D.C. Fontana, the pioneering TV author who considerably formed the “Star Trek” universe, specifically the character of Spock and his dwelling planet, Vulcan, has died at 80.
Fontana died Monday evening after a quick sickness, the American Movie Institute, the place Fontana was a senior lecturer, stated in an announcement. CBS Studios and the “Star Trek” manufacturing firm confirmed the announcement.
No additional particulars have been made public.
Dorothy Catherine Fontana — she used her initials, “D.C.,” so producers throughout the 1960s would not know she was a girl — was maybe second solely to Gene Roddenberry, the collection’ creator, in molding the sprawling “Star Trek” story-telling empire.
Fontana, the primary feminine author on the present, wrote or co-wrote among the most notable episodes of the unique collection, which ran from 1966 to 1969, and, with Roddenberry, co-wrote the pilot for its revival as “Star Trek: The Subsequent Technology” in 1987.
“The galaxy will miss you,” Dan and Kevin Hageman, the builders of a CBS/Nickelodeon animated “Star Trek” collection scheduled to debut subsequent yr, stated on Twitter.
Michael Okuda, a graphic designer on a number of of the “Star Trek” properties starting within the 1980s, stated he was “heartbroken.”
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“Dorothy Fontana brought humanity to the world of Star Trek,” Okuda stated Tuesday on Twitter, including: “Star Trek’s universe simply bought a bit bit smaller with the passing of D.C. Fontana.”
Fontana began as Roddenberry’s secretary when he created the TV collection “The Lieutenant,” which ran for one season. When he created “Star Trek,” he assigned her to write down the teleplay for the collection’ second episode, “Charlie X,” a couple of teenage boy with particular powers who creates chaos aboard the usEnterprise after he’s rescued from a crashed cargo ship.
Fontana was particularly important in growing the character of Mr. Spock, the half-Vulcan, half-human science officer who struggles to repress his feelings.
“Spock kind of spoke to me due to his problematic inside,” she stated in a 2016 interview with the SyFy community. “‘How do I be a Vulcan? How do I be a human?'”
Fontana additional fleshed out Spock within the episode “Journey to Babel,” which launched the characters of his Vulcan father and his human mom, who would seem all through the “Star Trek” tales personifying the warring halves of their son’s inside life.
“I started to invest what sort of Vulcan would marry a human, what sort of relationship did they’ve to one another and to their son,” she said in an interview throughout the early 2000s with the comedian e-book historian Marv Wolfman.
When, after virtually 20 years, Roddenberry revived “Star Trek” on the small display underneath the title “The Subsequent Technology,” he personally assigned Fontana to develop the teleplay for the pilot, “Encounter at Farpoint.”
In a 2007 interview with Leisure Weekly, she stated she selected to incorporate an unannounced look by DeForest Kelley as Dr. McCoy from the unique collection “as a result of I believed we should always have a connection with the old show.”
Fontana wrote two extra episodes of “The Subsequent Technology,” together with episodes or tales for one more “Star Trek” spinoff, “Deep House 9,” in addition to “Star Trek” video video games and animated collection.
Her different credit included dozens of episodes of different collection, like “Bonanza,” “The Excessive Chaparral,” “Kung Fu,” “The Waltons” and “Dallas.” However her major work was in science fiction.
Along with the “Star Trek” franchise, she was credited with writing or co-writing quite a few episodes of “The Six Million Greenback Man,” “The Implausible Journey,” “Buck Rogers within the 25th Century,” “The Warfare of the Worlds,” “Babylon 5,” “Earth: Closing Battle” and, notably, “Logan’s Run,” for which she was the story editor.
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Her final writing credit score was for “To Serve All My Days,” a 2006 episode of the online collection “Star Trek: New Voyages,” through which Walter Koenig reprised his function as Chekhov from the unique “Star Trek” collection and films.
In recent times, Fontana had been a senior lecturer on the American Movie Institute. She was twice awarded lifetime honors by the Writers Guild of America, in 1997 and 2002.
She is survived by her husband, the Academy Award-winning visible results cinematographer Dennis Skotak.