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Shrine like a star on the Net; Big in Hollywood? You aren't a real celeb until you are worshipped on the Web.

THERE was a time when being a fan meant fixing a poster of your icon to the bedroom wall.

In 20 years of idle idolising, the biggest revolution was when Blu -tac gave the wallpaper a break from Sellotape rips.

Fandom now, though, is a genuinely interactive club, with vast armies sharing their besotted dreams.

You can drool over David Duchovny to fellow X Filers, download colour videos of Gwyneth Paltrow, Keanu Reeves or any number of other celebs.

In fact, it was once enough to be big in Hollywood. But now the real stars are mega in cyberspace - and they don't even have to be quite real.

Biggest of all at the moment is Star Wars. It is now the Fandom Menace, with more than 6000 sites, most of them shrines to the Force.

In fact, is the place to go, a site as big as Tatooine which includes the technical commentaries section.

This is where a tame phycisist points out that blowing up the Death Star, a honeycomb sphere some 500 miles around, above the atmosphere of a habitable planet actually means that the Ewoks were crisped.

http://www.theforce. net/swtc/

OR you can simply part complete company with the real universe and build yourself a stormtrooper outfit, the perfect protection for the Year 2000 bug crash.

http://www.studiocreations. com/stormtrooper/

BUT let's not forget one of the first cult heroes of the Internet and an SF icon who predates Star Wars and, yet, is still boldly going in cyberspace.

Yes, William Shatner's many worship websites show just how barking fans can be - The First Church Of Shatnerology being a case in point.

Here you can be regaled with haiku poems to Captain Kirk, or even download The Man himself, attempting to sing Mr Tambourine Man and Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds.

Listen, worship and wonder how this man also saved the universe on not a few occasions

THE 90s equivalent of Captain Kirk isn't, as you might imagine, baldy Picard or that bint who's managed to get the Enterprise lost in space.

Nope, today's sci-fi sex symbol is, with hardly any competition, David Duchovny.

No-one has quite uncovered the female psyche as The X Files star. Website names include the David Duchovny Drool Brigade, The Lovers Of Mulder In Glasses Society, the straightforward David Duchovny Page Of Lust and The Church Of Our Guy, David Duchovny.

The latter is by a besotted teenager from Norwich who claims that hers is a "site devoted to the priniciple that the adoration of David Duchovny will bring you closer to the Truth." Delphi/4315

HAVING sunk himself into the Titanic, Leonardo DiCaprio floated to the top of the worship cults - some 500 sites sprouted in a few weeks and attracted around three million visits.

As a result, the baby-faced sex symbol has been caught in the backlash and now has the distinction of having almost as many hate websites.

The Official Anti Leonardo DiCaprio Web Page is probably one reason why there is now a Website called LeosGirlies Kick Ass, which seems dedicated to finding out who their hero is snogging. OSaraBaraO/index.html

CELEBRITY is a cult woven into the fabric of our lives these days - particularly in America, where icons are as changeable as the weather.

Today's cult figure is tomorrow's forgotten dream ... except in cyberspace. Find out who was packing in the box office in 1914, selling out the book shelves in 1870 and making female hearts palpitate in the 1920s. The Celebrity In America website is fairly basic and a series of links to biogs - but Harry Houdini, Mark Twain and Rudolph Valentino are just some of yesterday's heroes brought back to life. celebrity.htm

BUT not all sites devoted to heroes are of the "we are not worthy" variety. One, at least, is dedicated, but only to informing the world about one of Scotland's great rock bands.

Noisewave is already the best - possibly the only - website for finding out about what's happening on the Scots music scene and now it has added a section devoted to SAHB - The Sensational Alex Harvey Band.

It's an on-going work by the author, who is currently writing the biography of the band and isn't afraid to tell how he felt about getting THAT gig.

Natty graphics, easy to follow and, best of all, a plea to share your memories of Alex and the band. Cos he wants to rip them off, doesn't he?
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Publication:Daily Record (Glasgow, Scotland)
Date:Jun 5, 1999
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