Captive Audience

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Title: Captive Audience
Author(s): Carle Johnson
Date(s): 1975
Genre: gen
Fandom: Star Trek: The Original Series
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Captive Audience is a Star Trek: TOS story by by Carle Johnson.

It was published in the print zine Berengaria #5.

Reactions and Reviews

A very peripherally ST story, but not bad. A young woman escapes overcrowded Earth to become a personal maid to the very nasty rich-bitch owner of a starliner, who strands her on a non-Federation world with no papers or belongings. She becomes the prisoner/assistant of the system's Emperor, who keeps suspending her mandatory sentence of death for being stateless. She warns him of the evil intentions of the woman who had been her employer with regard to a mining contract, and assists in forming a more advantageous treaty with the Fed. Said contract is negotiated by our boys who offer to take her home, but she prefers to stay with the Emperor, who promptly adopts her. [1]
'Captive Audience' presented a fascinating new heroine, Pharis. We meet her on a briefly glimpsed, crowded 23rd century Earth. She gets herself stranded on Vulcan II, and though originally a prisoner, manages to end up the adopted daughter of an Emperor who could easily become the newest sex symbol since Spock. There is no powerful or moral message to this story, a nice easy tale where the heroine wins in the end because she is good... sort of. It leaves you with a taste for more. [2]
I liked the spunk and drive the main character had. I'm glad she wasn't made out to be some kind of simpering mambie pambie female. The ending surprised me a little. I thought the emperor might marry her. [3]


  1. from Karen Halliday's Zinedex
  2. from The Halkan Council #13 (November 1975)
  3. from an LoC in "Berengaria" #8