Mother, father, engineer, ambassador, scientist, statesman, serial killer, Starfleetofficer: At one time, Dax has been all of those things and more. The near-immortal part of a composite species known as the Trill, Dax is a sentient, worm-like symbiont joined body and mind to a succession of humanoid hosts, carrying the memories of each lifetime into the next. Each incarnation is different. Each has its own personality, its own triumphs, its own tragedies, its own dreams. And each one is… Dax.
Marco Palmieri commented "How could I ignore the storytelling possibilities implicit in the Dax character? The potential not only to flesh out its past lives, but to explore the ways in which they've always played a part in the Star Trek universe? (Star Trek: Communicator, issue #126, p. 60)
The Lives of Dax was originally published under the Star Trek logo. The reprint featured the Star Trek: Deep Space Nine "relaunch" logo.