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.


David Livingston


Gene Roddenberry (based upon "Star Trek" created by), Rick Berman (created by) | 5 more credits »




Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Kate Mulgrew ... Captain Kathryn Janeway / Captain Jenkins
Robert Beltran ... Chakotay / Commander Katanay
Roxann Dawson ... B'Elanna Torres / Lt. Torrey
Robert Duncan McNeill ... Tom Paris / Lt. Marseilles
Ethan Phillips ... Neelix
Robert Picardo ... The Doctor / EMH Mark I
Tim Russ ... Tuvok / Tulak
Jeri Ryan ... Seven of Nine / Three of Eight / Two of Three
Garrett Wang ... Harry Kim / Ensign Kymble
Richard Herd ... Admiral Owen Paris
Barry Gordon ... Arden Broht
Joseph Campanella ... Federation Arbitrator
Lorinne Vozoff Lorinne Vozoff ... Irene Hansen
Juan Garcia Juan Garcia ... John Torres (as Juan García)
Robert Ito ... 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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18 April 2001 (USA) See more »

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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


The Doctor mentions that Janeway has never executed any of his patients as far as he knows. This ignores the events of VOY: "Tuvix", where Janeway in one sense executed Tuvix. See more »


Admiral Paris reports the weather in San Fransisco to be cold and rainy. Then, when the live view of Earth is seen, there is no cloud cover over San Fransisco. The weather most likely would be cool and sunny. 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 grimdugaldSee 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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