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(1939-2019) US author, primarily writing for Television; she was associated from the beginning with Star Trek, initially as Gene Roddenberry's secretary, eventually as the story editor of the first series for its first two seasons (after which she moved to freelance work elsewhere). At least two of her scripts, Star Trek: "This Side of Paradise" (1966 chap) and Star Trek: "Journey to Babel" (1967 chap), have received limited book release. Fontana also wrote scripts for Star Trek: The Next Generation (1987-1994), Star Trek: Deep Space Nine (1993-1999) and such offshoots of the main franchise as Star Trek: The Animated Series (1973-1974), of which she was again story editor. She later contributed Vulcan's Glory (1989) to the long series of Star Trek novelizations. At least one character in the overall Star Trek universe – K C Hunter in Star Trek: Deep Space Nine – was apparently based on her.
Her novelization The Questor Tapes (1974) is based on a series pilot written by Gene Roddenberry and Gene L Coon, who created Star Trek, and released as The Questor Tapes. It tells of the creation of an Android who eventually plans to combat evil in secret. The pilot did not lead to a series. Fontana was later story editor for the two television series The Fantastic Journey (1977) and Logan's Run (1977-1978), and scripted one episode of each. She also wrote a number of television episodes for other sf series including Babylon 5 (1993-1998), Buck Rogers in the 25th Century (1979-1981), Earth: Final Conflict (1997-2002), Land of the Lost (1974-1977) and The Six Million Dollar Man (1973-1978). [JC/DRL]
see also: War of the Worlds.
born Sussex, New Jersey: 25 March 1939
died Los Angeles, California: 2 December 2019
Entry from The Encyclopedia of Science Fiction (2011-current) edited by John Clute and David Langford.
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