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Sulu must quiet a world on the brink of civil war!

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Cacophony, the second Star Trek adventure created solely for audio, takes off in an explosion of ambisonic 3-D sound for the most elaborate Star Trek audio program ever.
On the planet Stentor, silence is not only golden; it is the key to maintaining peace in a world devastated by a great war. But that calm is shattered when a group known as the Ghazi create a new technology that intercepts old Earth radio signals and rebroadcasts them across the planet – each day the din growing ever more deafening. When Captain Sulu and the crew of the U.S.S. Excelsior are summoned to investigate subspace interference emanating from Stentor, Sulu and his communications officer Terra Spiro discover that the Ghazi believe the signals are the voices of the gods.
Now, Sulu must somehow convince the Ghazi – without violating the prime directive – that the transmissions are not a divine voice, before violence erupts on Stentor once again.
Enhanced with sound effects and an original score, Cacophony is the ultimate Star Trek audio experience.

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Memorable quotes Edit

"Cacophony: From the ancient Greek, literally meaning 'bad sound,' 'unpleasant,' 'inharmonious,' 'without coherence'."

- Mulligan, quoting the dictionary

"…I think a little 'R and R' might be in order. Navigator, plot a course for Wrigley's pleasure planet, warp factor 2."

- Sulu, after being cleared of charges

Background informationEdit

  • In the cover art, Sulu wears the proper white-colored turtleneck collar and uniform patches of the command department, which he would wear as Excelsior captain, but the jacket stripe shows a commander's rank pin rather than that of a captain.


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Hikaru Sulu (β)
Starfleet captain, Commanding officer, USS Excelsior
Stuart Mulligan 
Starfleet lieutenant commander, legal investigator, temporarily assigned to Starbase 12.
Mulligan's legal computer/assistant (not actually heard from, but referred to constantly in the story by Mulligan)
Terra Spiro (β)
Starfleet lieutenant, science officer/communications officer aboard Excelsior
Proconsul and spiritual leader of the Stentorians; head Sensorial
Stentorian technical wizard and self-styled prophet; leader of the "Ghazi religion"


USS Excelsior 
Federation starship
Flute trees 
Native flora to Stentor which play flute-like sounds when breeze rises though them; can be damaged by high-power sonic broadcasts
Religious sect who claim to be sensitive enough to hear "the breath of the Gods" and "the voices of the dead" in the "windsong" of the Flute Trees (presumably only one in seven Stentorians are sensitive enough to be Sensorials)
The Ghazi 
Followers of Ghazi and his re-transmitted radio broadcasts

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