This being all things related to science fiction, how could I not include, Gene Roddenberry (1921-1991), the creator of Star Trek?
The story goes like this...Before Star Trek, Gene Roddenberry was at one time a police officer for the Los Angeles Police Department where he began writing scripts for television. His early work includes Highway Patrol, and Have Gun - Will Travel before creating and producing The Lieutenant (1963) whose main character is Second Lieutenant William Tiberius Rice. (hmm, makes me wonder if he had a fondness for the name Tiberius...?) In 1964 Roddenberry created Star Trek and although the show only lasted for three seasons, syndication found the show a wider audience and the rest, as they say is history. I have watched all the shows - from the original Star Trek to Star Trek: Enterprise (my least favorite) - to every single movie, and I am greatly looking forward to Into Darkness, which releases next month.