D.C. Fontana, 1939-2019

A serious woman in a suit

Dorothy Fontana isn’t quite the household name that Gene Roddenberry is, but if you watch enough pre-2000 scifi, you’ll discover that there’s a subtle and pleasant flavor to certain episodes, here and there. For me, it always tastes like the original Star Trek, regardless of it’s Babylon 5 or the short-lived Logan’s Run series or the troubled Earth: Final Conflict. That flavor is the work of D.C. Fontana, who passed away this week at the age of 80.

Thanks for the good times, Dorothy. Requiescat in Pace.

Joshua Young

Joshua M. Young lives in Columbus, Ohio with his wife, son, and two more feral cats than the optimal number of feral cats. (That is, zero.) He holds a Master of Divinity from Ashland Theological Seminary, and yes, he's quite aware that writing this kind of stuff isn't exactly what you'd expect from a trained theologian. A life long lover of science fiction and fantasy, one of his earliest memories involves some confusion with a Klingon Bird of Prey and an X-Wing in the middle of a theater showing The Search for Spock, and, once upon a time, he could select the desired Robotech novel from his bookshelf, in the dark, by the feel of its spine. (Don't ask why that was a necessary skill. He couldn't tell you.) He has been published in numerous anthologies, including Planetary: Mercury, Planetary: Venus, and Tales of the Once and Future King.

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  • “Pressing F.”

    She was one of the greats. Farewell, to a master of the craft.

    Nate Winchester 2 months ago Reply


  • […] been a rough week for Star Trek. Veteran writer D.C. Fontana passed away, and now Rene Auberjonois, who played Odo in Deep Space Nine has succumbed to metastatic lung […]

    René Auberjonois, 1940-2019 - Superversive SF 1 month ago Reply


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