Star Trek wouldn't be Star Trek without her. She wrote many of the best episodes, helped develop the universe and gave us that series that we have loved for decades now.

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  • What a badass name. Sounds like she should be in a western. #RIP Dec 5, 2019 at 17:28
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    @DCOPTimDowd - her name was Dorothy, but she wrote as "D.C" to keep from getting scripts rejected from her earliest gigs: westerns. "I was being turned down for interviews. They were saying 'I don't think a woman can write this show. I'd say 'but I've got six credits on westerns. Why don't you think I can write this?' The answer was always the same: writers for television came with first names like Gene, Sam, and Rod - not Dorothy. And so the pen name of D.C. Fontana was born" - 'These Are the Voyages: Season 1" - Marc Cushman
    – NKCampbell
    Dec 6, 2019 at 18:54
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    On a tangentially related note, Robert Walker, jr. who was the guest star in the classic TOS episode "Charlie X" (that Fontana wrote) passed away on Dec. 5th.
    – Helbent IV
    Dec 10, 2019 at 14:42
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    @DCOPTimDowd And to add to what NKCambell said, in general female authors used initials to hide their gender from editors, agents, fans and others. I mean, look at J.K. Rowling. I mean check out this list of authors who use initials instead of full names; lots of men but also tons of women. More discussion on women pretending to be men in science fiction to get their work published can be found here. Dec 15, 2019 at 7:14


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