The Janeway/Seven FAQ
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Frequently Asked Questions regarding Kathryn Janeway and Seven of Nine, Voyager, fan fiction, and anything else that may be of interest to J/7 fans.

Latest Update July 5, 1999:  Added link to the "Pip Scene," in Question A. 5. below.
 

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The responses given in this FAQ draw from Voyager episodes and novels through Season Five (as canonical sources of information) and may contain spoilers for episodes that some readers of this FAQ may not have seen yet.  If you don't like spoilers, please avoid reading responses to questions about Voyager and its characters.
 

A.  Regarding Our Favorite Duo

1. What is Seven of Nine's full designation?
2. When and where was Seven born?
3. When was Kathryn Janeway born and how old is she?
4. How many lovers have Seven and Kathryn had?
5. What is the "Pip Scene"?
6. How much J/7 subtext has there actually been on Voyager?
 

B.  Regarding Voyager

1. What are Voyager's specs, including ship type, number of decks, and crew complement?
2. Where are the major points of interest (e.g., Bridge, Messhall, Holodecks, etc.) located on Voyager?
3. How long is it before Voyager reaches the Alpha Quadrant?
 

C. Regarding Fan Fiction

1. What is Fan Fiction?
2. What is Slash?
3. What is textual poaching?
4. Why write fan fiction?
5. What are some good fanfic-writing rules-of-thumb?
 

D.  Miscellaneous

1. Why is this site called Delta Quadrant of Venus?
2. What are some good resources for J/7 fanfic writing?
3. Where else can I find J/7 stories?
 



 

A. 1. What is Seven of Nine's full designation?

In "Scorpion, Part Two" (the first episode of the fourth season, in which Seven is introduced), Janeway asks the Borg what her "designation" is, and Seven replies, "Seven of Nine, Tertiary Adjunct of Unimatrix Zero One.  But you may call me . . . Seven of Nine."  Of course, as "Dangermouse" pointed out in a February 20th, 1999, post to the newsgroup <alt.tv.star-trek.voyager>, Seven's name is a blooper.  It should actually be Seventh of Nine.  But what's in a name?  By the way, we learn in the subsequent episode "The Gift" that Seven's human name before being assimiliated was Annika Hansen.

A. 2. When and where was Seven born?

Also according to the fourth season episode "The Gift," Seven was born on stardate 25479 at the Tendara colony.  I'm not sure how stardates work, but Seven was apparently about six when she was assimilated, and this episode also establishes that she had been assimilated about 18 years ago when Janeway severs her from the Collective.  That would make Seven about 24 or 25 years old.

A. 3. When was Kathryn Janeway born and how old is she?

I'm not sure what the canonical sources for this are, but it seems to be pretty well established that Janeway's birthday is "May 20th," but the year is hard to pin down.  Jason Davidson's "Voyager FAQ" at his Star Trek News site has a link to his own speculations on this question.  His best guess, using Jeri Taylor's novel Mosaic as his source, is that Kathryn Janeway was born around 2335 and is therefore about 40 years old by Season Five.  See his "When Was Janeway Born?".  FYI:  She was born in Indiana to Admiral Edward Janeway and Gretchen Janeway, and has one younger sister named Phoebe.

A. 4. How many lovers have Seven and Kathryn had?

Seven 0; Kathryn 3 -- as follows:

Well, Seven's romantic history is easy to figure out.  Since she was a Borg drone for most of her life and is only now rediscovering her humanity (and hasn't really gotten around to human sexuality yet), she has had zero lovers so far.  She did, however, offer to "copulate" with Ensign Harry Kim in the fourth season episode "Revulsion," and then later that season, she shared a very passionate kiss with him in the episode "Waking Moments" (though that was Harry's dream sequence, I believe).  She also had a date with a Lt. William Chapman and later with the Holodoc in the fifth season installment "Someone to Watch Over Me."

As for Kathryn, Jeri Taylor's Mosaic mentions three lovers:  Cheb Packer (Kathryn's first), Justin Tighe (who was engaged to Kathryn and died unexpectedly, along with Kathryn's father, in a tragic test-flight accident on Tau Ceti Prime), and finally Mark Hobbes William Johnson (to whom Kathryn was engaged when Voyager got lost in the Badlands, but who has since moved on).  Kathryn receives a "Dear Janeway" letter from Mark in the Season Four episode "Hunters."  For a while, it looked like Chakotay might become lover #4, and they did live together on New Earth for several months in the second season episode "Resolution," but the First Officer never made his move.  His tough luck, I say.  As far as we know, moreover, the only humanoid Janeway has even kissed (excluding her holonovel heros from the first season) is Kashyk of the Devore Emperium, in Season Five's "Counterpoint."  Of course, we mustn't forget that Janeway and Paris actually did do the evil deed and even had offspring together in the Season Two episode "Threshold," but I don't think Tom would actually count as a "lover" since he and Kathryn were salamanders at the time!

A. 5. What is the "Pip Scene"?

This is a saucy bit of J/7 subtext that most U.S. viewers did not get a chance to see because it was cut from the first-run airing on UPN stations and showed only on some syndicated stations in Canada.  It's a scene between Janeway and Seven that takes place in the Captain's Ready Room in Act 1 of the Season Five episode "Someone to Watch Over Me," as Janeway is putting the finishing touches on her formal dress uniform in preparation for her diplomatic Away mission to the Kati planet.  In the scene, Janeway is chastising Seven for spying on B'Lanna's and Tom's romantic encounters.  In the process, she notices a pip missing, retrieves it, and asks Seven to help her put it on just as she's advising Seven that she should maybe give romance a try herself.  A detailed synopsis of the scene is available in Jim Wright's Delta Blue's summary of this episode and also in Gina Dartt's follow-up story "Someone to Watch Over Her."

Kate Monteiro has made a QuickTime (TM) version of the "Pip Scene" and has kindly given me permission to post to it from here.  If you want to download the scene, you'll find it online at Kate's homepage and at her fanfic site Utopia Planetia, and also at Cafe/7789 for good measure.  Thanks to Kate for providing us J/7'ers with the scene and also to Gina Dartt, for helping to arrange this and for being the first to post the link.  FYI:  You'll need QuickTime Player (TM) to view the file, available as a free download for multiple platforms from Apple (TM) -- but be warned: the installation uses an active Internet connection to load components.

A. 6. How much J/7 subtext has there actually been on Voyager?

Quite a lot:  certainly enough to keep us J/7'ers active.  For thoughtful and thorough accounts of the J/7 relationship allusions in the show, see the subtext-oriented episode "Reviews" at both Gina Dartt's Captain's Quarters site and at AKaJaBoHoMo.
 

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B. 1. What are Voyager's specs, including ship type, number of decks, and crew complement?

According to the first Voyager episode ("Caretaker"), the United Star Ship Voyager, Naval Construction Contract 74656, is an Intrepid-class Federation vessel, with 15 decks, a maximum cruise velocity of 9.975 warps, a crew complement of 141, and some newfangled "bioneural circuitry":  gel packs containing synthetic neural cells that ostensibly make the ship organize information better and respond more quickly (presumably like the stimulus-response mechanisms in living organisms).  Arguably, the ship's bioneural makeup lends itself to many more interesting plots than TPTB ("The Powers That Be") have so far exploited.

B. 2. Where are the major points of interest (e.g., Bridge, Messhall, Holodecks, etc.) located on Voyager?

Here is the equivalent of a Ship's Directory -- albeit, incomplete (please email me if you have any additions/corrections for this).  Where noted, I have drawn this information from a Voyager episode and consider the information verified by canon.  Otherwise, the information comes from Laura Varney's "Star Trek Voyager Shrine", which has a great deal of information in it (see especially her "USS Voyager Specifications" link):

  • Deck 1:  Bridge / Captain's Ready Room / Senior Officers' Briefing Room
  • Deck 2:  Messhall (according to Season One's "Phage," which also establishes that Neelix has set up his kitchen in what used to be the Captain's Private Dining Room: in "Cabin 125 Alpha, Deck 2")
  • Deck 3:  Captain's Quarters / VIP and other crew quarters (probably senior officers) / Photon Torpedo Launcher System
  • Deck 4: Transporter Rooms / Some Cargo Bays / Nicoletti's quarters
  • Deck 5: Sickbay and the Holodoc's office
  • Deck 6: Holodecks / Other crew quarters
  • Deck 7: Crew quarters
  • Deck 8: Astrometrics Lab (in Section 29, according to Season Five's "Equinox") / Crew quarters
  • Deck 9: B'Lanna's quarters (on "Deck 9, Section 12," according to Season Five's "Someone to Watch Over Me") / Crew quarters
  • Deck 10: Shuttlebay & additional Cargo Bays / Main Shuttle Ramp / Primary Computer Core / Warp Core / Forward Photon Torpedo Launcher / Secondary Warp Core / Main Navigational Deflector
  • Deck 11: Main Engineering (also according to Season Five's "Equinox") / Warp drive system
  • Deck 12: Navigational Control - Section B-7 / Environmental Control
  • Deck 13: Main Deflector / Aft tractor beam / Labs / Escape Pod access / Secondary ODN/EPS conduits
  • Deck 14: Unknown
  • Deck 15: Unknown
If anyone knows exactly where Cargo Bay 2 (Seven's "quarters") and Hydroponics are, please let me know.
 
 

B. 3. How long is it before Voyager reaches the Alpha Quadrant?

Here, again, Jason Davidson has done the homework for the rest of us:  according to his "Voyager FAQ" , Voyager is still between 24,000 and 29,000 light years away from the Alpha Quadrant, which (as Jason notes) assuming the 1 year = 1,000 light years formula is correct, would put Voyager about 24-29 years from home.  FYI:  Voyager was lost on SD 48307.5 (or 2371), according to logs at the Startrek Continuum.

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C. 1. What is Fan Fiction?

Basically, "fan fiction" (or "fanfic," for short) refers to any story about established media characters but written by fans of those characters and the shows/novels in which they originated.  Fans don't, as far as I know, write for profit (and I believe that would be a copyright infringement).  We simply borrow characters to tell a story about them that TPTB haven't gotten around to telling or may never get around to telling:  for example, romantic/erotic tales between two characters, and especially same-sex pairings.  The point, typically, is to explore "subtext": subtle allusions to relationships that remain otherwise implicit.

C. 2. What is Slash?

The term "slash" derives from the fanfic habit of categorizing relationship stories by the two characters dealt with in the story.  So technically slash fiction could refer to any romance story.  Because this method of identifying the subject of the story developed predominantly among writers of "gay" or "lesbian" erotic fanfic, however, "slash" refers more specifically to alternative fanfic romances, involving two characters of the same sex.  In that sense, J/7, J/T, C/P, and P/K would be considered slash, but J/C, P/T, and K/7 would not be.  This is not to suggest that most or even the earliest fanfic writers were themselves gay, but rather that the earliest topics of fanfic writing were same-sex relationships, Kirk and Spock (K/S) fanfic being among the first.  And according to some cultural theorists who study fandom, many of the writers of slash have been straight women.

C. 3. What is textual poaching?

Textual Poaching is a phrase from cultural studies' critic Henry Jenkins' book Textual Poachers: Television Fans & Participatory Culture (Routledge, 1992).  Jenkins analyzes fandom, including Star Trek fans, and the process of writing fan fiction as a kind of appropriation (poaching).  Fans borrow characters from the mass media and incorporate them in a variety of different ways in their own stories, essentially to tell the kinds of stories they want told about characters that they have grown fond of.  Jenkins considers this a kind of reaction to the power of the mass media to shape our lives.  Instead of the image of fans as passive consumers, he shows, through the phenomenon of fanfic, how fans can also become active producers, participating, in their own way, in the construction of the culture and shared social meanings that make up our lives.

C. 4. Why write fan fiction?

It's a matter of control, satisfaction, and gratification.  Writing fanfic is a way of seeing characters you love developed in directions you want them to go.  This isn't just about doing what TPTB won't do; it's also about doing things that perhaps other fanfic writers themselves haven't managed to do or otherwise haven't gotten around to doing.

It's also fundamentally about exploration.  Particularly in a mass-mediated context where producers are so unwilling to allow the development and portrayal of positive gay themes and characters, fanfic is often the only way to explore those themes with characters we already know and love.

For me, finally, writing fanfic is also about giving something back to the community of J/7 writers, who are themselves also readers of fanfic.  Thanks to all of you.

C. 5. What are some good fanfic-writing rules-of-thumb?

Just because fans do it themselves in fanfic writing doesn't mean that anything goes.  As I've said elsewhere, this may be an anarchy, but it's a limited anarchy, and it's limited in two ways:  by developments in the canon and by the community of fanfic readers.  The first limitation we have very little control over.  If TPTB kill off a character, for example, that's going to put a considerable chill on whether fans continue writing about that character (although I never say "never").  Fanfic writers do, however, have some control over whether their work is accepted and well-received by the community of readers for whom we write our stories.  Here are some guidelines I have found useful:

  • Truth in labeling matters:  We may be going a little overboard with our content codes, but I do think it's courteous and appropriate to let readers know some of what to expect in your story, and this could cut down considerably on their disappointment and subsequent flames.  At a minimum, though, I really like knowing who the story centers on because it really does make a huge difference to me whether Janeway is pressing her lips to Chakotay's or to Seven's!  So I always look for the "J/7" label.
  • Be true to the characters:  That may seem like a rule that slash writers already violate, but, hey, if there's enough of a subtext, we have enough to work with.  At any rate, this rule doesn't mean that we can't put characters in new situations and relationships.  Nor does it really mean that we can't have them do something they wouldn't normally do.  The real challenge, I think, is that we motivate their behavior in ways that are consistent with the ways these characters have been developed.  Unless we're writing a parody or some other kind of intentionally outlandish humor, the characters have to react to the situations we put them in in ways that are consistent with who they are.  Otherwise, we might as well be writing about some other characters.
  • Adopt a tense and voice that effectively evokes the mood you want to establish for your story:  In my experience, a narrative account is best told in the past tense.  An account written in the present tense tends to read more like a script than a narrative and typically evokes a sense of impending action, which can contradict the mood one is trying to establish.  Note the difference in the moods evoked by the following examples:
    • Past tense:  Kathryn languidly caressed Seven's cheek and declared her desire.
      Present tense:  Kathryn languidly caresses Seven's cheek and declares her desire.
    The present tense seems to me a bit more hurried because the action takes place as the sentence is read, and, in this example, that works a bit against the "languid" mood the sentence is trying to establish.
Similarly, using the first-person voice (I lost myself in Seven's kisses) instead of the third-person voice (Kathryn lost herself in Seven's kisses) can evoke a self-disclosing, almost confessional tone rather than the external, descriptive sense of the latter.  If you want to explore character growth by getting inside the character's head, therefore, the first-person voice may be the way to go, but you may lose readers who just want a little bit of erotica and prefer the voyeuristic overtones of the third-person, descriptive voice.
    Of course, stories with dialogue can intermix these tenses and voices rather effectively:  "Oh, Seven, I'm losing myself in your kisses," Kathryn declared as she languidly caressed her new lover's cheek.
     
  • A quick grammar- and spellcheck could help improve the story:  We don't need to be anal about this, but as I've been warned myself, a grammar or spelling error can distract readers and ruin the effect of the story, especially if the error is repeated throughout.  I have two pet peeves.  First, I don't like subject-pronoun disagreements.  For example, "A person is entitled to their own opinions, Seven" should really be his or her own opinions since a person is a singular noun.  I also have a hard time with object-of-the-preposition errors.  For example, "Kathryn will choose between Chakotay and I" is not something Seven would ever say because she'd know to use the objective form in prepositional phrases and would say "between Chakotay and me."  In the meantime, a common mistake I tend to make is to confuse my homophones (their/there, your/you're), and that can really ruin the moment I might be trying to achieve: Kathryn jolted in shocked ecstasy at the intimate way Seven was exploring her: "Seven, you're thumb!" she gasped.
I don't mean to suggest that fanfic writers absolutely need to follow these rules, nor am I the one who has established these general guidelines; rather, it's the community of fanific readers who, at least implicitly, operate with some version of these guidelines when they read, appraise, and critique our stories.  I'm simply saying that it's been my experience as both a reader and writer of fanfic that stories tend to be a bit less disappointing and a bit more effective when writers have been careful about their labeling, their characterizations, the tense and voice of their stories, and their grammar and spelling.  But if there were a rule I would want to establish for fanfic writing, it'd be to "write something that moves you" because when you're writing something you care about, the chances are pretty good that you'll be able to convey some of that in your writing and help your readers to care, too.
 
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D. 1. Why is this site called Delta Quadrant of Venus?

The site name puns Anais Nin's book of lesbian erotica called Delta of Venus, which, since "delta" is  triangle and "Venus" is the goddess of love, is itself a not-so-veiled reference to female genitalia ("the triangle of love").  At the same time, the Delta Quadrant, as we all know, is where Voyager is lost and, by extension, where Captain Kathryn Janeway first meets and rescues Seven of Nine from the Borg.  So the site name combines these two references to give the sense of a "site" (Delta Quadrant/female genitalia) where Janeway and Seven find love together.

D. 2. What are some good resources for J/7 fanfic writing?

Really, the only "resources" you need for J/7 fanfic writing are knowledge about the show and characters, a writing instrument of some kind, and a good imagination.  I can't really help with the last two, but a good way to get more knowledge about the show and characters, short of re-watching every episode, is to refer to episode reviews and some technical guides.  For a listing of some of these on the Net, see the "J/7 Fanfic Resources" section of my Links page.

D. 3. Where else can I find J/7 stories?

Use my Links page as a launching point for a number of J/7 and more general fanfic sites.  People also frequently post new stories to fanfic newsgroups like <alt.startrek creative>, but you'll find what you're looking for more quickly by searching for "J/7" newsgroup messages in Deja News.
 
 


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