- This page details Janice Rand in the primary universe; for Janice Rand in the mirror universe see Janice Rand (mirror); for the Janice Rand in the Kelvin timeline created by Nero's temporal incursion see Janice Rand (Kelvin timeline).
- See Rand for other articles with titles that contain, either by relationship or by coincidence, this character's surname.
Janice L. Rand was a human Starfleet officer who had a long career in Starfleet, starting as a yeoman aboard the USS Enterprise, and later becoming a commander and communications officer aboard the USS Excelsior (NCC-2000).
Early Life and Career
Janice L. Rand (TOS comic: "Blaise of Glory") was born on Earth in 2242 (TOS novelization: Miri). She soon moved off of Earth with her parents, who were explorers, and spent most of her early life aboard ships or stations. (TOS novel: Enterprise: The First Adventure)
At an early age, Janice and her family were traveling when their ship's warp engines blew. They were forced to travel for three years at sub-light speed until they reached the planet Saweoure. Because the family did not have money to spend on repairs, they sold their spaceship and settled on Saweoure, where they were forced into slavery.
One night Janice and her two brothers, Ben and Sirri, managed to escape Saweoure by sneaking aboard a cargo shuttle and hiding in a cargo container. After this the Rands sneaked into the refugee camp on Faience. The Rand children were allowed to stay on Faience and Janice was given legal guardianship of her brothers.
Aboard the Enterprise (NCC-1701)
Shortly after being employed as a quartermaster's staff, she was dispatched to the USS Enterprise (NCC-1701) as Captain James T. Kirk's personal yeoman. In the beginning Rand was very unsure of herself and her abilities, and ended up working constantly on all the paperwork that Captain Kirk gave her.
- StarTrek.com states that Rand's position as yeoman to Kirk was how she started her career.
Kirk and Dr. Leonard McCoy realized that she had problems and assigned her to work with Amelinda Lukarian on designing adverts and posters for the Warp-Speed Classic Vaudeville Company, a job which she enjoyed and started to relax around the captain. (TOS novel: Enterprise: The First Adventure)
Later in 2264, Rand left the Enterprise to undergo more training as a yeoman and was replaced by Barbara Smith. Smith and Kirk never took to each other, with Kirk constantly referring to her as Jones. (TOS - My Brother's Keeper novel: Enterprise)
After leaving the Enterprise, Rand enrolled in Starfleet Academy, where she was captain of the diving team during the 2264-65 academic year. Among the subjects she studied at the Academy were horticulture, xenobotany, biology, and engineering. (CCG set: All Good Things) When Yeoman Smith transferred off the Enterprise in 2265, Rand accepted her old position aboard the ship. (TOS - My Brother's Keeper novel: Enterprise)
In the year that Rand had been away from the Enterprise she had become more professional and more diligent to her duties, and became close friends with Captain Kirk, while making him eat correctly, and sorting out the essential duties and paperwork. Her professional attitude made her look quite fearsome to midshipmen aboard ship. (TOS episode: "The Corbomite Maneuver"; TOS - The Janus Gate novel: Present Tense)
In 2266, a duplicate of Captain Kirk was created during a transporter malfunction. His bestial and lustful half seduced Rand and attempted to sexually assault her. (TOS episode & novelization: The Enemy Within)
Leave of Absence
In 2267, Rand took a leave of absence and left the Enterprise, and gave birth to a daughter, Annie Rand. Unfortunately, Annie died of an unspecified illness two years later, and after some time Janice decided to return to Starfleet. Janice never publicly identified the child's father, who had died by 2293. (TOS novel: The Captain's Daughter)
The Dream Walkers
In 2270, Starfleet had so much faith in Rand that they sent her on a covert mission to monitor the Chuniikites, a race that was engaged in civil war. A few weeks later she was declared missing-in-action, and the crew of the Enterprise began having daydreams of past missions, in which Rand was the common denominator. (TOS comic: "The Dream Walkers")
The Final Reflection
As of 2271, Janice Rand had transferred to Starfleet's Communications Department, and worked at the department's headquarters in Iceland. When Sulu and Chekov were falsely accused of murder, Janice was essential in keeping Kirk and Uhura updated on information concerning their comrades. (TOS novel: Traitor Winds)
- note: This novel gives her rank as "lieutenant", as does "The Dream Walkers".
Return to the Enterprise
In 2272, Janice was assigned to the refitted USS Enterprise as Chief Petty Officer and transporter chief. On one of her first days on duty, while operating the transporter, a malfunction led to the death of Commander Sonak and Admiral Lori Ciana, which traumatized her. (TOS novelization: Star Trek: The Motion Picture, ST website: StarTrek.com)
- StarTrek.com gives the date of her being made transporter chief as 2271.
Following the Enterprise's return to Earth in 2278, Rand decided to undergo officer training, and was made an ensign in 2281. She worked in her lieutenant grades a stint at Earth Spacedock in 2285, where she witnessed close-up the Enterprise's battle damage from the Mutara sector. Immediately after, she was assigned to Starbase 1 where she worked for the communications division, and was later assigned to Starfleet Command in 2286. (VOY episode: "Flashback"; TOS movies: Star Trek III: The Search for Spock, Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home)
- note: The "Star Trek Voyager Companion" claims that "It took Janice Rand three years to be promoted from yeoman to ensign", placing her promotion sometime in 2269. This is supported by the fact that Rand's comment in "Flashback" was made in response to Tuvok's offer to serve tea to Captain Hikaru Sulu. Also, it coincides with Rand being a lieutenant in "Traitor Winds" and "The Dream Walkers". Nonetheless, this would seem to conflict with her rank in "Star Trek: The Motion Picture".
Aboard the Excelsior
When Captain Hikaru Sulu assumed command of the USS Excelsior in 2290, Sulu requested that newly-promoted Lieutenant Commander Rand be assigned to the Excelsior as communications officer as well as serving as a bridge officer and team leader for Gamma Shift, and she remained at that post for the rest of her career. It is suggested that Janice was a confidant for Sulu during her tenure aboard ship. (TOS novels: Starfleet Academy, War Dragons; TLE novel: The Sundered, ST website: StarTrek.com)
- Discrepancy note: In the DC Comics story Tests of Courage and all DC stories featuring the Excelsior crew that followed, Rand is referred to as Sulu's first officer.
By the 24th century, Janice Rand had a descendant in the form of Athena Rand who was a science officer and commander of the USS Saratoga and was present in the Battle of Wolf 359 in 2367. Athena also had a nephew who was Lieutenant Josh Rand who was a crew member of the USS Voyager. (VOY comic: "Ghosts")
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