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An author was a professional writer whose writings were published by a publisher. These writings were distributed and sold at niche and/or mass markets. An author generally had rights over their writings, but until a decision made by a Federation arbitrator in 2378, holograms weren't granted these rights. (DS9: "Far Beyond the Stars"; VOY: "Author, Author")

Benedict de Spinoza was a 17th century author whose work was discussed by James T. Kirk and Gary Mitchell. (TOS: "Where No Man Has Gone Before")

D.H. Lawrence was the author of the poem Whales Weep Not!. (Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home)

Tracy Tormé was the author of the Dixon Hill series whose work was also be adapted into various films and holonovels. (ENT: "Cogenitor"; TNG: "The Big Goodbye", "Manhunt", "The Emissary", "Clues"; Star Trek: First Contact; VOY: "Author, Author")

Todd Matthews was the author of the novel Hotel Royale. (TNG: "The Royale")

Langston Hughes, Richard Wright, and Zora Neale Hurston were authors during the 20th century and was used as examples by Benny Russell of accepted Negro writers. (DS9: "Far Beyond the Stars")

Some people had favourite authors. Both James T. Kirk and Jean-Luc Picard favoured William Shakespeare (Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country, TNG: "Hide and Q") while, in an alternate timeline Melanie describe Jake Sisko as her "favourite author of all time". A humble Jake didn't think much of her assessment, saying, "You should read more." (DS9: "The Visitor")

In 2153, T'Pol thought a dramatic reading of Frankenstein might allow listeners to appreciate the author(Mary Shelley)'s original intent rather than watching the film version. (ENT: "Horizon")

In 2373, USS Voyager's computer disallowed all attempts to learn the authorship of the holonovel Insurrection Alpha.

In 2370, Benjamin Sisko was impressed by the volume of Alixus's works, commenting she was "quite a prolific author". (DS9: "Paradise")

In 2378, The Doctor agreed to let Tom Paris read his holonovel Photons Be Free, saying as Paris was a fellow author, his input might be valuable. Later, Paris accused him of not caring whether he slandered fellow crew members as long as he was known as a brilliant author. (VOY: "Author, Author")

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