Mary Anne Mohanraj


The Stars Change

by Mary Anne Mohanraj, illustrated by Jack Kotz

In October 2011, I ran a Kickstarter to fund a new book of science fiction, and in March 2013, the completed book was picked up by Circlet Press, and is now available online, in e-book, paperback, hardcover, and audiobook.

First Story:

Here's the opening story from the book, "The Night Air."

Book Description:

On a South Asian-settled university planet, tensions are rising. The first interstellar war has just been declared; the pure humans (or at least a segment of them) against the genetically modified humods and the aliens. The players in this Jack Kotz image game are complex, and the average citizen doesn't really understand what's going on. They just want to go on with their life: go to work, go home, make love to their wife. Or wives. Or husbands. Or indeterminate gender human and/or alien partners. Yet when the Warren, the alien ghetto, comes under attack, humans, humods, and aliens must all decide where they stand -- what is worth fighting for, or maybe even worth dying for.

The Stars Change, an illustrated short novel told in interconnected stories, is set in the same universe as my story "Jump Space," which you can read for free. You can also read a ton of my short stories on my site. Reader favorites include "Seven Cups of Water." My last book, Bodies in Motion, was also a collection of linked stories, published by HarperCollins and translated into half a dozen languages.

Author Bio:

Mary Anne Mohanraj is author of Bodies in Motion (HarperCollins) and nine 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 Director 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 "Talking to Elephants" (Abyss & Apex) and "Jump Space" (Thoughtcrime Experiments).  She lives in a creaky old Victorian in Oak Park, just outside Chicago, with her partner, Kevin, two small children, and a sweet dog.

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A video of me at Tuesday Funk, reading "The Night Air."