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Marlee Jane Ward

Marlee Jane Ward writes speculative fiction and dreams of the future.

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Marlee Jane Ward is a writer, reader and weirdo from Melbourne, Australia. Her short fiction is published at Interfictions, Terraform, Apex, The Sockdolager, Aurealis, Mad Scientist Journal, Slink Chunk Press, Feminartsy and the In Your Face, Hear Me Roar, Kindred and Best Summer Stories anthologies. Her non-fiction can be found at Overland, Kill Your Darlings, Writers Bloc, Going Down Swinging and more. Her debut novella, Welcome To Orphancorp, won Seizure’s Viva La Novella 3 and the 2016 Victorian Premiers Literary Award for Young Adult Fiction. The sequel, Psynode, was released in May of 2017 and was shortlisted for best YA novel in the 2018 Aurealis Awards. The third and final book in the series is due out in April, 2019. Marlee likes dreaming of the future, cats, and making a spectacle of herself

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Featured August 30, 2019

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Phasing In, Phasing Out

Published Aug 29, 2019 · 4,065 words (15 minutes) · 4 likes · 299 views

Science Fiction time travel

When Diana starts to phase-shift every time she daydreams, she’s taken off assignment and sent to a hospital for time travelers with the chain-smoking faux-French Fabienne. After a lifetime of avoiding the present, she’ll need to decide if she can embrace the here-and-now.

Author Marlee Jane Ward hails from Melbourne, and her work has appeared in Terraform, Apex, The Sockdolager, and many more.

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Phasing In, Phasing Out

Published Aug 29, 2019 · 4,065 words (15 minutes) · 61 views

Science Fiction time travel

A hospital for time travellers, and unrequited love...

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The Rainmaker Goddess, Hallowed Shaz

Published Aug 1, 2019 · 1,707 words (7 minutes) · 1 like · 76 views

Fantasy

A goddess, a too-big dress and the entire sky.

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Clara's

Published Jul 27, 2019 · 5,994 words (22 minutes) · 100 views

Science Fiction post-apocalpytic

In a diner of the edge of the wastelands...

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The Walking Thing

Published Jul 25, 2019 · 6,692 words (25 minutes) · 2 likes · 128 views

Science Fiction plague epidemic

A plague of walking and the girl who stays behind.

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Featured July 26, 2019

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The Beasts and the Birthday

Published Jul 25, 2019 · 5,157 words (19 minutes) · 4 likes · 525 views

Science Fiction Alien intergenerational trauma

The beasts that changed the world came just before Georgia was born. Her family’s struggles to survive haunt them still — but, years later, a taboo birthday celebration might be enough to keep hope alive.

Author Marlee Jane Ward lives in Melbourne, Australia, and her work has appeared in Interfictions, Terraform, Apex, and more. The final installment in her award-winning Orphancorp trilogy is now available from Brio Books.

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Starving To Death In Brunswick West

Published Jul 25, 2019 · 1,656 words (7 minutes) · 94 views

Science Fiction survival quarantine Outbreak

A morbid recipe book for the end times.

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