Karen Yeager
Fictional Character
POD: May 30, 1942
Appearance(s): Second Contact
Homeward Bound
Type of Appearance: Direct (POV in HB only)
Species: Human
Nationality: United States
Date of Birth: c. 1943
Occupation: Student, Receptionist, Scientist, Explorer, Diplomat
Spouse: Jonathan Yeager
Children: Richard and Bruce
Relatives: Sam Yeager (father-in-law)

Mickey and Donald ("brothers-in-law")

Professional Affliations: Borogove Engineering (1965)

Karen Yeager (nee Culpepper) was the wife of Jonathan Yeager. The two began to date in high school in the 1960s, when they were both deeply into Race Mimicking. They went to UCLA afterwards. However, Jonathan's studies were put on hold when he was trapped on the Race starship, 127th Emperor Hetto, in orbit during the Race-German War of 1965. While there, he had a fling with Kassquit. Although a bit miffed by this, Karen married Jonathan soon after the explosive-metal bombing of Indianapolis and the suicide of President Earl Warren, both of which were blamed by the public on Jonathan's father Sam Yeager.

In the late 1960s, Karen worked as a receptionist at Borogove Engineering.

After the death of Jonathan's mother and the entry into cold sleep of his father, Karen and Jonathan took over the care of his Lizard foster brothers Donald and Mickey. Eventually, they had two sons, Richard and Bruce. She and Jonathan went into cold sleep in 1994, and were both on board the Admiral Peary when it left for Home.

The Yeagers awakened on the Peary in 2031, as the ship prepared to arrive at Home.