Judith Evelyn Reeves-Stevens (born 1953), together with her husband Garfield Reeves-Stevens, is one of Star Trek’s best-selling original book writers. Together, the Reeves-Stevens’ wrote or co-wrote five episodes of Star Trek: Enterprise’s fourth season. Being Star Trek: The Original Series fans, the couple had already written several fully licensed reference books on the subject of Star Trek previously, prior to becoming officially involved with the live-action franchise.
She, along with her husband, officially joined the production staff of an actual Star Trek production, Enterprise’s fourth season, at the insistence of producers Manny Coto and Michael Sussman, who needed writers imbued with a deep sense of original Star Trek lore to repair the perceived shortcomings original producers Rick Berman and Brannon Braga had left. By the time the series concluded its third season, it arguably had become the most controversial of the television series, subject to inspired and vehement criticism of fans – and, as it turned out after-the-fact, by production staffers as well – for its perceived violations in established continuity. With both producers held responsible for the quick loss of viewer-ship, Paramount and UPN indicated its cancellation and the apparent end of Berman’s tenure as the overseer of Star Trek productions with the approach of the end of the third season. Though remaining credited, Berman and Braga were indeed essentially relegated to the role of figurehead by the franchise at the end of the third season, and their places were de facto filled for the last season by Coto and Sussman, under whose tenure much of the perceived continuity violations was redressed, aided by writers such as Judith and her husband, who, like them, had an equally thorough understanding of Star Trek lore. While the writer’s couple contributed to a season that, as a whole, was generally well received, it did not save the series, as its cancellation had already been decided upon.