“Who would have thought that a television show dedicated to imagining “new worlds and new civilizations” and featuring advanced technology would be ALL KINDS OF BOOKISH? And I’m not just talking references and even holodeck simulations, but actual physical books. Because apparently, in the 24th century, some people are still holding on to print books, despite having a massive database filled with literature at their fingertips.
Books and reading are at the very foundation of Star Trek: The Next Generation. From Shakespeare to Sherlock Holmes (the two most popular literary references), and from plays to poetry, Star Trek underscores the continuing relevance of literature to the human species, especially as it moves among the stars.”