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Peter Allan Fields, the screenwriter responsible for some of the most poignant and powerful episodes of Star Trek TNG and Star Trek DS9, died this week.

Credits included the multi-award winning TNG: The Inner Light as well as TNG: Cost of Living, TNG: Half a Life, DS9: The Dogs of War, DS9: For the Uniform and DS9: In the Pale Moonlight, widely regarded as the single best episode of the show.

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In his earlier career, he served as a Marine in Korea (allegedly lying about his age to allow him to join at the age of 16), became a POW and was released when his captors found out his real age. After graduating law school on the GI Bill, he provided writing talent for numerous shows ranging from Man from UNCLE and The Six Million Dollar Man through to Knight Rider and Xena: Warrior Princess.

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  • Wow, what a legacy! Inner Light and Half a Life are superb Trek outings. As for In The Pale Moonlight , that is IMHO, the darkest outing in Trek history (in a very good way). RIP. – Helbent IV Jun 27 '19 at 6:22
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    @HelbentIV - Yup. He wrote the two best episodes of both series – Valorum Jun 27 '19 at 6:24

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