Sci-Fi High - Live the curriculum!


Mountain Valley Academy high school students announce the publication of their seven-story science fiction anthology, Sci-Fi High - Live the Curriculum. Collaborating with local author C.R. Downing, students in Debbie Ray’s creative writing class set the stories in a Roswell, New Mexico high school nicknamed Sci-Fi High.


Integral to each story, and to the high school, is a phenomenon known as morphing. As the subtitle of the short story collection suggests, when a morph occurs, an entire classroom is “transformed” into an educational experience like no other. Instead of lectures, books, and worksheets, a student might find his or herself


  • in a struggle to save the Declaration of Independence,
  • cast as a lead dancer in The Nutcracker,
  • thrown into the fairy tale of the Little Mermaid,
  • flying a pilot-less commercial jet,
  • matching wits with understudies attempting to sabotage a play,
  • or helping out the man with the shopping bag in Tiananmen Square.


Between August 2015 and April 2017, Downing and Ray met with the students weekly to teach and coach the writers to develop the short stories and learn the publishing process.


The book is published through Amazon’s CreateSpace program, and is  also available as an e-book. A launch party for the anthology was held May 11, 2017 at 10:30 am at Mountain Valley Academy’s multipurpose room (1010 Ramona Street, Ramona, CA 92065).


For more information, contact MVA teacher Debbie Ray ( or 760.787.3629).


Click on the book's FRONT cover to purchase the book from CreateSpace. The password is Morph.

Click on the book's BACK cover to purchase the book from Amazon.

Click here to go to purchase Sci-Fi High's on Kindle