In Larry Niven and Jerry Pournelle’s Footfall (1985), a group of science fiction writers are gathered up by the US government to act as advisers in dealing with contacting (at first) and then the subsequent war with the Fithp. IIRC, they called themselves the Dreaming Fithp after an alien is captured and turned over to them for study (but it soon becomes a colleague).
In the book, some of the writers are based on actual writers from the day, such as Niven, Pournelle and Robert Heinlein, although they of course have different names in the the story.
So thirty years later, astronomers find an object coming into the solar system that is obviously under intelligent control. [In our world today, not in a continuation of Footfall.] Who do you think we should put on a new team of writers to help communicate with them, and possible act as technical advisers in the unfortunate event that they prove unfriendly?
My choices for active authors now are the Three Bs : Steven Baxter, David Brin and Gregory Benford. They seem to have all developed plausible alien societies in their own books. And add C J Cherryh, because I still think that her Foreigner series has the most believable alien/human interactions ever written.