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The Big Goodbye holodeck

Dixon Hill's San Francisco

Dixon Hill office

Dixon Hill's office

The Dixon Hill series was a novel series written by author Tracy Tormé, and featured private detective Dixon Hill, who first appeared in the short story The Big Good-Bye, published on Earth in the pulp magazine Amazing Detective Stories in 1934.

The Dixon Hill series

The Black Orchid was made into a film, Dixon Hill and the Black Orchid sometime before the 22nd century. The series was published to Federation holosuites by Broht & Forrester in the 24th century. (ENT: "Cogenitor"; VOY: "Author, Author")

The Big Good-Bye

Dixon Hill nightclub bar

The nightclub scene in The Big Good-Bye

As in all Dixon Hill holographic novels, The Big Good-Bye allowed the user to play the private investigator character of Dixon Hill in the San Francisco of 1941.

The episode even inspired at least one novel, 2002's Star Trek: The Next Generation "A Hard Rain" by Dean Wesley Smith. In the novel, Picard has to enter the holodeck to locate the "Heart of the Adjuster" or else the Enterprise will be destroyed.


  • In 2365 (on stardate 42859.2), Captain Picard once again took the role of Dixon Hill, again accompanied by Data, in order to flee Lwaxana Troi's manhunt. Lwaxana, however, eventually located him in Rex's Bar, but became infatuated with the owner. (TNG: "Manhunt")
This may be part of The Parrot's Claw.
  • In 2367 (on stardate 44502.7), Picard introduced Guinan to the Dixon Hill program, where she played his cousin Gloria. Guinan, however, was not impressed. (TNG: "Clues")

Program characters

In a deleted scene from Star Trek: First Contact, the character Buster was portrayed by James Mapes.

Unnamed characters

Story elements


Background information

A selection of set dressing items from Trip's quarters It's A Wrap! sale and auction on eBay featured a few data discs, three of which were labeled as Dixon Hill holonovels. However, it's unclear if these made it on-screen. [1]


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