D. C. Fontana has numerous credits as a writer on such diverse television series as STAR TREK, BONANZA, THE BIG VALLEY, HIGH CHAPARRAL, LONESOME DOVE, BABYLON 5, STAR TREK ANIMATED, STAR TREK – THE NEXT GENERATION, STAR TREK DS 9, THE WALTONS, THE STREETS OF SAN FRANCISCO, and DALLAS. She has served as story editor on the original STAR TREK series, FANTASTIC JOURNEY and LOGAN’S RUN, as Associate Producer on STAR TREK ANIMATED and STAR TREK-THE NEXT GENERATION, and as Producer on a series of science fiction comedy sketches for Galaxy Online. She has written children’s shows, science fiction, Westerns, action adventure, mysteries, animation, and interactive games. She is a member of Mystery Writers of America, Romance Writers of America, the Writers Guild of America, west, and Writers Guild of Canada.
Dorothy was nominated for a Writers Guild Award in 1969 for her THEN CAME BRONSON script, “Two Percent of Nothing;” and she won a Filmcon (Science Fiction Movie Convention) Award for her STAR TREK ANIMATED script, “Yesteryear.” Both her SIX MILLION DOLLAR MAN scripts, “The Rescue of Athena One” and “Straight On ‘Til Morning,” were nominated for Filmcon Awards. In 1987 she wrote the two-hour premiere episode of STAR TREK-THE NEXT GENERATION, “Encounter at Farpoint,” which was nominated for science fiction’s Hugo Award in 1988.
In 1997 and again in 2002 Dorothy was honored with a Writers Guild Morgan Cox Award for service to the Guild. She was twice elected as a member of the Board of Directors of the Guild and has served on many committees. In August 2001 Dorothy was inducted into the American Screenwriters Association Hall of Fame. In December 2006 she was inducted into the “SHE MADE IT” program of the Museum of Television & Radio (now The Paley Center for Media), a program honoring outstanding women in radio and television. She has taught television and film writing at the American Film Institute since 1998.
Dorothy has published three novels, THE BRAZOS RIVER (with Harry Sanford), THE QUESTOR TAPES, and VULCAN’S GLORY, an original series novel. A short story titled “Cut To: Murder” is included in the mystery anthology MURDER IN LOS ANGELES, published by William Morrow.
She has been married to Oscar-winning visual effects cinematographer Dennis Skotak since 1981.
D. C. Fontana is appearing courtesy of a co-sponsorship with the United Federation of Phoenix.
The United Federation of Phoenix is the southwest’s (and one of America’s) oldest Star Trek and science fiction fan organization, continuously operating since 1975. The club meets every two weeks at various locations around the Phoenix metropolitan area. As a group the UFP have picnics, go to museums, watch science fiction, see movies, play games, as well as other things. The UFP also have a monthly newsletter, Subspace Chatter, which highlights science fiction and sci-fi media happenings, as well as other events that pertain to fandom.
The United Federation of Phoenix will be celebrating STAR TREK’s 50th Anniversary with fandom at LepreCon this year.
For more information on the United Federation of Phoenix visit their website at http://www.u-f-p.org/