Geoffrey Chaucer (c. 1343 – October 25, 1400) was a Human author, poet, philosopher, bureaucrat, courtier and diplomat. Although he wrote many works, he was best remembered for his unfinished frame narrative The Canterbury Tales.
James T. Kirk once referenced a line from "The Merchant's Tale," one of The Canterbury Tales, when he made a comment about a situation not being "Child's Play." A plague had wiped out all the adults on the planet Argylus, leaving the surviving children unable to live past the age of 13. (TOS comic: "Child's Play")
Tom Paris once had to recite Chaucer's The Canterbury Tales while a teenager. He recalled a line while examining ancient Klingon texts on Boreth and comparing B'Elanna Torres reading them to him reading Middle English. (VOY - Spirit Walk novel: Old Wounds)
- Chaucer's The Knight's Tale was quoted in the Star Trek Cookbook.