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The Human Factor was the last of 11 Star Trek: The Original Series audio productions released by Peter Pan Records. It was initially distributed in 1979 as an audio production along with three other stories. It was subsequently released on a solo record, and was the last of five Peter Pan productions without an accompanying comic book.


Log entries

Captain's log, stardate 96.024
It's been an exhausting, but rewarding, time for the starship Enterprise. Meeting intelligent dinosaurs, fighting a super-criminal, and defeating the Romulans has thrilled each and every one of us, but it has tired us out, too. So it is now a pleasure to comply with Starfleet Command's order to bring a new member of the Federation back to their home in the Garr system, while giving them a tour of our mighty ship. The ambassadors from the planet Garrus seem harmless enough, their child-like size and innocent faces have charmed almost everyone, but sometimes they seem just a little too harmless.



Pavel ChekovGardisGarminJames T. KirkLeonard McCoyMontgomery ScottSpockHikaru SuluFrank TankaNyota Uhura

Starships and vehicles

USS Enterprise (Constitution-class heavy cruiser) • shuttlecraft


Referenced only
Gamma III

Races and cultures

Referenced only

States and organizations

FederationStarfleet Command

Science and technology


Ranks and titles

ambassadorcriminaldoctorensignhigh priestlieutenantmasterpresidentscience officersecurity officer

Other references

Articles of the Federationbridgedinosauremotionengineeringgodhangar deckheresylanding partymileoceanplanetquartersrecreation roomred alertreligionsickbaysoulsteeltransporter roomVulcan nerve pinchwater



  • This was the final audio adventure of this series.
  • This story was first issued in a four-story set on the 15th Peter Pan record, then as a single record that was the 19th in the series, and then again collected with several other stories on the penultimate 22nd record of the run.
  • Although the various pressings of this recording used cover artwork depicting the cast in their new Star Trek: The Motion Picture uniform design of the 2270s decade , the ranks of characters in the story indicate a setting of the 2260s when the previous design would have been in use.
  • Recurring character Frank Tanka makes his final appearance here.
  • As in "Dinosaur Planet", Sulu is again erroneously referred to as ensign.


Related stories


Published Order
Previous story:
Dinosaur Planet
Peter Pan Records Next story:
Last story

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