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THE CELESTIAL NOVA: A NON-PROFIT SCI-FI E-MAIL NEWSLETTER
Summer 1999 Through Summer 2004 Edition

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GIFTS FOR YOU 
   As a show of appreciation for your personal understanding and 
spiritual support of our non-profit endeavors, the Celestial Nova 
is including web-links in this newsletter to some great media 
news and IBM-compatible gifts that you are welcome to review, 
bookmark, download and enjoy! (See below.) Take care and have a 
great 2003 season of holidays!

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FREE ONLINE GAMING MEETINGS
   Public meetings can be very time-consuming and physically 
demanding. Hence, starting in December of 2003, the CDA and Art 
Of Sci-Fi fan club will be moving its free public meetings 
ONLINE! (All for FREE to all newsletter readers and interested 
parties!)
   On the second Sunday of each month, starting PROMPTLY at 
2:00 PM Central Time, all CDA and AOSF members and non-members 
are invited to come online and enjoy the following official 
gaming schedule with us:
     1. "Diablo 2" online gaming. Four hour sessions. Going 
from December 2003 to April 2004.
     2. "Diablo 2-Lords Of Destruction" online gaming. Four 
hour sessions. Going from May 2004 to September 2004.
     3. "Starcraft" online gaming. Four hour sessions. Going 
from October 2004 to February 2005. 
   Cool! All you need is a working copy of the pre-stated 
games, a compatible computer, any Internet service provider 
and the rest is completely FREE! No meeting places to drive 
to! No online gaming subscriptions to pay for! Just create 
your anonymous alter-ego character online and go!
   In closing, know that if our new online gaming meetings 
prove successful, the CDA and Art Of Sci-Fi fan club will be 
looking to add more FREE gaming to our online schedule such 
as "Warcraft II" and others. (Updates will follow as soon as 
gaming sessions start and we have more news.) In addition, 
understand that we may also have private gaming sessions (in 
which "closed campaign" passwords can be exchanged through 
e-mailing means) so that smaller, individual groups can 
directly play together in their own separate games.
   Well, now that we’ve told you all that we know, we hope 
to campaign with you online, soon!

SPECIAL NOTICE: In the unlikely event of Blizzard server 
difficulties or too many people gaming online on a specific 
day, individual members or closed groups are welcome to 
continue their campaign on any other date of their choosing. 
We suggest networking with your individual group of friends 
and privately exchanging e-mail address to exclusively keep 
in contact with each other.

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TOYS FOR TOTS 2003 AND 2004
http://www.toysfortots.org
   Once again, the Celestial Defender Association (CDA) will 
be co-collecting new toys for the U.S. Marines and their 
national Toys For Tots toy drive.  Hence, these 2003 and 2004 
Father's Day through Thanksgiving seasons, if you would like 
to donate a new toy to a less fortunate child, please submit 
your donation(s) to the CDA.  Or, you can also drive to your 
local Best Buy store and donate your new toy(s) between 
November 20, 2003 through December 10, 2003 and November 20, 
2004 through December 10, 2004. 
   The CDA’s own 2003-2004 deadline for the "no charge" PICK- 
UP of your new toy donations will be December 5, 2003 and 
December 5, 2004.  And, all residents within thirty miles of 
Milwaukee, Wisconsin who are interested in giving straight to 
the CDA should e-mail us at cdga@hotmail.com.
   Finally, know that while supplies last, individuals who 
donate $20 or more worth of new toys directly to the CDA will 
receive a free IBM CD Gift full of PC demos, desktop themes, 
sci-fi art, script outlines and more as our non-profit way of 
saying, "thank you for caring!"
   Always, best wishes!

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PUBLIC SCIENCE FICTION MEETING RE-SCHEDULING
   The next "in-person" meetings for the CDA and the Art Of 
Science Fiction fan club are currently being put on HOLD due 
to maintenance and response requirements. However, please 
see our article on FREE Online Gaming Meetings for new 
scheduling details!

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FREE NEWS AND MULTIMEDIA GIFT LINKS FOR YOU!

Fantasy & Sci-Fi Conventions
   General Sci-Fi/Fantasy Conventions In The USA-
   (Some With 2003-04' Directories)
     http://www.sfsite.com/depts/cons-usm.htm
     http://www.midfan.org/consmw.html
   Comic Conventions-
   (With Subscribe Link)
     http://www.midwestcomix.com/
   Gaming Conventions-
   (Keep Checking Back For 2004 Convention News)
     http://www.sjgames.com/con/
     http://www.rock-con.com/
     http://gencon.com/

Gift Software And PC References
   AVG Anti-Virus FREE Edition-
   (With Unlimited & FREE Anti-Virus Definition Updates!)
     http://www.grisoft.com/us/us_dwnl_free.php
   Anti-SpyWare Software-
     http://security.kolla.de/index.php?lang=en&page=download
   Report Unfriendly Outside E-Mail Spam-
   (Bookmark This Page!)
     http://www.spammingbureau.com/email/smallwindow.php
   WinZip IBM Unpackaging Software-
     http://www.winzip.com/tw01/ddchomea.htm
   FREE Hidden & Dangerous Video Game-
   (Full Version With Expansion Pack!)
     http://www.game-revolution.com/download/pc/action/hidden_and_dangerous.htm

Bonus Gift Media - Season's Greetings!
[Most Should Be Available By Sept. 2003]
   Cool IBM Screen Saver-
     "Battlestar Galactica"
        http://www.themeworld.com/cgi-bin/preview.pl/themes/bg2k2pc.zip
   Cool IBM Desktop Software & Themes-
     IBM Desktop Theme Management Software
        http://www.themeworld.com/cgi-bin/preview.pl/themes/da211.zip
     "Blade"
        http://www.themeworld.com/cgi-bin/preview.pl/themes/bladepc.zip
     "Debra Black"
        http://www.themeworld.com/cgi-bin/preview.pl/themes/pfwoman.zip
     "Denzel Washington"
        http://www.themeworld.com/cgi-bin/preview.pl/themes/dwtworks.zip
     "Drakan"
        http://www.themeworld.com/cgi-bin/preview.pl/themes/drakanpc.zip
     "Honda Motorcycles"
        http://www.themeworld.com/cgi-bin/preview.pl/themes/hrwburn.zip
     "Inner Realm"
        http://www.themeworld.com/cgi-bin/preview.pl/themes/irtw2k3.zip
     "Lord Of The Rings Trilogy"
        http://www.themeworld.com/cgi-bin/preview.pl/themes/sklotr12.zip
     "Professor X"
        http://www.themeworld.com/cgi-bin/preview.pl/themes/prfsrx2k.zip
     "Space 1999"
        http://www.themeworld.com/cgi-bin/preview.pl/themes/alphapc.zip
     "Star Venture"
        http://www.themeworld.com/cgi-bin/preview.pl/themes/svdw2k3.zip

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CLASSIC MULTIMEDIA NEWS  [by The Klingon and Star Knyght]
   We're sorry that additional sources were busy and this article is 
late.  <>  Toho [Japan] reports that the original Godzilla IS back as 
they are now working on definate plans for a new Godzilla movie!  <>  
Because of recent reports concerning new computer/internet virus 
problems, the Celestial Defender Association humbly encourages everyone 
to run an anti-virus computer scan (with Norton or any other virus 
cleaning program) on their hardware and software once every month.  <>  
Sources note that Edios (creators of the Tomb Raider series) is now 
cracking down on unofficial Tomb Raider and Nude [Tomb] Raider "wannabe" 
web-sites.  Thus, in response, the "unofficial" FAN-made sites are 
asking other fans for help in endorsing their rights to non-profit 
freedom of speech and expression.  <>  No more Resident Evil titles for 
the Sony PlayStation?  Sources abruptly claim that Capcom will not be 
delving into the Resident Evil universe anymore until the ENHANCED 
PlayStation 2 or Sega Dreamcast game consoles come out.  <>  Sega's 
Dreamcast game console seems to really be shaping into the new 
millennium's video game dream machine!  Predicted for a $200 release in 
America this year, Dreamcast has many of the same specifications 
(including a Modem) as a decent Pentium computer.  It already has over 
fifteen "arcade-perfect" and other games available in Japan.  And, with 
software prices estimated at only $50, Sega may well become a household 
name, again.  <>  By April of 1999, Studio Iron Cat should be starting 
its new line of action figures, trading cards and other collectables 
based off of Japanese Animation, video games and SNK licenses.  <>  Have 
you bought your Vulcan Raven from Todd McFarlane's "Metal Gear Solid" 
toy line, yet?  How about your Vampire Hunter Blade from Toy Biz's 
"Marvel" action figure line?  Well, look for these gems now, because 
they're currently some of the hottest items out on the collectable 
market!  <>  Sources say that Wall Street is presently estimating Star 
Wars collectable merchandise at high price values this summer.  Already, 
the "Star Wars: Eps. 1" electronic-talking action figures are 
suggestively retailing for $8 on the primary collector's market.  And, 
with the '99 movie craze not yet at its fullest height, these same 
sources believe that the secondary collector's market will potentially 
drive general supply-and-demand prices up on Star Wars merchandise even 
further.  <>  Finally, the Celestial Defender Association has a FREE 
sci-fi, fantasy, Japanese Animation and video game art gallery available 
for ALL amateur through professional artists to display their work in!  
Hence, please check it out at: http://members.tripod.com/~CDGA/artist.html
   Also try:
     http://www.sirstevesguide.com
     http://aircastle.anime-manga.net
     http://www.scroll.simplenet.com

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CLASSIC MOVIE REVIEWS
   "Wing Commander: The Movie" is best described as a visually exciting 
World War II drama set in outer space.  The character interaction and 
special effects are both well done.  However, the overall action, plot 
and beloved references to the inspirational video game series often gets 
distorted due to unrevealed big screen adaptation decisions.  Thus, Wing 
Commander only receives a three out of five star rating.  (Try renting 
this movie and saving a few bucks).  <>  "Cube" is a VERY interesting, 
straight-to-video movie of intense drama and suspense.  The characters 
are all believable with enough story twist and turns to have Outer 
Limits and Twilight Zone fans screaming for more!  Hence, Cube receives 
a four and one-half out of five star rating.

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MIDWEST CONVENTION NEWS
   None Received...

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DISBANDING MYTHS
   The other day, the Celestial Defender Association and the Celestial 
Nova received an anonymous (and legitimate) e-mail regarding ongoing 
sci-fi fandom problems and concerns.  Hence, to respond to any and all 
potential fandom questions ON THE CDA'S END, we are openly publishing 
this Question and Answer (or "Q&A") article in the hopes of bringing 
additional sci-fi fandom tranquility, neutrality and peace.
     Q.  JUST WHAT IS THE CDA?
     A.  The Celestial Defender Association is a public-oriented, 
science fiction and fantasy activity organization.  Thus, humbly due to 
Mr. Reed's preceding affiliation with many Midwest organizations, we 
equitably network out with non-bias information and/or impartial 
assistance to/for other sci-fi/fantasy entities and/or organizations.  
<>  To continue, the CDA humbly notes that we are not a Ship, chain of 
Ships, Club, money-making Business, or a Political Statement.  (Nor are 
we trying to aggressively imply that any other entities or organizations 
are.)  However, the CDA has often used the word, "Club", to quickly 
describe our Midwest community-based, ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT efforts.  
Therefore, we non-sarcastically apologize for any misunderstandings that 
this general term may have caused.
     Q.  WHY DOES THE CDA HAVE NUMEROUS INTERESTS?
     A.  The CDA is an Arts & Entertainment organization that wishes to 
make all of our regular meetings available and accessible to the general 
public.  Thus, limiting our interests to only one subject or title would 
go against our foundational policy of open-door and non-bias events.
     Q.  WHAT HAPPENS AT NON-ONLINE CDA MEETINGS?
     A.  CDA meeting offer EVERYONE the same benefit of quality science 
fiction, fantasy and widespread entertainment in an open, equal, 
non-threatening and non-demanding atmosphere.  Game Judges and Video 
Gamers are encouraged to bring in games, equipment and/or their gaming 
group.  Game Players are encouraged to come and experience old and new 
gaming titles.  And, general sci-fi/fantasy buffs are encouraged to 
visit our meetings and enjoy old and new TV/Movie favorites -- along 
with the chance for EVERYONE to win prizes, sign-up for public field 
trip and receive CDA store discounts.
     Q.  WHAT FEES ARE AT NON-ONLINE CDA MEETINGS?
     A.  CDA general/monthly meetings are FREE and open to the public!  
(Donations aren't even required.)  Nonetheless, a non-obligatory group 
Membership Card is available for only $3 per year -- allowing the card 
holder to receive/achieve selected store discounts, exclusive 
sci-fi/fantasy field trips, and other special privileges.  <>  However, 
take note that many less-fortunate individuals need EVERYONE'S help in 
just making it to the next day.  Therefore, the CDA will also be hosting 
non-obligatory FOOD, CLOTHING AND/OR OTHER CHARITY DONATION DRIVES at 
all of our general meetings to assist the Central Cities Catholic 
Perishes (and other organizations) in providing relief.  <>  Hence, if 
possible, please bring in a can of food, a single pair of old clothes, 
50 cents, or just yourself to help inspire other people to contribute 
back to the Midwest community.
     Q.  DO I HAVE TO VOLUNTEER OR WORK FOR THE CDA?
     A.  No.  But if you are interesting in volunteering and helping our 
public causes (i.e. "Volunteers, Not Recruits"), know that volunteer 
work is always kept as simple and flexible as possible.  Our e-mail 
newsletter is a "truthful" and "straight-forward" publication.  And, our 
group's well-used motto is, "Sci-Fi and Fantasy for the BUSY World of 
Today."  Hence, believe that we too understand that YOUR time and 
resources can also be limited.  <>  However, don't impartially take our 
word for this.  Just read over our CDA Membership Handbook and E-Mail 
Newsletters.  Or feel welcome to additionally visit one of our public 
meetings to effectively judge for yourself.
     Q.  DO I HAVE TO ATTEND EVERY NON-ONLINE CDA MEETING?
     A.  No.  But if you are a $3 CDA card holder and you attend 70% of 
a full year’s meetings, your next card holder year (minus all 
fee-related field trips and special events) is free!
     Q.  WHAT ABOUT 'MY' PRIVATE LIFE?
     A.  As noted in our original CDA Membership Handbook:  'The CDA is 
here to run games and not people...personal lives will remain private 
and sacred.'  <>  The CDA cares about the meaning behind all good 
sci-fi/fantasy tales and the hope for the future that the Midwest fandom 
community can bring.  Therefore, as long as Mr. Reed is the group's 
founder and CEO, the CDA we NEVER control or unjustly dictate what any 
person or persons MUST or WILL do.
     Q.  WHY ARE SO MANY NON-ONLINE CDA MEETINGS OFTEN CANCELED?
     A.  Besides the All Saints Church currently requesting that the CDA 
also donates directly to them (for the use of their facilities), know 
that there is only ONE volunteer available for meeting set-up and clean- 
up duties; Mr. Reed, the Association's CEO.  Thus, in addition to the 
CDA's administration work, executive responsibilities keep Mr. Reed's 
business schedule stretched to the maximum.  <>  Further, please consider 
that without non-online meeting attendance confirmations, the CDA non- 
productively expends already limited time, money and resources. 
     Q.  WHICH CDA E-MAIL ADDRESS SHOULD PEOPLE USE?
     A.  Either the cdga@hotmail.com mailbox or the jk_er@hotmail.com 
mailbox.  Our webmaster(s) is/are allowed to utilize our CD[G]A mailbox 
for group related correspondences.  However, Mr. Reed (organizational 
CEO) also uses, monitors and controls both CD[G]A mailboxes!
   Finally, the CDA is not, "deader than a three dollar bill."  Current, 
our non-internet workings are simply undermanned and under supported.  
Thus, please help to back our public-rooted efforts up.
   For CDA volunteering, leaving a non-online CDA meeting confirmation, 
requesting the latest status on CDA public events, reporting news to 
the Celestial Nova Newsletter, and/or acquiring a free CDA [e-mail] 
Introduction Pamphlet, please contact the CDA at:  (PHONE) 414/871. 
5188, (E-MAIL) cdga@hotmail.com, and/or (WEB) http://cdga.tripod.com/ 
   Best wishes!
   The Celestial Defender Association

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STORES TO VISIT  [Reprised; Also, See NEW Notice, Below!]
   For a great selection in Drawn Books, Comic Books, Magic The 
Gathering, Non-Sports Cards, Sports Cards and Action Figures, visit:
     LOST WORLD OF WONDERS, Mr. Wagenske (Owner/Manager)
     6917 W. Oklahoma Ave., Milwaukee, Wisconsin
     (414)328-4651
     WEB:  http://www.lostwonders.com
   Lost World Of Wonders is NOW giving the Celestial Defender 
Association 20% off of their purchases when affiliates show their 
membership card(s)!
   Finally, all DC, Image, Marvel, Star Trek and Star Wars collectors
will  be amazed when they visit Milwaukee's new Action Figure Head-
quarters of:
     TOY DIMENSION, Mr. Smith, Jr. (Owner/Manager)
     5925 W. North Ave., Milwaukee, WI. 53208
     (414)476-5596
     HOURS:  Wed. through Fri. and Sat.
   Check them out!!!

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DISCLAIMER:  The Celestial Defender Association and the Celestial Nova 
are in no way affiliated with or trying to post, use, or plagiarize any 
names, title, images, news, or events for "self-profit" reasons.  More, 
the Celestial Association/Nova is here to report and inform in an open 
and non-bias way.  <>  The Celestial Nova is a non-profit Arts and 
Entertainment newsletter that's strictly dedicated to sci-fi and fantasy 
appreciation and multimedia information.  <>  Our small staff does NOT 
want to clutter up your mailbox with unnecessary information.  Thus, 
only the most useful data that is available to us is picked for this 
intermittent publication.  <>  YOU are also welcome to contribute news, 
reviews and updates at:  cdga@hotmail.com.  <>  Finally, please respect 
the privacy of all non-CDA e-mail addresses and only mail responses out 
to indicated Celestial Nova newsletter focuses.


Need more information about the CDA?
Do you want to confirm a meeting?
   E-MAIL:    cdga@hotmail.com
   WEB-SITE:  http://cdga.tripod.com/



DISCLAIMER

URGENT: The non-profit Celestial Defender Association is in no way affiliated with or trying to post/use any pre-mentioned names, titles, or elements for internal self-profit reasons. More, we are here provide Arts and Entertainment in a public, open and non-bias way.


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