One of the key Star Trek authors, who has brought as much to the table as any other creative force in the galaxy, has passed. Vonda McIntyre lost her battle against pancreatic cancer.
Science-fiction and fantasy author Vonda N. McIntyre succumbed to pancreatic cancer on April 1, 2019 at the age of 70, just weeks after her diagnosis. She died at her home in Seattle, Washington. The Nebula Award and Hugo Award winner wrote and edited numerous books and short stories, including the Star Trek tales The Entropy Effect and Enterprise: The First Adventure, as well as the novelizations for Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan, Star Trek III: The Search for Spock and Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home. She gave George Takei's character, Mr. Sulu, the first name 'Hikaru,' which later became canon.