Pure Fiction But We Wish It Was Real: H is for Holodeck

The holodeck on the Starship Enterprise is one of the most fascinating places where stories have taken place.

Crew members fell in love with the characters.

Captains used it for escape.

Engineers used it to answer more difficult questions and run simulations.

Court cases were heard and run within their walls.

Villains used it to entrap members of the crew.

Overall, it’s the amusement park of space. Do you have a favorite holodeck episode?

How about the one where Data becomes Sherlock Holmes?

Did you see the one where Riker falls in love with Minuet?

Were you there when Barclay’s holoaddiction is discovered?

Did it freak you out when Janeway’s holodeck characters are roaming around the ship?

How emotional was the end when the holographic Doctor created a family?

I could go on but this is supposed to be short. No doubt you have your favorites.

Here’s the question I’d like to pose: 

Do you believe VR rooms like the holodeck are going to become the primary means of entertainment in the future and why or why not?

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T.S. Valmond is the science fiction and young adult fantasy author of The Bolaji Kingdoms Series and The Verity Chronicles. As an award-winning poet, world traveler, and sign language interpreter she uses her experiences to fuel her stories. She’s a regular contributor to the website and founder of the Riders & Flyers group.


  1. Hey, I have just written a children’s book about it! 🙂 Kids on a school excursion to the local public holodeck to study the Terracotta Warriors are stuck in the entertainment version of the program and find themselves confronting the loonie Emperor whose tomb those were made for…

    Theoretically replicators are possible and I’d say a holdeck would be based on that tech. I doubt if it will ever get that elaborate, though. I can see it as a sort of education and VR entertainment.

    I Is For Imaginary Plants


    1. Wha-what!? That’s awesome, Sue! I read a story years ago where school children use virtual reality for education, but VR would be sweet.

  2. I totally wish holodecks were real, and also think that, if they were real, there is some danger that we’d become addicted and never want to leave. VR has already improved a lot in my lifetime, though, so maybe someday! On a busy day, though, what I really want is a replicator to make my dinner and cup of tea! @mirymom1 from
    Balancing Act

    1. Agreed! We barely get stuff done as it is. But replicator…oh yes.

  3. I really enjoyed your H post and will be back. I love the way you have linked to other participating bloggers. I hadn’t thought to do that

    1. Thank you! I started doing it because kept running into people who never heard of A-Z. I just want to share the love.

  4. I can’t wait for holodecks to become real.

  5. I loved holodecks until they became too much of a vanity thing for the show at the time. Like an excuse for the actors to dress up as someone else for a change.
    Do I think VR will morph into it – probably. We’ll be curtailing real travel pretty soon, because the pressure on the real world, both in tourist numbers and travel CO2 is unsupportable. It’s funny, because about twenty years ago I turned my nose up at the idea of people who went to re-imagined tourist sites/sights, like a replica Rome somewhere in a US desert, but now I think it’s an improvement in ecological and sociological terms.
    BTW I like your pop-up for your giveaway. Mine’s suffering from lack of interest so I’ve just shoved it into the widget area, but a pop-up would actually be useful. Must play with Sumpo and find out how!
    Thanks for visiting my Flying post – sorry to be so late, but was havign trouble posting comments from my iPad while away. Grr…

    1. Oh, I’m glad you made it over here! I agree the holodeck became a little too comfortable for the writers for a while. I’m a strong believer in ‘real’ travel but until we get to outer space I’d love more VR versions. BTW the pop-up is in one of the sharing options. I didn’t even know what it did until I plugged it into the widget. Just another month of A-Z fun!

  6. I enjoy a lot your posts, great A to z Challenge! But no idea about holodeck ;))

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