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Revealed at last, the untold story of Kathryn Janeway!

Mosaic is a Pocket VOY novel – the first unnumbered novel – written by Jeri Taylor. Published by Pocket Books, it was first released in hardback in October 1996. The novel depicts the life of Captain Kathryn Janeway from early childhood through her Academy days and her first Starfleet posting.


From the book jacket
From Captain Kirk in the original series, to Captain Picard in Star Trek: The Next Generation and Captain Sisko of Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, Star Trek has been the story of mankind stretched to the ultimate limits of strength, skill, and courage.
Now a new captain has joined the ranks of the Star Trek heroes. Mosaic tells the compelling life story of Captain Kathryn Janeway, commander of the Starship Voyager.
Mosaic finds Captain Janeway fighting a desperate battle on two fronts: while she duels the Kazon warship in the gaseous mists of a murky nebula, an Away Team led by Lt. Tuvok is trapped on the surface of a wilderness planet. Forced to choose between the lives of the Away Team and the safety of her ship, Captain Janeway reviews the most important moments of her life, and the pivotal choices that made her the woman she is today.
From her childhood to her time at Starfleet Academy, from her first love to her first command, she must once again face the challenges and conflicts that have brought her to the point where she must now risk everything to put one more piece in the mosaic that is Kathryn Janeway.

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Background information

  • Jeri Taylor was specifically asked to create Mosaic by new Pocket editor, John Ordover. (Voyages of Imagination, p. 295)
  • The audiobook version was abridged by George Truett.
  • The framing story is set during the second season of Star Trek: Voyager.
  • Mosaic was considered canon by the writers and producers of Star Trek: Voyager following its publication during the period that Taylor was showrunner. Many of its plot details made their way into episodes. However, like Pathways, it has been superseded in some cases by events in later seasons after Taylor's departure.
  • It appears that the Al-Batani has been recast as the starship Icarus, whose documented history appears to be identical apart from the name.
  • Taylor said in an interview, "I had great trepidations about taking on something so sizeable as a full novel when my plate was pretty full just keeping the show on the air." (Star Trek: The Magazine Volume 1, Issue 6, p. 90)

Cover gallery


Al-Batani, USS; Cardassian; Data; Deep Space 7; Janeway, Johnson, Mark; Kazon; Mars; Paris, Owen; Riker, William T.; Starfleet Academy; Tau Ceti Prime; vice admiral; Vulky

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