Intergalactic High is a series of young adult science
fiction books written by Frost
Devereaux, under the pseudonym Claire McGuffin. The books
focus on a high school in the Horsehead
Nebula called The Rigellian School for Females during the
The first novel in the series was published in 1997 by
Planet X Publishing. Eleven novels followed between 1997 and 2002, when
the series ended with A
Look Back. Planet X Publishing was acquired by the Random House
group, which did not pursue continuing the series. Devereaux went on to
edit adult novels and published the adult novel, The
Lifesaver in 2008.
The story for the Intergalactic High series focuses on
Lilly Mitchell, a fifteen-year-old girl from the 20th Century. During
an experiment by an eccentric scientist, Lilly is catapulted into the
25th Century through a temporal rift.
The Universal Coalition, the governing body of Earth
and most of known space in the 25th Century, outlawed research on time
travel early in the 23rd Century after a series of temporal disasters.
The Coalition's Time Authority apprehend Lilly, at first holding her in
custody as a "time criminal." After Lilly proves her innocence, she is
turned over to her nearest relative, a scatter-brained niece named
Unable to deal with raising a young child, Edna-with
help from her scheming nephew Horace-sends Lilly to The Rigellian
School for Females in the Horsehead Nebula. Lilly is at first an
outcast among the students, befriending an unpopular alien named
Frabpe. Together they save the school from destruction from a
misunderstanding with a new race of aliens.
The remainder of the series continues to follow Lilly
and Frabpe through their four years at The Rigellian School for Females
until their graduation in the final installment. Most of their
adventures feature science fiction staples like alien invaders, time
travel, and space exploration. In addition, the series incorporated
elements of the fantasy genre such as vampires, zombies, and fairies.
Lilly is the primary character throughout the series.
She was a resident of Phoenix, Arizona in the year 1996 until a
temporal rift created by her neighbor transports her to the 25th
Century. Lilly soon finds herself enrolled at The Rigellian School for
Females in the Horsehead Nebula. Though at first an outcast at the
school, throughout the series Lilly makes friends with several other
characters and in Against
the Odds makes the varsity razorsled-a version of
bobsledding using rocket-powered sleds-team. In Taking Sides Lilly
is promoted to captain of the razorsled squad. In addition to sports,
Lilly also takes interest in playing the lungaphone, a combination of a
French horn and harpsichord, making the school band in Hard Choices.
Despite her outsider status at the school, Lilly is always depicted as
upbeat, positive, and strong-willed. In most every novel Lilly and her
friends are the ones who save the day, often through Lilly's ingenuity
Frabpe is Lilly Mitchell's best friend at the school
and comes from a race of aliens who inhabit a world called Dekappra. As
the only Dekappran to ever enroll at The Rigellian School for Females,
Frabpe is initially as much of an outsider as Lilly. Throughout the
series, the two remain friends with the exception of Dangerous Love
where an alien parasite infects Lilly and turns her against Frabpe.
Because Dekapprans primarily live underground on their home planet,
Frabpe wears protective goggles to protect her eyes from bright lights.
Frabpe's primary interest at the school is the field of exobiology and
she is often shown collecting alien plants and animals to study. While
Lilly is the unquestioned leader, Frabpe is depicted as capable in her
own right as well as reliable and emotionally stable-a perfect foil for
the more emotional Lilly. Her presence helps make Lilly's stay at the
school more bearable and her steadiness and curiosity aid Lilly in
solving the crises the girls face.
The class president through all four years of her stay
at The Rigellian School for Females, Nickle is the most popular girl at
the school. She frequently lords this over her social inferiors,
especially the non-human students. Because of this, Nickle and Lilly
Mitchell frequently clash with each other, with the exception
Love when the parasite-infested Lilly befriends Nickle.
Though often egocentric and cruel, Nickle is also depicted as having a
conscience when anyone is hurt. At times, as in Growing Pains
and Against the
Odds, Nickle and Lilly are forced to work together for the
common good. Because of this, Nickle is not a true "villain" of the
The headmaster of The Rigellian School for Females,
SPNCR-7 is a automaton designed for bureaucratic management. Its
programming is based off some of the most heinous bureaucrats in
history, including heads of the IRS and California DMV. Throughout the
series, SPNCR-7 is often shown jeopardizing the lives of students it is
supposed to care for because of an adherence to rules and regulations.
Since it is a machine and performing its function, SPNCR-7 is not
classified as a true "villain" in the series either.
The only non-human on the teaching staff, S'Teir is a
reptilian from the planet Sloparn who teaches music appreciation.
Because she does not have human vocal chords, she communicates with a
computerized voice box. Among all the teachers at The Rigellian School
for Females, S'Teir is the friendliest with Lilly Mitchell and Frabpe,
due largely to Lilly and Frabpe's clearing her of murder charges
in Against the
Odds. Though a member of the faculty, S'Teir is often
shown working behind-the-scenes against the directives of Headmaster
SPNCR-7. At the conclusion of A Look Back it's
revealed that S'Teir is promoted to the headmaster post.
The senior-most teacher at The Rigellian School for
Females, Paul Elmer is so old that no one knows his true age. He
teaches composition and drama, often falling asleep on his feet. His
critiques of student work are severely harsh, though it's usually shown
they are also on-target. Despite his cantankerous personality, Paul
Elmer often treats Lilly Mitchell with kindness as "the second oldest
person at school." At the beginning of A Look Back Elmer
finally retires to direct a theater company of seniors on a tropical
The distant relative of Lilly Mitchell, Edna married a
wealthy industrialist. In time she inherited her husband's money and
nephew Horace. Despite her wealth and privilege, Edna is shown spending
most of her time gossiping with a group of sycophants. Most of Edna's
appearances throughout the series-with the exception of Growing Pains when
a visiting Edna is changed into a two-year-old through a temporal
anomaly-occur through long-distance communication.
The nephew of Edna Boman, Horace is a teenager scheming
to take over his aunt's vast fortune. When Lilly Mitchell arrives,
Horace is a driving force to sending her to The Rigellian School for
Females, concerned she might try to steal his inheritance. Horace
appears prominently in two novels, most notably Summer Winds where
he and Lilly spend a summer at a razorsled camp on Neptune. In other
novels Horace makes cameos to support Lilly when she requires
assistance, not out of love, but to keep her at the school.
The primary theme throughout the Intergalactic High
series is alienation. Most of the main characters-including Lilly
Mitchell, Frabpe, and S'Teir-are outsiders to the main student body and
faculty. Issues of prejudice and assimilation are frequently part of
the crises threatening the school, such as in Final Frontiers
when a race riot threatens to tear the school apart.
Other novels deal with deforestation,
industrialization, animal experimentation, and similar environmental
themes. The bureaucratic mindset of Headmaster SPNCR-7 that often puts
the school in danger also raises the issue of dictatorship versus
the Odds especially discusses the pitfalls of
Intergalactic High Series (Published Under the Name
- New Arrivals (1997)
- Playing With Fire (1997)
- Growing Pains (1999)
- Against the Odds (1999)
- Summer Winds (1999)
- Final Frontiers (2000)
- Outcasts (2000)
- Caught in the Middle (2000)
- Dangerous Love (2001)
- Taking Sides (2001)
- Hard Choices (2001)
- A Look Back (2002)
rights for the
Intergalactic High series were purchased in 2002 by Trailways Pictures.
The company dissolved before production could begin on the
installment of the series.