We are sad to report the passing of Dorothy Catherine “D.C.” Fontana, the legendary writer of many of Star Trek’s best episodes. Fontana passed away at age 80 on December 2, 2019 following a short illness.
Fontana is credited with many episodes focusing on Vulcan culture and helped blaze a trail for female writers in SF television. She is the mind behind TOS episode “Journey to Babel,” which introduced Spock’s parents and The Animated Series episodes like “Yesteryear” which expanded on Spock’s youth and Vulcan culture. She co-wrote the Hugo Award nominated ST:TNG episode “Encounter at Farpoint” with Gene Rodenberry, and she continued to write for TNG and DS9.