Michael Piller, a huge influence on modern Star Trek as well as the co-creator of Dead Zone has died today from cancer.

Piller joined the TNG team in its third season, and is responsible for some standout episodes (“Best of Both Worlds”, “Ensign Ro”, and “Unification”). He co-created both DS9 and Voyager and wrote a number of episodes for both including both pilots and the controversial Voyager episode “Death Wish.”

In an age of lackluster Star Trek, this is a loss that is heavily felt in our community.