Remembering Star Trek writer Peter Allan Fields


Peter Allan Fields, who wrote some of the most loved and enduring episodes of The Next Generation and Deep Space Nine, has passed away.

On Wednesday Star Trek lost one of the greats as it was reported that Peter Allan Fields, who worked on both Star Trek: The Next Generation and Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, passed away. The news was first revealed by Ira Steven Behr on Twitter, who worked with Fields on DS9.

Fields was an industry legend and one of the most well nown names in television in the 1970s and 80s. He got his start on working on The Man from U.N.C.L.E. when he became dissatisfied with his work as a lawyer.

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From there he worked on a number of iconic shows, including Jake and the Fatman, McCloud, The Six Million Dollar Man, Knight Rider, Xena: Warrior Princess and Legend, which was produced by fellow Star Trek writer Michael Piller.

However, some of his most notable work came on Star Trek, where he wrote of co-wrote a total of 13 episodes of the two series. He also worked as a producer on Deep Space Nine during the show’s first two seasons.

His credits on Star Trek include “Half a Life,” and “Cost of Living” for TNG as well as “Dax,” “Duet,” “Blood Oath,” “In the Pale Moonlight” and “The Dogs of War,” for DS9. Just from that list alone it would be easy to say that Fields had a hand in some of the most important moments in either series. But he also co-wrote “The Inner Light,” widely regarded as one of the greatest episodes of Star Trek ever produced.

Fields received a Hugo Award in the category Best Dramatic Presentation for his work on “The Inner Light” which he shared with Morgan Gendel and Peter Lauritson.

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Please join Redshirts in extending our condolences to Fields’ family, friends and anyone who he touched with his work. Rest in peace.