Lobi crystal; "ma'am"; maje; Maquis; meat; medical tricorder; mercenary; mess hall; musk; nanosecond; Native American; neutronium; nucleogenic particle; observer; Ocampa; onion; Orion; pekingese; peppermint; phaser; phaser rifle; pigeon; pilot; pirate; plasma; pok'tow; poktoy; pond; pon farr; poocuh; postman; Prime Directive; pulse; potato; quarters; rain; ready room; red alert; repair team; replicator; rice; Rigelian fever; Romulan ale; science officer; security chief; sedative; shore leave; sickbay; "sir"; skeleton; squash; stardate; Starfleet; Starfleet uniform; sugar cookie; sunburn; sunlight; sword of Damocles; synthehol; Tellarite; terrier; tetryon; toad; tomato soup; towel; tractor beam; transporter room; trianoline; tricobalt; tricorder; turbolift; universal translator; veterinarian; viewscreen; volcano; Voyager, USS; Vulcan; waiter; Warming, The; warp core; warp factor; water; weeping willow; welder; wormhole

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