What would you do if the world were about to end? Many people would head straight to bed. A few might lie there with the covers pulled up over their heads, but many of us would choose something more -- distracting.
On a planet far, far away, tensions are rising. Men against men, men against aliens -- the players in this 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.
War is breaking out and the whole world is going to hell, but in the demimonde, the half-world, people are still having sex. Lots of sex. And they are doing so in a set of interconnected stories, short and hot and sweet and sometimes a little sad. They are here from all over the galaxy, at the University of All Worlds. They're mostly human, or humanoid, although some of the aliens are pretty damn alien. You should see that thing with all the eyes.
I'm Mary Anne Mohanraj, and I'd really love to write these stories. I'll be e-mailing out stories as I finish them to my donors, at an expected rate of 1-2 stories a month, with a finished collection of roughly 12-20 stories (some longer, some shorter). I should take roughly a year to produce the entire book. I love illustrated books, so if enough funds come in, I plan to commission artists to illustrate the various editions. Words and pictures together make a super-sexy pairing.
Demimonde 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, to get a taste of what you'd be supporting. Reader favorites include "Seven Cups of Water," (two girls, a string of hot nights, and a little chili powder). My last book, Bodies in Motion, was also a collection of linked stories, published by HarperCollins and translated into half a dozen languages. It won some awards.
If you like what you read, I hope you'll consider supporting this project. The money raised will allow me to focus on writing these stories, which may be a little unconventional for a traditional publisher. I think we could have a lot of fun together.
Video credits: Mars graphic courtesy NASA; music courtesy Nobilis Reed. Thanks!
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