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Greg Kirkman
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Posted: 03 December 2019 at 1:59pm | IP Logged | 1 post reply

https://www.hollywoodreporter.com/heat-vision/dc-fontana-dea d-pioneering-star-trek-writer-was-80-1259207


A great loss. She was a brilliant writer and story editor, and instrumental in fleshing out the character of Spock, as well as making TOS such a great show.
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Jonathan A. Dowdell
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Posted: 03 December 2019 at 2:25pm | IP Logged | 2 post reply

I don't think I ever realized how young she was when she was working on Trek. 

Sad news. 
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Rebecca Jansen
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Posted: 03 December 2019 at 3:12pm | IP Logged | 3 post reply

Boldly gone. r.i.p. Ms. Fontana, and thanks for the memories. :^(


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John Byrne

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Posted: 03 December 2019 at 3:44pm | IP Logged | 4 post reply

My 18 year old self was much surprised to learn the D stood for Dorothy. A woman writing science-fiction?!?

Saddened to learn of this.

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Marc Baptiste
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Posted: 03 December 2019 at 5:16pm | IP Logged | 5 post reply

A favorite of mine!  Very sorry to hear of her passing.

Marc
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Rebecca Jansen
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I remember being surprised to see Andre Norton looked a lot like one of my grandmothers, so can imagine some Star Trek viewers were (pleasantly) surprised meeting D.C. Fontana for the first time back in the day. I remember not knowing one of my favorite writers in the magazines, James Tiptree Jr., was a she.
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Matt Reed
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Posted: 04 December 2019 at 6:46am | IP Logged | 7 post reply

I've known her name for as long as I can remember.  So many great stories and such an impact on the genre both as a trailblazer and as just a damn good writer.

Sorry to learn of her passing.
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Peter Martin
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Posted: 04 December 2019 at 11:15am | IP Logged | 8 post reply

What a huge influence on Star Trek she had. A sad loss indeed.

Edited to add: if I visualise 'D.C. Fontana' in big yellow letters on a screen, I automatically hear Star Trek cues.


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Marten van Wier
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Really sad to hear that she has passed on, without her we would not have the classic ST as it is now.

Someone on Youtube commented that a lot of Trek fans think that Roddenberry was the sole visionary behind Star Trek, some not even knowing who the other people were that worked on it.

I wonder what she would have thought of New Visions, stories such as The Hollow Man.
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John Byrne

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Posted: 06 December 2019 at 7:48am | IP Logged | 10 post reply

I would hope she'd have seen that story as I intended, as an extension of "This Side of Paradise" that doesn't write over anything of hers. (Slightly ironic, since she re-wrote the original script for that episode to the extent Jerry Sohl had his name taken off it.)
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Doug Centers
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Posted: 06 December 2019 at 8:57am | IP Logged | 11 post reply

Sorry to hear.

Besides some of my TOS favorites, she also wrote my favorite TAS episode; "Yeasteyear".
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Rebecca Jansen
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The Yesteryear story focusing on Spock won awards at the time.
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