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By Julio Angel Ortiz on 13 August 2012 Comments Off

After almost two years, the latest ‘Star Trek: Titan’ novel is out.

By Julio Angel Ortiz on 23 February 2012 Comments Off

‘The Rings of Time’ is one of the latest entries in the ‘Star Trek’ original series novel range, written by veteran author Greg Cox.

By Julio Angel Ortiz on 27 December 2010 Comments Off

‘Seize the Fire’, the second book in the ‘Star Trek: Typhon Pact’ series, features the crew of the U.S.S. Titan commanded by Captain Riker.

By Julio Angel Ortiz on 24 December 2010 Comments Off

‘Typhon Pact’ is a 4-book ‘Star Trek’ series revolving around the eponymous government, a nascent rival superpower to the Federation comprised of several of their foes.

By Shiny Shelf on 20 December 2010 5 COMMENTS

Ten very special potential gifts from the wild world of unauthorised fan craft items.

By Julio Angel Ortiz on 20 February 2010 Comments Off

At its most basic, ‘Vanguard’ is a series of novels set against the backdrop of the early 23rd century and the original ‘Star Trek’ television series…

By Jim Smith on 15 May 2009 Comments Off

Our hero is a farmboy, raised in a desert by his Uncle. He meets an old comrade of his Father’s who tells him his Dad died a hero and that he should follow in his footsteps… sound familiar, at all?

By Jim Smith on 13 May 2009 Comments Off

Creating ‘Best of’ DVDs with running times of only three hours for two TV series that ran for 80 and 178 episodes respectively is going to be a thankless task, whichever way you cut it

By Lance Parkin on 10 May 2009 Comments Off

‘Star Trek’ is a franchise that, instinctively, ought to be strong and vibrant but which had ground to a halt.

By Jim Smith on 04 May 2009 Comments Off

Do I review this for the general audience that will, I suspect, flock to this dazzling, exciting blockbuster in droves or do I review it for my fellow long term ‘Star Trek’ fans?

By Shiny Shelf on 03 May 2009 Comments Off

With four days to the new ‘Star Trek’ movie, we take a look at the first.

By Jim Smith on 01 May 2009 Comments Off

I’d like to say something new about ‘Star Trek II’, but I probably ‘’KHAAAAAAAAAAAN’T’’

By Lance Parkin on 19 April 2009 Comments Off

With time ticking away until JJ Abrams’ ‘Star Trek’ prequel (which we’ve actually seen, yeah, look impressed) we review all ten previous movies.

By Jim Smith on 05 April 2009 Comments Off

With time ticking away until JJ Abrams’ ‘Star Trek’ prequel, we look at all ten previous movies in reverse order.

By Jim Smith on 30 March 2009 Comments Off

With just weeks until JJ Abrams’ ‘Star Trek’ prequel, we take a quick look at the ten previous movies. In reverse order, naturally.

By Lance Parkin on 22 March 2009 Comments Off

With just weeks until JJ Abrams’ ‘Star Trek’ prequel, we take a quick look at the ten previous movies. In reverse order, naturally.

By Lance Parkin on 16 March 2009 Comments Off

With just weeks until JJ Abrams’ ‘Star Trek’ prequel, we take a quick look at the ten previous movies. In reverse order, naturally.

By Stephen Lavington on 11 March 2009 Comments Off

With ten weeks to JJ Abrams’ ‘Star Trek’ prequel, we take a quick look at the ten previous movies. In reverse order, naturally.

By Jim Smith on 02 March 2009 Comments Off

With ten weeks to JJ Abrams’ ‘Star Trek’ prequel, we take a quick look at the ten previous movies. In reverse order, naturally.

By Eugene Jones on 24 February 2009 Comments Off

With ten weeks to JJ Abrams’ ‘Star Trek’ prequel, we take a quick look at the ten previous movies. In reverse order, naturally.

By Jim Smith on 12 June 2008 Comments Off

Semi-professional, unofficial spin-off productions crafted by fans seem to be an inevitable result of a long-running TV series going off the air

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By Jim Smith on 23 December 2007 Comments Off

The fan-produced ‘Star Trek’ webisode ‘World Enough and Time’ far exceeds any expectations that could reasonably be placed upon it.

By Jim Smith on 11 May 2007 Comments Off

The release of ‘Spider-Man 3’ a film described by one of Shiny’s writers as ‘an argument against unlimited free speech as compelling as ‘shouting “Fire!” in a crowded theatre’, has provoked a lot of silly comments about second sequels.

By Shiny Shelf on 11 September 2006 Comments Off

For the 40th anniversary, some top tens and top fives, of episodes, movies, moments and general stuff, compiled by those of us at Shiny Shelf.

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 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 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 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 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 Jim Smith on 12 January 2005 Comments Off

It’s been a long road, as the (always frankly brilliant) theme song to ‘Enterprise’ goes, but the fifth ‘Star Trek’ TV show is finally something to write home about.

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 Jim Smith on 09 December 2004 Comments Off

Gene Roddenberry was no visionary. What he was a first rate screenwriter of serial television who came up with a cracking idea for a series.

By Jim Smith on 16 April 2004 Comments Off

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

By Jim Smith on 14 April 2004 Comments Off

If the third season was the most inventive, and the fourth the most consistent then fifth was perhaps the most eclectic; no longer in the shadow of a TV legend, it spread its metaphorical wings and flew.

By Jim Smith on 14 April 2004 Comments Off

The 26 episodes in this box set stand head and shoulders above any season of ‘Star Trek’ produced since although, to be frank, that isn’t really saying very much…

By Jim Smith on 27 September 2003 Comments Off

‘Best Of’ DVDs for what remains, justly, the most popular iteration of the multi-tentacled ‘Star Trek’ television series have always been a pretty smart idea.

By Jim Smith on 01 April 2003 Comments Off

The worst is yet to come, yes, but this box set sees the ‘Star Trek’ franchise embark on the first season of the first of the three series that blunted, damaged and perhaps actually destroyed its legacy as television…

By Shiny Shelf on 21 February 2003 Comments Off

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

By Stephen Lavington on 07 February 2003 Comments Off

It’s ‘Star Trek’ meets ‘Animal Hospital’ as Dr Phlox fight to save SpaceDog (aka Porthos) from a vile alien pathogen.

By Stephen Lavington on 22 January 2003 Comments Off

This week: ‘Enterprise’ tries to lull viewers into a false sense of security with a good episode, but I urge you not to fall for this vile subterfuge!

By Stephen Lavington on 15 January 2003 Comments Off

A rather sparky little episode that nonetheless harks back to the rather hackneyed method of character development pioneered in the first season of isolating two characters in a stressful situation so that they can bond.

By Jim Smith on 14 January 2003 Comments Off

‘Civilisation’ is not exactly vintage Trek. Not a true turkey either, mind you, but certainly little to write home about. Captain Archer and co arrive above a planet which is populated by bumped…

By Stephen Lavington on 10 January 2003 Comments Off

Previously, on shinyshelf’s reviews of Enterprise, we encountered a wannabe gritty, primitive ancestor of ‘Star Trek’ attempting to couple high quality US SF of universal appeal with a fanboy’s in-joke fantasy.

By Jim Smith on 05 January 2003 Comments Off

‘Nemesis’ is a distinctly under-whelming cinematic experience and one that, assuming the intention to make this the last ‘Next Generation’ film still holds, sadly stands no comparison with ‘The Undiscovered Country’ the last hurrah of Spock and co.

By Jon de Burgh Miller on 03 January 2003 Comments Off

From the moment the first scene begins, it’s immediately obvious that the man at the helm of this Enterprise voyage isn’t someone reared in a TV background. This is cinematic, big-budget Trek like we’ve never seen before..

By Jon de Burgh Miller on 08 November 2002 Comments Off

Season one of Star Trek: The Next Generation was little more than a po-faced humourless clone of the original 1960s series. Season two was a little more adventurous but it was with season three that modern Star Trek finally began properly…

By Jon de Burgh Miller on 08 November 2002 Comments Off

The fourth season of ‘Star Trek: The Next Generation’ picks up where the previous season left off, with Commander Riker doing his duty and attempting to destroy a Borg cube with the assimilated Captain Picard on board…

By Mark Clapham on 29 July 2002 Comments Off

When an away team find themselves stranded on a seemingly harmless planet during a storm, hallucinations and paranoia begin to set in…

By Mark Clapham on 29 July 2002 Comments Off

A lighter and more inventive episode than the last couple, ‘Unexpected’ sees macho man Trip impregnated after an encounter with some hitchhiking aliens…