I was so impressed by it that I had to IMDB the writer, Michael Taylor. As it turns out, he also wrote my other favorite episode of the series, In The Pale Moonlight, a brilliant political intrigue story that really ripped Trek's shiny utopian vision a new one.
After DS9, he followed Michael and Shawn Piller to their new Stephen King-inspired show The Dead Zone, which I've watched a little of here and there. I've tracked down all the episodes he wrote of that show and am putting that next on my viewing slate.
But I couldn't stop there. Because for its third season, DS9 alum Ronald Moore recruited Taylor to write for his Battlestar Galactica remake. I'm not sure why I've avoided Battlestar for so long, but it's up there with The Wire for sheer number of brushed away personal endorsements from friends. So, after the Dead Zone episodes, I'm finally going to dive into that little epic.