D. C. Fontana
D. C. Fontana

She was with the franchise from the very start. The incomparable D. C. Fontana, who wrote some of the most-well known episodes of the Original Series, the Animated Series, the Next Generation, and Deep Space Nine, was one of the very first female writers to break into science fiction for television. 

Her given name was “Dorothy Catherine,” but she used the pseudonym “D. C.” in order to be taken seriously by the male-dominated business. 

D. C. wrote 11 episodes of TOS, including This Side of Paradise, and was a writer and associate producer on TAS. Her Yesteryear script was nominated for a Daytime Emmy and is widely considered one of the best episodes from the series.

Later, she and Trek creator Gene Roddenberry teamed up for the first TNG story — Encounter at Farpoint. She would co-write the DS9 episode “Dax.” 

She also wrote an episode of Star Trek: The New Voyages entitled ”To Serve All My Days.” This episode featured Trek alum Walter Koenig as Chekov. 

Fontana served on the Board of Directors for the Writers Guild of America, for which she was also a member, and was a part of the Television Academy and the American Film Institute.