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Mohanraj, Mary Anne

Entry updated 15 May 2023. Tagged: Author.

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(1971-    ) Sri Lankan-born editor and author, in USA from infancy, who began to publish work of genre interest with "A Dream of Wolves" in Black October Magazine for May 1996, but who became a significant figure in modern sf with her co-founding of Strange Horizons in September 2000; she served as editor until 2003, and editor emeritus subsequently. An anthology, Strange Horizons: The Best of Year One (anth 2003), compendiously assembles work under her editorship. During the early years of her career, Mohanraj published stories in various genres, most of the erotic fiction she published (see Sex) being nonfantastic, including most of the stories assembled in Torn Shapes of Desire: Internet Erotica (coll 1996) and Bodies in Motion: Stories (coll of linked stories 2005); some of the stories assembled in her Anthology series Aqua Erotica, beginning with Aqua Erotica (anth 2000), have fantastic content. Her early novels [not listed below] are nonfantastic.

The Stars Change (coll 2012 chap; much exp as fixup 2013) is a contemplative Space Opera set within the Keep-like University of All Souls, whose occupants must decide how to respond to an imminent interstellar War one of whose consequences is a probable breakdown of the existing civilization in favour of ethnic, racial, sexual and political groupings. Mohanraj's entire career, in the several genres to which she has contributed, can be seen as combating such an outcome on this planet. [JC]

see also: Locus Award (special category).

Mary Anne Amirthi Mohanraj

born Colombo, Sri Lanka: 26 July 1971

works (selected)

  • The Stars Change (no place given: Mary Anne Mohanraj, 2012) [coll: chap: assembling two linked stories: pb/Jack Kotz]
    • The Stars Change (Cambridge, Massachusetts: Circlet Press, 2013) [fixup: massive exp of the above: pb/Jack Kotz]


works as editor


Aqua Erotica

individual titles as editor

nonfiction works as editor


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