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The Crier in Emptiness was the third of 11 TOS stories produced by Peter Pan Records. It was initially released in 1975 as an audio production along with two other stories. It was subsequently packaged by itself accompanied by a 20-page comic book. This was the third of seven stories set during Captain James T. Kirk’s first five-year mission aboard the USS Enterprise and the second of six with an associated comic book.

In this story, the crew were visited by a non-corporeal entity composed of pure sound.


Ad for TOS record #1
The crew of the Enterprise in a trio of exciting adventures on a long-playing 33 1/3 RPM disc! You’ll be on the edge of your seat for the “Passage to Moauv,” weep for “The Crier in Emptiness,” and drink in “In Vino Veritas”! High-quality recordings, with no “warp factor”!


Captain's log, stardate 5444.9: The Enterprise is on a charting run through the partially explored Moran sector. Since this region seems relatively devoid of suns and planets, we expect to be finished here in a few days. Kirk out.
Captain's log, supplementary: The mysterious music has been with us for three days now and gives indications of increasing rather than abating. Every effort to locate some source for the sounds has proven futile. We are no closer to an explanation than we were days ago.



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Christine Chapel

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Moran sector

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Published Order
Previous story:
In Vino Veritas
Peter Pan Records Next story:
The Time Stealer
Previous story:
In Vino Veritas
Stories by:
Alan Dean Foster
Next story:
To Starve a Fleaver

Production history

  • The Crier in Emptiness was first released in 1975 on Peter Pan TOS record #1 of 23, a 33-rpm LP, along with Passage to Moauv and In Vino Veritas.
  • It was repackaged in 1975 as a solo story on 45-rpm record #6 accompanied by a 20-page comic book printed on thicker, whiter paper than was normal for comics at that time.
  • Subsequent record re-releases in 1979 had cover imagery from TOS movie: The Motion Picture. The audio appeared on records #11 and 22 and the audio/comic on records #12 and #13.
  • The audio/comic was also released on audio cassette together with Passage to Moauv in 1979.




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