Star Trek: The Next Generation

I grew up on science fiction because my brother loved it and forced me to read it. And then I grew up on the original Star Trek, which no one forced me to watch and which I loved. It never occurred to me then that I’d be able to participate in that Universe as a grown-up writer. It was challenging, exciting, stressful and sometimes satisfying. Gene Roddenberry ultimately made me kill Tasha Yar, which was a big deal back then. Her funeral scene was well-received – years later, when the CFO of the Dodgers found out I wrote it, he showed me his phone: he had quotes from that monologue and carried them with him everywhere. That was nice.