Women of Science Fiction: D.C. Fontana


Jan 4 2024 • 6 mins

D.C. Fontana (1939-2019) was the first female writer to work on Star Trek: The Original Series. Her commitment to character-driven storytelling helped shape the beloved franchise in its early days — especially the iconic half-human, half-Vulcan character Spock.

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