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Star Trek screenwriter passed away

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Screenwriter Dorothy Catherine Fontana died at the age of 80. Under the name D. C. Fontana, she co-wrote in dozens of episodes of Star Trek. In it she shaped the culture of the Vulcans and the Romulans, extraterrestrial peoples that were frequent in the science fiction series. For example, the legendary Mr Spock was a Vulcan.

In the late 1960s, D. Fontana was the author of episodes in The Original Series as Journey to Babel, in which the parents of Spock were introduced. Later, together with the creator of the series, Gene Roddenberry, Encounter at Farpoint, she wrote the first episode of “Star Trek: The Next Generation.”

Fontana was the pioneer for many female screenwriters. She chose D.C. for her initials so that her gender would not be noticed immediately. The American TV world was dominated by men at the time.

In addition to Star Trek, Fontana also contributed to hit series such as Bonanza, The Waltons, Six Million Dollar Man and Dallas. She died on December 2 after a short illness. Actor William Shatner (“Captain Kirk”) called her a pioneer, whose work will continue to influence future generations.

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