A pioneering woman in the male-dominated field of television writing, Dorothy Catherine "D. C." Fontana rightfully earned her place as one of the most revered contributors to the longest-running science fiction franchise of all time. Getting her start as a secretary for several television screenwriters, Fontana had the good fortune to take a job with producer Gene Roddenberry in the mid-1960s. It was in this position that she was given an early glimpse at a story concept that would become "Star Trek" (NBC, 1966-69), while it was her talent as a writer that made her one of the show's most influential creative voices. Even after the cancellation of the as yet to be recognized cultural phenomenon, she continued to work with Roddenberry on such projects as "Star Trek: The Animated Adventures (NBC, 1973-75) and its popular revival spin-off, "Star Trek: The Next Generation" (syndicated, 1987-94). Even though she frequently wrote for other non-"Trek" properties over the years, Fontana would always be most closely associated with the space adventure franchise, leading to endeavors like the comic book miniseries Star Trek: Year Four - The Enterprise Experiment. In a career that helped shape television science fiction for more than four decades, Fontana won the hearts and minds of generations of Trekkies everywhere.