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A Pocket Full of Lies is a Star Trek: Voyager novel by Kirsten Beyer published by Pocket Books in January 2016. It is the ninth novel in the Voyager relaunch set after Destiny and the thirteenth overall. It centers around an alternate Kathryn Janeway and the conflict between the Zahl and the Rilnar.

Publisher's Description

From the back cover

The Full Circle Fleet has resumed its explorations of the Delta Quadrant and former Borg space. Captain Regina Farkas of the USS Vesta makes a promising first contact with the Nihydronhumanoid aliens that are collectors of history. They rarely interact with the species they study but have amassed a large database of numerous races, inhabited planets, and the current geopolitical landscape of a large swath of the quadrant. When an exchange of data is proposed via a formal meeting, the Nihydron representatives are visibly shaken to be greeted by Admiral Kathryn Janeway. For almost a hundred years, two local species, the Rilnar and the Zahl, have fought for control of the nearby planet Sormana, with both sides claiming it as their ancestral homeworld. The shocking part is that for the last several years, the Rilnar have been steadily gaining ground, thanks to the tactics of their current commanding officer: a Human woman, who appears to be none other than Kathryn Janeway herself…


The Demeter makes first contact with the Nihydron, a race who have information about many races in that region. However, when they meet Janeway they reveal that a woman who is her exact double is a major participant in a confict on the planet Sormana. The two races who inhabit the planet, the Zahl and the Rilnar, are fighting a war over it, even though both races long since developed space flight and those living elsewhere live peacefully with each other.

Voyager travels to Sormana, where an away team led by Paris encounter the Rilnar and "their" Janeway. Chakotay also travels to the planet where he learns the woman is the Janeway created when Voyager was shattered into different time periods. She explains it was the Zahl who caused Voyager's accident, blaming them for the loss of their territory during the Year of Hell, and subsequently abducted and tortured Janeway. She was rescued by the Rilnar and became their denzit. She considers herself resigned from Starfleet and has no desire to return.

Voyager heads to the Beta Quadrant to collect Tuvok, the only person Denzit Janeway might trust. He meets with the denzit, who reveals she died in childbirth the same day every other Janeway died but was revived by a mysterious doctor. Her husband, Dayne, and newborn daughter were captured by the Zahl, although the Zahl have always denied it, and she aims to rescue them. Still recovering from the death of his own son, Tuvok accepts her position and keeps her motives secret.

The Galen and Demeter discover that while the Rilnar colonies provide new recruits for the war, the Zahl get their new soldiers from other quantum realities. Tuvok, Kim and Seven travel down to Sormana to investigate the source of the Zahl's temporal technology. Tuvok deviates from the mission to free Rilnar prisoners but Dayne is not among them. A combination of this and the denzit planting tracking devices on the trio leads to the Rilnar launching an attack that threatens to detonate the base's store of chroniton torpedoes, which would destroy the system.

The Vesta heads for Krenim space where Janeway, Farkas and Cambridge meet with Dayne, who had been an undercover Krenim agent. They quickly deduce it was the Krenim who abducted the denzit and framed the Zahl. Dayne takes Janeway and Cambridge back to Sormana in his time ship, having frozen time, and gives them a chance to prevent the explosion. They team up with Chakotay, Tuvok, the denzit and Zahl supervisor Silbrit. The Vesta, protected by temporal shielding is able to beam aboard the chroniton torpedoes and evacuate several of those from the base before its destruction. This near miss, and the realisation that the Krenim have prolonged the war to keep the two sides busy, causes them to sue for peace.

Meanwhile, Conlon has been increasingly erratic, obsessed with improving security protocols. When Torres finally confronts her, she reveals she is a dying from a genetic disorder, which turns out to have been introduced by Xolani. She is taken to the Galen, where the Doctor, Sharak and Sal are determined to find a cure. She learns she is pregnant and the baby could provide a vital stem cell donation but tells Kim she is going to terminate.

Dayne reappears and takes the other Janeway to an alternate timeline where the Krenim helped end the war hundreds of years earlier: This is where he left their daughter Mollah for safe-keeping. Dayne leaves his wife and daughter to live out their lives in peace and allows himself to be taken away by the vengeful Krenim. No-one realises that the whole situation was arranged by Q and his wife.



USS Voyager personnel

AmiriGaines AubreyHugh CambridgeChakotayCharvetNancy ConlonAytar GwynIchebHarry KimKulaKenth LasrenMirkNeolMichael Owen ParisMiral ParisTom ParisDevi PatelSaracenSeven of NineSharakB'Elanna TorresVanessa WatersWorlin

USS Vesta Personnel

Phinnegan BryceDecanRegina FarkasKrim HochKathryn JanewayJepel OmarSienna KarJulian PsilakisMalcolm RoachEl'nor SalSkaidenTi'Ana
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USS Demeter personnel

BrillGarvin ElkinsAtlee FifeLiam O'DonnellUrl LaskThomas Vincent
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Sten Falto

USS Galen personnel

Reginald BarclayCress BenoitThe DoctorMichael DrurClarissa GlennRanson Velth
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USS Titan personnel

William RikerDeanna TroiTuvok
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Natasha Riker-TroiT'Pel

Starfleet personnel

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Leonard James AkaarRori AustenAfsarah EdenGreskrendtregkMeegan McDonnellKenneth MontgomeryMichael Thomas ParisOwen ParisNaomi WildmanSamantha Wildman


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DeetHalaahMastinRenadaKal Uthar


Frem AlbrecBrefMevNempirPiluschHav SilbritWichella
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Other Characters

Female QGralIrixMollahPahkoQRuhkTeshWelfrekYil
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Dante AlighieriWillem BatisteBorg QueenCaretakerEliethErosGrilimGretchen JanewayPhoebe JanewayJewlCarla JohnsonKevin JohnsonMark JohnsonKesIone KitainNeelixQ (Junior)Thomas RikerSaspariSurakSvetaMor glasch TevXolani

Starships and vehicles

KIS ArcanaKIS Brevmon (Krenim warship) • CelwindaUSS Demeter (Theophrastus-class) • USS Galen (Galen-class) • Golant (Rilnar vessel) • Tascara (Zahl heavy cruiser) • USS Titan (Luna-class) • KIS TruonTuccia (shuttlecraft) • USS Vesta (Vesta-class) • USS Voyager (Intrepid-class)
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USS da Vinci (Sabre-class) • USS Enterprise-E (Sovereign-class) • USS Equinox (Nova-class) • USS Thetis (Miranda-class)


Beta QuadrantDelta QuadrantLillestan Station (InfirmaryJewl's) • Rilnadaar VI (Haverbern) • Rilnar Command CenterSormana (BatibehFelstarRahallaTitha) • Zahlna II (Zahlenrest)
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AlastriaAlpha QuadrantAnalepsis DamBadlandsClass Y planetDenevaEarthFluidic spaceFressaGalvan VIHillreshIndianaJaxomJirschaKetlehKtarisKyana PrimeNew TalaxNgbelPyralRilquitainSepsetaSigma Tama IVTranswarp hubUnimatrix ZeroUtopia Planitia Fleet YardsYaris Nebula

Races and cultures

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AnschlasomAndorianBorgCaeliarCardassianChildren of the StormDevoreMawasiNaceneOcampaSeriareenSilver BloodSpecies 8472TalaxianTureiVaadwaurVoth

States and organizations

Krenim Defense ForceKrenim ImperiumKrenim Temporal Defense AgencyProject Full CircleRilnar Colonial CommandRilnar Colonial ForceStarfleetUnited Federation of PlanetsZahl Regnancy
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Borg CollectiveCaeliar gestaltCardassian UnionConfederacy of the Worlds of the First QuadrantDominionFederation Department of Temporal InvestigationsFederation Research InstituteFederation Science InstituteKinaraMaquisOmega ContinuumQ ContinuumSormana Liberation ForceStarfleet AcademyStarfleet CommandStarfleet Corps of EngineersStarfleet MedicalZahl Science Institute

Ranks and titles

AdatoiragentaldermanambassadorBedtenbotanical geneticistbotanical specialistcadetcaptainchief engineerchief medical officercommandantcommandercommanding officercontact specialistcounselorDenzitengineerensignFederation Starfleet ranksfleet admiralfleet commanderinterrogation specialistlieutenantlieutenant commanderLinzatarmission specialistornzitarPalzitarpilgrimpilotscientistsecurity chiefscience officerServitorShipmasterslipstream specialistTilzitarvice admiral

Science and technology

adrenalineAFPamebocyteanalgesicantibioticantichronitonanthropologyAstrometricsbandbenamitebinarybio-scannerbio-temporal chamberBiogenetic weaponbioneural filamentbioneural fluidbioneural gel packbioneural processorCausality calculatorChaotic variableChroniton poolchroniton serumchroniton torpedocombadgecomputerdata carddeuteriumdisruptorDNAforcefieldfrequencygas giantgravitygrenadeholodeckhologramhydroponicsimmunoglobulinimpulse engineisolinear chiplog buoylymphocytemagnetic constrictormicro-filamentmultidimensional visual renderingMultiverseneural suppressantnanoprobeOmega moleculeOrbital weapon platformoxygenpaddpattern enhancerphase cannonphaserplasma conduitprobeprotomatterproximity minepower cellquantum misalignmentquantum slipstream drivereplicatorScheinen phase displacement fieldshieldshield generatorshock collarsingularitysonic showerSpace-time continuumstem cellsubaural transcieversubspace corridorsubspace minesubspace pattern enhancertachyonTemporal conversion matrixTemporal fluxTemporal mechanicstemporal shieldingTemporal stabilization fieldTemporal synchronization disruptorTemporal theorytransportertricordertritaniumwarp core

Other references

226923492365237323742377237923802382Alice in Wonderlandappia verababanana pancakesBattle of DenevaBattle of the Azure NebulaBattle of Wolf 359biohazard bagBorg droneBorg Invasion of 2381breadCardiopulmonary resuscitationcargo baycheesecoffeediagnostic terminalDNA damage repair syndromefinlitfruitGav'ot toH'vagermschledgyrejacketjhanqrekarThe Keeperskey cardmoonshinepastaphotographpopcornPrime DirectiveRefreshersaffasigkn sleeping maskSocratic methodspiceStandard ManeuversStardateStarfleet Engineering ManualStarfleet General Orders and RegulationsStockholm syndromesugarTemporal Prime Directivethermosurulian jastinVega Nine/Vegarus AxilatariavegetableviteenvoleVulcan nerve pinchwaterwildflowerYear of Hellzelchek


Related media


  • Janeway's death is assigned the stardate 57445.



Star Trek: Voyager novels set after the television series
HomecomingThe Farther ShoreSpirit Walk (Old WoundsEnemy of My Enemy) • Full CircleUnworthyChildren of the StormThe Eternal TideProtectorsActs of ContritionAtonementA Pocket Full of LiesArchitects of InfinityTo Lose the Earth


The novel runs through June and July of 2382, the first two months of the second year of the Full Circle Fleets 3-year-mission in the Delta Quadrant. It apparently begins approximately four years (Miral Paris, who was born the day Voyager returned to the Alpha Quadrant, is said to "about to turn four in a few weeks") after the final Star Trek: Voyager episode, "Endgame".

published order
Previous novel:
Voyager novels
Next novel:
Architects of Infinity
Previous novel:
Novels by:
Kirsten Beyer
Next novel:
Architects of Infinity
chronological order
Previous Adventure:
Plagues of Night
Chapters 4-6
Memory Beta Chronology Next Adventure:
Zero Sum Game
Chapters 3-45

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