The Dictates of Poetics was a book by the Vulcan author T'Hain.

Regarding the expansion of the holo-program Insurrection Alpha in 2373, Tuvok argued that according to this text, "A character's actions must flow inexorably from his or her established traits." Paris, on the contrary, felt that "I do know what makes a good story – and that's unexpected plot twists." (VOY: "Worst Case Scenario")

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