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By Jim Smith on 11 September 2006 Comments Off

I didn’t want the fortieth anniversary of ‘Star Trek’ to pass by without some comment from those of us here at Shiny Shelf.

By Jim Smith on 24 December 2005 Comments Off

If 2004 was, as we said at the time, the year of late arrivals and revivals, 2005 was a year of completing, and contrasting, circles.

By Jim Smith on 09 November 2005 Comments Off

The final episode of ‘Enterprise’ the intertextually entitled ‘These Are The Voyages…’ has come in for a lot of flack, odd given that the episode’s authors called it a ‘valentine’ to ‘Star Trek’ fans.

By Jim Smith on 28 September 2005 Comments Off

James Dean died in a fatal automobile accident fifty years ago this week.

By Mark Clapham on 13 September 2005 Comments Off

This is Gideon Defoe’s second little book about pirates, and is even funnier and more charming than its predecessor…

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By Jim Smith on 13 July 2005 Comments Off

Chock full of great character moments, astounding production design and fantastic special effects ‘In A Mirror Darkly – Part II’ both ruthlessly parodies and sincerely reveres the series of which it is a part.

By Eddie Robson on 11 July 2005 Comments Off

In today’s crowded media market, you have to get your ideas across quickly and clearly and there’s no better way of doing that than reworking an idea people know already…

By Jim Smith on 29 June 2005 Comments Off

It’s impossible, in Britain, to have a debate about policing without someone invoking the spectral presence of George Dixon as the image of all that was right with policing in some dim and indistinct nostalgic past.

By Jim Smith on 27 June 2005 Comments Off

We live, as anyone with the slightest grasp on pop culture knows, in an era of Shatner renaissance.

By Jim Smith on 02 June 2005 Comments Off

I should add ‘Trust Dirk’ to my ‘Trust Joss’, ‘Trust George’ and ‘Trust Grant’ mantras because he’s quite clearly the kind of guy whose work never lets you down.

By Jim Smith on 04 May 2005 Comments Off

The cancellation of ‘Enterprise’ will not be the end of ‘Star Trek’, but it is the end of the ‘modern Trek era’. In the first of a series Shiny Shelf looks at the evolution of the world’s biggest SF series.

By Mark Clapham on 17 April 2005 Comments Off

Meet 3/4 of the Shiny Shelf team at Charing Cross Road branch of Borders in London at 6:30pm on Thursday 14 April 2005…

By Jim Smith on 31 March 2005 Comments Off

Well, there’s some good news and some bad news….

By Jim Smith on 12 March 2005 Comments Off

This MP3CD of William Russell reading David Whitaker’s novelisation of the first Dalek serial is one of the smartest ideas for ‘Doctor Who’ merchandise anyone at the BBC has had for some considerable time…

By Mark Clapham on 04 March 2005 Comments Off

David King’s installation ‘The Commissar Vanishes’ takes as its inspiration a macabre tradition from Stalin’s terror…

By Eddie Robson on 15 February 2005 Comments Off

A little belated, this review, as the CD came out last November – but as it didn’t exactly emerge in a blaze of publicity, allow us to build a little hype…

By Eddie Robson on 14 February 2005 Comments Off

We take a look at the first ever animated version of ‘Doctor Who’, which is soon to be made available for streaming on the BBC website…

By Stephen Lavington on 05 January 2005 Comments Off

What rocked Shiny’s world in the last twelve months? The answers are unlikely to surprise you.

By Mark Clapham on 02 January 2005 Comments Off

It’s a long held cliche that there’s too much knowledge in the world, and that the situation is getting worse…

By Shiny Shelf on 29 December 2004 Comments Off

I hate this sort of thing. I should probably be disqualified from commenting on comics this year on account of only really reading ‘Astonishing X-Men’. Likewise my lit reading is woefully behind with only ‘The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time’ and ‘The Da Vinci Code’ being published in 2004. I very nearly [...]

By Stephen Lavington on 18 December 2004 Comments Off

In 1998 Peter Biskind’s ‘Easy Riders, Raging Bulls’ was published, taking as its subject the explosion of innovative, eccentric and electric filmmaking in 1970s America…

By Eddie Robson on 21 October 2004 Comments Off

A glance at the front cover, back cover and first two pages of ‘The Timewaster Letters’ reveals that I am comfortably the least famous person ever to praise this book…

By Mark Clapham on 23 May 2004 Comments Off

‘Resist or Serve’ is exactly the kind of console game you’d expect to be released under the ‘X-Files’ brand in 2004 – a survival horror title in the ‘Resident Evil’ mould…

By Jim Smith on 16 April 2004 Comments Off

Here’s a wacky idea – a ‘Star Trek’ part work with ‘free’ DVDs.

By Iain Hepburn on 20 February 2004 Comments Off

It’s been more than three years since Christopher Brookmyre, Strathclyde’s answer to Carl Hiassen, revisited the character who started off his literary career…

By Mags L Halliday on 05 January 2004 Comments Off

At first, these two exhibitions seem rather unrelated…

By Mags L Halliday on 04 January 2004 Comments Off

It is almost inevitable, in reviewing a book on grammatical punctuation, that I will make at least one mistake. ‘Eats, Shoots & Leaves’ is not the book I would reach for checking my comma usage…

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By Lance Parkin on 02 January 2004 Comments Off

Bonjour, mes amis.

I’ve just returned from a lovely trip to Paris and, as with all journeys out of my house, my unerring Spidey sense led me to a comic shop…

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By Eddie Robson on 28 November 2003 Comments Off

‘Top of the Pops’? That’s square, daddio. That was your granddad’s pop music show. These days the kids are watching ‘All New Top of the Pops’…

By Mags L Halliday on 10 November 2003 Comments Off

Come winter, come another Terry Pratchett novel to give distant family members an easy Midwinter present for that ‘awkward one’ (you know, the one that still reads comics and SF even though they’re over 15)…

By Stephen Lavington on 21 September 2003 Comments Off

It has become almost an annual tradition to lambast the quality of Hollywood’s summer output. Key to this is the guaranteed use of the phrase ‘Summer of Sequels’, with all the associated critique of laziness, complacency….

By Eddie Robson on 05 September 2003 Comments Off


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By Mark Clapham on 29 August 2003 Comments Off

The British Museum in London is 250 years old this year…

By J Clive Matthews on 11 August 2003 Comments Off

This year ‘Big Brother’ has been truly mind-numbing from the get-go…

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By Eddie Robson on 29 June 2003 Comments Off

Channel 4 is in a miserable, disheartening decline and as director of programmes Tim Gardam moves on, this seems like a good time to examine what has gone wrong…

By Mark Clapham on 20 June 2003 Comments Off

This new publication comes triply blessed: not only does it concern a pet Shelf obsession, the city of London, but it’s available from our favourite comics shop, the inestimable Gosh!

By Jim Smith on 09 June 2003 Comments Off

There was much celebration here at Shiny central when we learned that ‘Boomtown’ had been renewed. See, we’d heard it was ‘on the bubble’ with an even chance of not being picked up for a second year.

By J Clive Matthews on 25 May 2003 Comments Off

I’m used to sitting at home, hopping through cookery programmes and low-rent chatshows like ‘Loose Lips’ and ‘Des and Mel’ before desperation sends me the way of Bid Up TV…

By Mark Clapham on 18 April 2003 Comments Off

The concept of ‘Word’ is so blissfully simple it’s remarkable no-one has thought of it before: to take great writers, and get them to write about things they love from all media…

By Stephen Lavington on 15 April 2003 Comments Off

What had seemed like a powerful, camp heroin fix of Hollywood was actually a lame, staggering wrap of baking powder and strychnine. I’m sorry.

By Eddie Robson on 13 April 2003 Comments Off

I visited a couple of comic shops whilst in Paris recently and it intrigued me that the staples of the American market – sci-fi and superheroes – were almost completely absent…

By Jim Smith on 09 April 2003 Comments Off

I love the Oscars, ridiculous, self-important and comically inept though they frequently are.

By Mags L Halliday on 19 March 2003 Comments Off

BBC 3. It sounds so 21st century television, doesn’t it?

By J Clive Matthews on 04 March 2003 Comments Off

12A exists simply to allow kids and their parents to fork out more cash on movies they want to see, no matter if, under old guidelines, some of the content might have been deemed unsuitable.

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By Mark Clapham on 22 February 2003 Comments Off

Here’s a miscellaneous item if ever there was one…

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By Shiny Shelf on 21 February 2003 Comments Off

I come to bury ‘Enterprise’, not to praise it.

By Jim Smith on 20 February 2003 Comments Off

While I enjoyed the first season of ‘Smallville’ I felt that its origins as a purpose-built ‘Buffy’ replacement were somewhat to in evidence…

By Jim Smith on 19 February 2003 Comments Off

When Douglas Adams died he left ‘The Salmon of Doubt’, the novel on which he had been working for a decade, less than half finished.

By J Clive Matthews on 19 February 2003 Comments Off

It’s become a rather boring clich? to moan about the stupidity of the Academy’s nominations every year when the Oscar contenders are announced, but this year they’ve just gone too far.