I typically avoid posting in these threads, but I actually think that Syn.Sixx does make a good point that everyone else seems to have ignored. He basically says that he wants to be able to read a new book with Janeway in it. There are no such books; there may be books that talk about Janeway, but that's about it. Since so many people seem to want to draw the comparison, contrast that with Kirk. In many ways, Kirk really isn't dead. Yes, he's dead post-2371 in the main continuity. He's alive post-2371 in the Shatnerverse - an alternate reality, which is something Syn.Sixx has said he would favor as long as he got to see Janeway in a book again. But more importantly, Kirk still appears in the novels, alive and well. Sure, these novels are set during the five-year mission, or before it, or during the movie era, but if someone wants to head to the store and pick up a book with Kirk in it, it's usually not too hard to find something. Simply put, that can't be done with Janeway. Now of course there are marketing reasons for why we still see Kirk in books. This also doesn't really apply as much with the 24th century characters; these seem to be focused on moving continually forward, so we don't get as many chances to revisit old friends, though there are still the occasionally Lost Era type stories and the like. (As an aside, Janeway does make an appearance in The Buried Age during her younger days...) Anyway, just thought that was a point worth following up on. We all seem to use whatever the farthest year we've seen in modern continuity to define someone as dead, but not all books are based in the same period. After all, how can Kirk be dead? We're going to be reading about him in Rings of Time in a couple months.