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Full Name: Benjamin Lafayette Sisko
Species: Human
Gender: Male
Born: 2332
Affiliation: Federation Starfleet
Family
Parents: Father: Joseph Sisko
Mother: Sarah Sisko
Stepmother: Rebecca Sisko
Sibling(s): Judith Sisko, two brothers
Marital Status: Married
Spouse(s): Kasidy Yates (married, 2375)
Jennifer Sisko (died, 2367)
Children: Rebecca Jae Sisko (born, 2376)
Jake Sisko (born 2355)
Career
Previous Assignment: Deep Space 9
Rank: Captain
Insignia: Starfleet insignia.
Image:2370s cmd capt.png

Starfleet Captain Benjamin Lafeyette Sisko is most famous as commanding officer of Deep Space 9 and as the Bajoran Emissary of the Prophets. He left DS9 at the end of the Dominion War to join the Bajoran Prophets, but returned to linear existence just in time for the birth of his daughter, Rebecca Jae Sisko. At last report, he was taking an extended leave of absence from Starfleet.

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History

Early Life

Benjamin Sisko was born in the year 2332 in the city of New Orleans on planet Earth. (DS9 novel: Avatar)

When Ben was a newborn, his proud father, Joseph Sisko, the owner of the renowned restaurant Sisko's Creole Kitchen, would show off his infant son to diners with one arm, and serve tables with the other, not always successfully. A Sisko's patron named Andreas Nikolas once commented about Ben's crying, "...what I really remember is Sisko's boy - must have been just a few months old when I was there, and already the kid had a pair of lungs on him. I swear he drowned out the horn music from next door." (STA novel: Maker)

Ben had two younger brothers, and a younger sister, Judith. (DS9 episode: "Homefront"; DS9 episode: "Paradise")

Starfleet Academy

Sisko entered Starfleet Academy in the year 2350. (DS9 episode: "The Ascent")

Sisko once told Odo that he was nicknamed "Dead-Eye" at Starfleet Academy since he was the best shot there, able to bounce a phaser beam off a mirror and still hit the target. He later admitted however, that this was somewhat of an exaggeration. (DS9 novel: The Siege)

While at the Academy, Ben met and befriended fellow Cadet Cal Hudson. (DS9 episode: "The Maquis, Part I", DS9 episode: "Apocalypse Rising")

In the year 2353, Ben had not yet graduated from the Academy yet when he was assigned to Pelios Station as an Ensign. It was there that young Sisko first came under the tutelage of Ambassador Curzon Dax, a joined Trill. Sisko would later consider the "Old Man" Curzon to be both a mentor and a second father figure. (DS9 short story: "The Music Between the Notes"; DS9 episode: "Invasive Procedures")

In 2354 Ben was captain of Starfleet Academy Wrestling Team. (DS9 episode: "Apocalypse Rising")

Starfleet Officer

Shortly after graduation and awaiting his first assignment, Sisko met and quickly married his first wife, Jennifer. (DS9 episode: "Emissary")

In 2355, while Ben was on paternity leave from his first posting on the USS Livingston, Jennifer gave birth to the couple's only child, Jacob Issac Sisko, at a Starfleet medical facility in San Francisco. (TLE novel: Deny Thy Father)

Around 2355, Sisko joined Zach Warner and a Starfleet team in a mission to Theta IV-Z. An incident happened that caused the mission to be botched and Sisko placed the blame on Warner. Sisko did not reveal his knowledge about that at the time. (DS9 novelization: Call to Arms...)

In 2360, Sisko was serving as a Lieutenant in the Engineering section of the USS Okinawa under captain James Leyton when, at Curzon's urging, Sisko accepted a temporary assignment for Starfleet Intelligence under Admiral Nyota Uhura.

The assignment saw Sisko in command of an undercover team deep within the space of the Romulan Star Empire. It was after this assignment that Sisko switched from Engineering to Command. Sisko soon found himself as First officer of the Okinawa. (TLE novel: Catalyst of Sorrows)

More from Sisko's time on the Okinawa will be revealed in an as yet un-scheduled book in the Lost Era series, focusing on the Federations brief war with the Tzenkethi.

During his time on the Saratoga, Sisko and the crew encountered a hostile Breen ship at Guldammur IV. In a plan devised by Sisko and Hranok, a narrow-gauge phaser spread was fired from the weapons of the Saratoga, making several small gaps in the Breen's shields. This allowed the Saratoga crew to beam unwanted items into the Breen's weapon banks, clogging them and leaving them unable to fire. (DS9 novel: Saratoga)

On Mariphasa IV, Sisko, Hranok, Aidan Thorn and Miriam Laffer were captured by the Cardassians and were about to be tortured to reveal their mission there. They were saved by Doctor Laffer's arguments with the Cardassian in charge, which bought time for Thorn to disarm one of the Cardassians and make their escape. (DS9 novel: Saratoga)

On a mission to Thetalian Prime, Sisko, Hranok, Graal and Laffer were affected by alien organisms until Dr. Laffer was able to find a cure. Some of the organisms, which produced corlandium, remained in their systems. (DS9 novel: Saratoga)

Benjamin Sisko, first officer of the USS Saratoga

By 2367, Sisko was a Lieutenant Commander and the ships first officer of the USS Saratoga, when that ship was lost fighting the Borg at the Battle of Wolf 359. Jennifer Sisko was killed in that battle. (DS9 comic: "Prophets and Losses"; DS9 comic: "Program 359")

More info on the Saratoga era of Sisko's life can be found in the aptly named novel, Saratoga.

Sisko spent the next three years assigned to the Utopia Planitia Fleet Yards on Mars. During this time, Curzon Dax had died, and the Dax symbiont, with all of Curzon's memories, was transferred to a young female Starfleet lieutenant, Jadzia Dax.

In the year 2369, Sisko, now a full Commander, received new orders from Captain Jean-Luc Picard of the USS Enterprise, placing him in command of Starbase Deep Space 9, a Cardassian-designed space station formerly known as Terok Nor, in orbit of the recently liberated planet Bajor. (DS9 novelization: Emissary)

The Emissary of the Prophets

Prophecy and Change

Shortly after arriving in Bajoran Space, Sisko met with Bajoran Kai Opaka Sulan, who told him the he was the Emissary of the Prophets, foretold in Bajoran scripture, destined to find the Celestial Temple of the Prophets, home of the Bajoran gods.

Sisko was skeptical, but soon after an encounter with the Orb of Prophecy and Change, he and Lieutenant Jadzia Dax discovered the Bajoran Wormhole, an artificially created passageway to the distant Gamma Quadrant created by the beings that the Bajorans consider to be gods.

Sisko requested a Bajoran national for the position of first officer, and the post was given to former Bajoran freedom fighter Kira Nerys, who was staunchly against the Federations presence on Bajor, believing the Federation to be little different from her former Cardassian oppressors.

It wasn't until Kira discovered that Sisko was supposedly the Emissary, that she gave the Federation a chance. (DS9 novelization: Emissary; short story: "Ha'mara")

The Orb of Time-or in this case a similar one-transported Benjamin Sisko in 2369 back to his own past in 2366. In order to defeat a Bajoran/Cardassian insurgency in the present, he had to re-visit the USS Saratoga (NCC-31911). Obtaining vital engineering materials from his doomed, former starship was the key to repairing sabotage throughout DS9. (DS9 video game: Crossroads of Time)

Episode and novelization "Trials and Tribble-ations" establishes the Orb of Time was officially re-claimed by Bajor in 2373.

In late 2370, Sisko discovered the existence of the Dominion, a dictatorial power based in the Gamma Quadrant. Sisko led a mission into the Gamma Quadrant commanding the USS Defiant in search of the Dominions leaders, the Founders. The Founders turned out to be of the same race as DS9's shape-shifting Chief of security, Odo. His first contact with their Vorta facilitators left him with the notion he has no idea of what's begun. (DS9 novelization: The Search)

In 2371, the mirror universe counterpart of Miles O'Brien kidnapped Sisko to his own universe. There, Sisko posed as his own mirror counterpart, in an attempt to convince the mirror version of his wife, Jennifer Sisko, to join the Terran Rebellion. Sisko's experience from the regular universe proved invaluable in this mission, and Jennifer joined the Rebellion. Although Sisko and O'Brien were careful not to disclose Sisko's true identity, the truth later became common knowledge to the members of the Rebellion. (DS9 episode: "Through the Looking Glass"; VOY novel: The Mirror-Scaled Serpent)

The Maquis

Having just been promoted to Captain, Ben Sisko endures battles with his loyalties on all fronts for the next two years. He risks his personal and professional health to investigate both Starfleet and private, Federation citizens. As well as Bajorans and an underground host of other races seeking to weaken the Cardassian Union. These trials upon his conscience prepared him for even more difficult choices. As Sisko was pushed to the brink of his own morals, questioning his own integrity under fire. (DS9 episodes: "The Circle"; "The Siege"; "For the Cause"; "For the Uniform"; "The Adversary")

The Dominion War

In late 2373, when war broke out with the Dominion (and their new Cardassian allies), Sisko and Starfleet were forced to temporarily abandon the Bajoran sector. Shortly after receiving word of the near destruction of the Seventh Fleet, Sisko begins to hatch a long-term plan with General Martok that would eventually lead to the operation that retook DS9.

Sisko led the combined fleet that retook DS9 and the Bajoran sector, but it was only the intervention of the Prophets, acting at the behest of their Emissary, that truly defeated the Dominion. (DS9 novelizations: Call to Arms..., ...Sacrifice of Angels; DS9 short story: "Three Sides to Every Story")

In 2374, Sisko was responsible for bringing the forces of the Romulan Empire into the war against the Dominion. Although Sisko violated several Starfleet regulations in this endeavor, the Admiralty was reluctant to punish Sisko, fearing reprisals from the Romulans. (DS9 novel: Hollow Men)

When the Dominion War ended in late 2375, Sisko led the charge into Cardassian space for the final battle. Shortly thereafter, the peace treaty was signed on DS9. Sisko averted an assassination attempt on the female Changeling, who commanded the Dominion war effort in the Alpha Quadrant.

Shortly thereafter, Sisko ascended to the plane of the Prophets, but not before promising his pregnant second wife, Kasidy Yates, that he would return. (DS9 novelization: What You Leave Behind; DS9 short story: "Requital")

The Prophets

The first lesson Sisko has to teach the Prophets involves the nature of linear existence. He told them a tale of an alternate future that was erased by the actions of his crew, negating the events as if they never happened, and yet the crew still remembered the events. (DS9 novels: The Fall of Terok Nor, The War of the Prophets, Inferno)

In the linear timeline, while still residing with the Prophets, in April of 2376, Sisko appeared to Kira Nerys in a dream and to Elias Vaughn in an orb experience. (DS9 novel: Avatar)

Later Sisko encountered Elias Vaughn, who was having another orb experience courtesy of the Orb of Unity. Sisko and Vaughn helped each other return to linear existence in time to save Bajor from the threat of the alien Parasites infecting Bajor. (DS9 novel: Unity)

Return

Sisko and his new daughter

Sisko returned just in time for the birth of his daughter, Rebecca Jae Sisko, called the Avatar of Peace in the ancient writings of the Bajoran heretic Ohalu.

After his return, Sisko turned down a promotion to Admiral, and enjoyed an extended leave of absence from Starfleet.

Sisko later spent time with his wife and daughter in his home on Bajor preparing for the return to Bajoran space of the mysterious Ascendants. (DS9 novels: Unity, Bajor: Fragments and Omens)

Sisko returned to DS9 in early 2377, following the brutal attack on Captain Kira by the Jem'Hadar observer, Taran'atar. He stayed with Kira, and upon her emergence from a coma broke the news that Bashir had been forced to replace her heart. (DS9 novel: Warpath)

Sisko, an avid baseball fan, attended opening day for the Pike City Pioneers of the Cestus Baseball League on Cestus III in 2378. There, he met then-governor, future Federation President, Nanietta Bacco. (TNG novel: A Time for War, A Time for Peace)

Hobbies and interests

Sisko was a skilled wrestler. He and Jadzia Dax often wrestled on the weekend and he invariably won, taking most of Dax's Tongo winnings in the process. (DS9 novel: Avatar)

Alternate realities

See Benjamin Sisko (alternates).

In an alternate timeline created in 2371 by a time-shifting Karg temporal disruptor, Sisko had resigned from Starfleet in 2367, after the Battle of Wolf 359, in order to become a university professor on Earth. By 2371 in that timeline, Jake berated Sisko for leaving behind the potential of his former life in Starfleet service.

As the temporal distortions became more severe, Sisko found himself on Earth in the year 1995, on October 27th of that year, listening to a televised announcement from victorious dictator Khan Noonien Singh regarding Khan's plans for the future of the Human race's DNA. (DS9 comic: "No Time Like the Present")

During an orb experience in 2377, Sisko encountered seven alternate versions of himself, all of whom had become Emmisary in their respective realities:

In this vision, it was explained to Sisko that his mirror universe alternate was also destined to become Emissary, and that he needed to help make that reality. (DS9 novel: Fearful Symmetry)

  • Lord-Commander Sisko of the Earthfleet station D9. In this reality, Khan Noonien Singh won the Eugenics Wars and, as a result, Sisko was an Augment.:It is unclear whether or not Sisko is the Emissary in this universe, but based on what has been revealled about Siskos from other Realities, it is likely (Star Trek: Myriad Universes novel: Seeds of Dissent)

Connections

USS Livingston personnel
Emblem of the United Federation of Planets Burgoyne 172CarlsbadS. CastlebaumCurzon Dax • Kustanovich • T. Roeder • RubioB. SiskoSnell Seal of the Federation Starfleet
Commanding Officers of the Starships Defiant
USS Defiant (NCC-1764) Serling • Blair • ArcherSatoMayweather Seal of the Federation Starfleet.
USS Defiant (NX-74205) (I) SiskoDaxWorf
USS Defiant (NX-74205) (II) RossSiskoJastDaxVaughnKira

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Benjamin Lafayette Sisko was a Starfleet officer who rose to prominence during his assignment as the commanding officer of the space station Deep Space 9 in the Bajor sector from 2369 to 2375. He gained a place in Bajoran religion when he discovered the Bajoran wormhole and was celebrated as the Emissary of the Prophets by the Bajoran people. He later played a pivotal role in the conflict with the Dominion. (Star Trek: Deep Space Nine)

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