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Schools for Sorcerers, Space Cadets and Supernatural Sorts


Talk about your alternative curriculums....

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Given its September, some of us -– which is to say, those of us in the United States -– have just finished three long, delicious months of barbecues, beach trips, watermelon and ice cream. (Well, in theory, anyway.) We understand that our serious-minded brethren in other corners of the world have been toiling away diligently at their studies lo these past months, a state of affairs for which we extend our most profound sympathies.

But now, autumn is upon us, and with it a whole new school year. For most students this means the return of gym class, homework, and eating meals of questionable nutritional value in the school cafeteria. However, for students at a few choice institutions, it means the return of advanced stellar cartography and astrophysics; lessons in how to pulverize one’s opponent using spells, potions, or the ever-reliable stake through the heart; and — if you’re really unlucky — becoming a meal for some unspeakable creature of the night.

In honor of students everywhere, here are Geek Speak-certified prospectuses (prospecti?) for thirteen of our favorite schools in genre…

About the author


Kate Nagy is Editor at Large of Geek Speak Magazine, meaning that like the Maidenform Woman (80s reference WHOA), you never know where she'll turn up next. Likes: home repair, thunderstorms, 80s references, and the Lost finale. Dislikes: home repair, big crowds, bad music, and the Joker in any incarnation. Yeah, she's a little weird. How weird? Visit her blog, Kate Holds Court, to find out.

  • Colleen R

    Thanks for including some of the classics! But if you are going to include Starfleet, why not Star Bridge (A. Crispin) too?

    • Rachel Hyland

      Because we haven’t actually read those books, Colleen. But at least one of us will, now! I only know A. C. Crispin from her STAR TREK tie-in work, actually…