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'Star Trek' Writer D.C. Fontana Dies at Age of 80

D.C. Fontana
D.C. Fontana (Image credit: StarTrek.com)

"Star Trek (opens in new tab)" writer/producer Dorothy Catherine "D.C." Fontana has died at the age of 80 following a brief illness, according to StarTrek.com.

Fontana is best known as one of Star Trek's foundational writers, working with creator Gene Roddenberry on the original series and establishing key franchise elements such as Vulcan culture. She wrote 10 episodes of the original series, and was its story editor. She was brought back for "Star Trek: The Next Generation," co-writing the pilot with Roddenberry and going on to solo write episodes of that series and "Deep Space Nine."

In 2008, IDW Publishing recruited Fontana to write a comic book sequel to her "Star Trek" episode "The Enterprise Incident" titled "Star Trek: Year Four — The Enterprise Experiment (opens in new tab)."

Other shows Fontana wrote for include "Babylon 5," "Ben Casey," "Bonanza," "The Six Million Dollar Man," "Logan's Run," "He-Man & The Masters of the Universe," and "Beast Wars: Transformers." Most recently she was a senior lecturer at the American Film Institute.

She is survived by her husband Dennis Skotak.

Originally published on Newsarama

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Chris Arrant
Chris Arrant

Newsarama Senior Editor Chris Arrant has covered comic book news for Space.com sister site Newsarama since 2003, and has also written for USA Today, Life, Entertainment Weekly, Publisher's Weekly, Marvel Entertainment, TOKYOPOP, AdHouse Books, Cartoon Brew, Bleeding Cool, Comic Shop News and CBR. He is the author of the book "Modern Masters: Cliff Chiang," co-authored "Art of Spider-Man Classic," and contributed to Dark Horse/Bedside Press' anthology "Pros and (Comic) Cons." He has acted as a judge for the Will Eisner Comic Industry Awards, the Harvey Awards and the Stan Lee Awards. Chris is a member of the American Library Association's Graphic Novel & Comics Round Table. (He/him)