School of X, A Marvel Xavier's Institute Anthology edited by Gwendolyn Nix

School of X

A Xavier’s Institute Anthology

School of X

A Xavier’s Institute Anthology

Edited by Gwendolyn Nix

The next generation of the astonishing X-Men grow into true super heroes against their deadliest enemies, in this wide-ranging Marvel anthology.

The New Charles Xavier School for Gifted Mutants isn’t all it’s cracked up to be: The food is so-so, and it’s cold eleven out of twelve months, not to mention the creepy bunker vibes with mysterious tech popping up all over the place. But for the latest mutants to take on the mantle of X-Men, it’s home. Under the stewardship of Emma Frost, Cyclops, and Magneto, these new recruits learn to control their powers and defeat villainy. Yet danger lurks within the academy, and it isn’t just monsters or evil geniuses. Now, these fresh X-Men must take what they’ve learned and put their unique powers to the test against unexpected adversaries – from cyborgs and the undead to temporal chaos, and even alternate versions of themselves.

includes the following stories:

Your Fifteen Minutes by Jaleigh Johnson
When a telepathic training exercise led by the Stepford Cuckoos goes awry, Fabio Medina “Goldballs” gets his wish to be an undisputed hero as his consciousness is swept up in a series of vivid hallucinations that transform him into a Bogart-like hero to a cool-as-John-Wick action star. But when these illusions threaten his life, Fabio and the Stepford Cuckoos have to band together to break free from the telepathic prison before someone dies a hero.

Call of the Dark by Robbie MacNiven
After struggling to deal with high-intensity, darkness-focused training sessions, Graymalkin decides to acclimate himself at his own pace by secretly entering the dark caverns and abandoned rooms beneath the school’s depths. What waits for him is a doppelgänger with evil intent and a Weapons X device of a foul nature. Soon, Graymalkin realizes that there is a dark side to everything and everyone as he comes to terms with his own fears.

Uncatchable by Cath Lauria
Hijack is looking for some R&R at a hundred miles an hour at a street race, but when Cipher ends up tagging along and uncovers the cartel gun-running operation, it looks like the Fast and the Furious dream just became way more real than expected. Being an X-Men is more than just fighting of Sentinels and world-enders, and now Hijack and Cipher must use their powers to help the cops… er, Mounties, keep the community safe.

Eye of the Storm by Amanda Bridgeman
While saving a nearby town from flooding during a storm, Shark Girl, Dust, and Rockslide discover a secret tunnel with a diabolical foe bent on destroying organic life in favor of a mechanical cyborg-driven future.

Of Dirt and Bones by Pat Shand
A Pet Sematary situation is going on at the New Charles Xavier School, with animals crawling from the forest! Phoebe Cuckoo, Triage, and Morph must use their unique powers to investigate the cause of this macabre reanimation.

Kid Omega Faces the Music by Neil Kleid
When Kid Omega and his BFF Glob skip a day of boring lessons to fangirl over Wonder Man, they are caught in a botched case of time-travel kidnapping, sending them shooting through some of the greatest moments in X-Men history. Will Quentin Quire embrace the heroics in chaos and learn the value of friendship? More importantly, will he score an excellent Simon Williams souvenir along the way? Cue guitar riff here!

Depowered by Carrie Harris
When Dani Moonstar and Polaris seek out the New Charles Xavier School to find a solution for losing their mutant powers after M-Day, they accidentally bring Sentinels down on the institute. Now, Triage, Tempus, and the rest of the students must protect their school’s secret location and defeat Sentinels on their own. Good thing they’ve trained for this, but can Triage and Tempus put their experience to good use when it matters most?

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It isn’t easy being extraordinary. Superhuman powers can be both a gift and a curse in a world where those talents can be used for good or evil. A lucky few are taught how to control their abilities at the Charles Xavier Institute, while others must master their uniquely dangerous powers alone. Will they become true heroes and heroines when called upon to defend the world, or turn their fearsome abilities to conquering the world? Meanwhile, in a realm beyond Earth, mighty heroes do battle with monsters of myth and undertake quests to restore peace and honor to the legendary halls of Asgard and the Ten Realms.

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Publication Details

Page Count: 352pp
Cover Art: Heri Irawan
Genre: Science Fiction

Paperback edition

US On Sale Date: December 21, 2021
UK On Sale Date: March 17, 2022
Paperback ISBN: 9781839081064
Paperback Dimensions: 197mm x 130mm

Ebook edition

Global Ebook On Sale Date: December 7, 2021
ebook ISBN: 9781839081071

About the Author

A book dragon from the beginning, Gwen has amassed a hoard of science fiction and fantasy stories and is always hungry for the next tale to devour. Once upon a time, she’d been a marine biologist, but through a series of events, has ended up as an editor. Like Sasquatch, she can be found somewhere in the Rocky Mountains writing her next novel, researching things that go bump in the night, and taking the road less traveled.

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JALEIGH JOHNSON is a fantasy author living and writing in the wilds of the Midwest. Her middle grade debut novel The Mark of the Dragonfly is a New York Times bestseller, and her other books from Delacorte Press include The Secrets of Solace, The Quest to the Uncharted Lands, and The Door to the Lost. In addition to the Marvel novel Triptych for Aconyte books, she has written several novels and short stories for the Dungeons and Dragons Forgotten Realms fiction line published by Wizards of the Coast. Johnson is an avid gamer and lifelong geek.

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ROBBIE MacNIVEN hails from the highlands of Scotland. A lifelong fan of sci-fi and fantasy, he has had over a dozen novels published in settings ranging from Marvel’s X-Men, to Descent: Legends of the Dark, to Warhammer 40,000. Having completed a doctorate in Military History from the University of Edinburgh in 2020, he also possesses a keen interest in the past. His hobbies include historical re-enacting and making eight-hour round trips every second weekend to watch Rangers FC.

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CATH LAURIA is a Colorado girl who loves snow and sunshine. She prefers books to TV shows, has a vast collection of beautiful, edged weapons, and could totally survive in the wild without electricity or running water, but would really prefer not to. She loves writing speculative fiction of all genres, and has a long list of publications under her belt as romance author Cari Z.

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AMANDA BRIDGEMAN is a versatile writer who enjoys working across both original and tie-in worlds. She is a two-time Tin Duck Award winner, an Aurealis and Ditmar Awards finalist, and author of several novels and short stories, including the Aurora series, The Time of the Stripes, Scribe Award winning novel Pandemic: Patient Zero, and the Salvation series consisting of The Subjugate and The Sensation, which is currently being developed for TV by Anonymous Content and Aquarius Films.

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PAT SHAND is a writer. He has created/co-created the comic books Destiny NY, Snap Flash Hustle, Breathless, Little Girl, Family Pets, Prison Witch, Afterglow, and more as well as writing extensively for established properties, such as CharmedAdventure TimeDisney Villains, Casper, Zorro, and Angel. In addition to his work as a comic book creator, he has written and produced off-off Broadway theatre and worked as a novelist on original stories for Marvel, including Guardians of the Galaxy: Space Riot, Iron Man: Mutually Assured Destruction, Avengers: The Serpent Society, Spider-Man: Spideyography, and Thor: Crusade of the Forgotten. He runs the independent publisher Space Between Entertainment in New York, where he lives with his wife Amy and their army of cats.

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Xeric Award-winning graphic novelist NEIL KLEID authored Ninety Candles, a novella about life, death, legacy and comics, and the acclaimed graphic novels Brownsville and The Big Kahn. He has written several comic books and graphic novels; adapted Jack London’s novel Call of the Wild into sequentials for Penguin Books; did the opposite for the seminal Marvel Comics’ storyline Spider-Man: Kraven’s Last Hunt; and co-authored Powers: The Secret History of Deena Pilgrim, a novel based on the award-winning comic book series. Savor, his culinary adventure graphic novel with John Broglia and Frank Reynoso, was released by Dark Horse Comics. He lives with wife, kids and dog in New Jersey by way of Detroit.

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CARRIE HARRIS has been writing professionally since the early 2000s. She writes original and licensed books in a variety of worlds including Marvel, Warhammer 40k, the World of Darkness, and the Fate RPG. Her books Shadow Avengers: A Marvel Crisis Protocol NovelWitches Unleashed: A Marvel Untold Novel, and Liberty and Justice for All: A Xavier’s Institute Novel were Scribe award finalists for best licensed fiction, and her young adult horror comedy Bad Taste in Boys was a Quick Pick for Reluctant Readers. She is a member of the International Association of Media Tie-In Writers and the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers Association. Carrie lives in New York with her ninja doctor husband, teenagers, and a cranky dog named Slartibartfast.

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Interviews and Articles

“Readers can expect fun team pair ups in these novels, as well as a fond, yet frustrated, Cyclops, Magneto, and Emma Frost as they try to wrangle their students from getting into trouble and learn from their mistakes. What hypocrites, huh? Or perhaps they’re simply wise and mature now…”
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School of X, A Marvel Xavier's Institute Anthology edited by Gwendolyn Nix

Global Ebook On Sale: December 7, 2021
US Paperback On Sale: December 21, 2021
UK Paperback On Sale: March 17, 2022

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