Where Silence Has Lease


Where Silence Has Lease

Charting a previously unexplored section of the galaxy, the Enterprise is trapped in an inky blackness. An even inkier blackness than the void of space through which she normally cruises. It is governed by a being who is very interested in humans. Mostly how they die. Man looks in the abyss and finds Where Silence Has Lease in the Mission Log.

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