Mary Anne Mohanraj

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Mary Anne Mohanraj

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What I Write

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“Maya hurried through the narrow cobbled streets of Old Town, lifting her heavily embroidered sari skirts out of the muck as she went. The stars were slowly emerging, faintly visible through the shimmering screen of the dome overhead…”

What I Write

I’m starting a new SF series, featuring a mixed-race bi female protagonist, set against the backdrop of an interstellar war. This is in the same universe as my short story, “Jump Space,” and my Lambda-nominated novella, _The Stars Change_.

Read “Jump Space” for free:

The Stars Change:


Mary Anne Mohanraj is author of Bodies in Motion (HarperCollins) and ten other titles. Bodies in Motion was a finalist for the Asian American Book Awards, a USA Today Notable Book, and has been translated into six languages. Previous titles include Aqua Erotica and Wet (two erotica anthologies edited for Random House), Kathryn in the City and The Classics Professor (two erotic choose-your-own-adventure novels, Penguin), and The Best of Strange Horizons. Mohanraj founded the Hugo-nominated magazine, Strange Horizons. She was Guest of Honor at WisCon 2010, received a Breaking Barriers Award from the Chicago Foundation for Women for her work in Asian American arts organizing, and won an Illinois Arts Council Fellowship in Prose. Mohanraj has taught at the Clarion SF/F workshop, and is now Clinical Assistant Professor of fiction and literature and Associate Coordinator of Asian and Asian American Studies at the University of Illinois at Chicago. She serves as Executive Director of both DesiLit ( and the Speculative Literature Foundation ( Recent publications include the collection Without a Map, Aqueduct Press, co-authored with Nnedi Okorafor. Mohanraj’s newest book is a Kickstarter-funded Lambda-award-finalist science fiction novella, The Stars Change, November 2013 from Circlet Press. She serves as editor-in-chief of Jaggery, a South Asian literary journal ( Mohanraj lives in a creaky old Victorian in Oak Park, just outside Chicago, with her partner, Kevin, two small children, and a sweet dog.

My Write-a-thon Goals

Writing Goals

I’m a teacher, and my semester starts again on August 24th, so my main goal is to get a TON of writing done before classes start again. Ideally, a full 100,000 word draft of the book. I have 2,284 words so far…that’s about 1600 words / day.

Fundraising Goals

Sponsor for $5, and I will think fondly of you, and so will many Clarion students!

Sponsor for $20, and I’ll send you a thank you card and a couple of sexy bookmarks featuring Kimsriyalani, the cat-like computer programmer who helped save the day in The Stars Change. Art by Lee Moyer.

Sponsor for $100, and I’ll read your short story (up to 10,000 words) and send back a one-page critique before the end of the summer.

Sponsor for $500, and you get naming rights for a character in the book! (Name must be vaguely plausible for my universe.)


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