Star Trek: Voyager (1995–2001)
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During their now regular communications with Earth and Starfleet, the Doctor sends a holonovel too closely based on his adventures on Voyager, causing hurt feelings among his crew.



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
... Captain Kathryn Janeway / Captain Jenkins
... Chakotay / Commander Katanay
... B'Elanna Torres / Lt. Torrey
... Tom Paris / Lt. Marseilles
... Neelix
... The Doctor / EMH Mark I
... Tuvok / Tulak
... Seven of Nine / Three of Eight / Two of Three
... Harry Kim / Ensign Kymble
... Admiral Owen Paris
... Arden Broht
... Federation Arbitrator
Lorinne Vozoff ... Irene Hansen
Juan Garcia ... John Torres (as Juan García)
... John Kim


During their now regular communications with Earth and Starfleet, the Doctor sends a holonovel too closely based on his adventures on Voyager, causing hurt feelings among his crew. Written by laird-3

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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


This is one of the few episodes of Voyager in which the Occupation of Bajor is mentioned. See more »


Captain Janeway congratulates Lieutenant Barclay for the first intergalactic com link; however, it is not the first one. The first one was in Star Trek: Voyager: Pathfinder when Barclay breaks into the lab in order to do just that. See more »


[first lines]
The Doctor: In the beginning, there is darkness, the emptiness of a matrix waiting for the light. Then, a single photon flares into existence, then another. Soon, thousands more. Optronic pathways connect, subroutines emerge from the chaos, and a holographic consciousness is born. I awaken into this world fully programed, yet completely innocent, unaware of the hardships I'll endure, or the great potential I will one day fulfill. - Computer, save revisions and open Chapter One.
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References Star Trek: The Next Generation (1987) See more »


Star Trek: Voyager - Main Title
Written by Jerry Goldsmith
Performed by Jay Chattaway
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Super Episode! Open Your Mind. Empathize With What Other People Are/Might Be Living With...
21 June 2016 | by See all my reviews

I won't give much away (I usually strive not to with my IMDb reviews, as I prefer to speak in terms of how media makes me feel, while also discussing matters of logic/good writing). But I have to agree with the two positive reviewers of this episode. I find it kind of strange that two people reviewed it so positively, and that two reviewed it soooo negatively! "Author, Author" is a great episode! What needs to be said, is said. And the resultant decision and consequences at the end of the episode are believable and well written.

Just so you know, this is a funny and very touching episode, in equal measure. Seven gets to make more of a connection to reclaiming her humanity, too. So, it's not all about the Doctor.

There are certain parallels occurring even now, in 2016, with regard to acceptance of certain sexual and gender orientations - which this episode strikes a chord with, if you ask me. Not that it covers these topics, per say, but its points can easily be carried through and onto such subjects, and highlight them (for anybody with an empathic enough, and wise enough heart/mind).

When I saw this episode, it again served as a reminder and question of "Just how many times does the Human Race need to make the EXACT SAME MISTAKES over something/somebody which/who is "different" or against "the norm" - how many times does it need to go on the "Witch Hunt" - before it finally grows a gosh darn BRAIN, and learns its lesson!?".

I highly recommend that you watch and enjoy this episode of Voyager (I am sure the latter is an inevitability). And hope that you give that question above some major thought. Because, what are we, if we can't empathize, and put ourselves in the shoes of another? The answer, is NOTHING. Live Long, And Prosper...

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