Sci-Fi Lost a Hero Today
Dorothy Catherine Fontana, also known as D.C. Fontana, a writer known for her work on the original "Star Trek" episodes as well as later versions of the franchise, has died at 80.
Deadline notes that Fontana was the first female writer for "Star Trek," a big accomplishment in a field dominated by men.
A Pioneer In the Field
Even if you weren't an avid sci-fi fan, you were aware of her name, since it appeared often in a show's credits.
She was known for writing or co-writing "Star Trek" episodes like "Yesteryear," "This Side Of Paradise" and "Journey To Babel," the latter of which included the first appearance of Spock's parents, Sarek and Amanda.
William Shatner Expressed Condolences
William Shatner, who played Captain James T. Kirk on the original "Star Trek," wrote that Fontana was "a pioneer. Her work will continue to influence for generations to come."
Besides writing for the original "Star Trek," Fontana contributed episodes to spinoffs "Star Trek: Deep Space Nine," "Babylon 5," "Star Trek: The Next Generation," and "Star Trek: New Voyages."
Fontana wrote episodes for plenty of other sci-fi action television shows too, like "Buck Rogers In the 25th Century," 1988's "War Of the Worlds," and "The Six Million Dollar Man."
Her writing credits also include stints on "Bonanza," "The Waltons," and "Dallas."
Nimoy Noted Her Influence
Her Wikipedia page notes that Leonard Nimoy, who played the half-Vulcan, half-human Spock on the original "Star Trek," credits her with fostering the Vulcan culture in the franchise.
Live long and prosper, Ms. Fontana.