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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 living on Wurundjeri Land in Melbourne, Australia. She grew up on the Central Coast of New South Wales, studied creative writing at the University of Wollongong and is an alum of the Clarion West Writers Workshop in Seattle, Washington.

She is the author of the award-winning Orphancorp Series (which is in early development for the screen.) Her short fiction is published in Aurealis, Apex, Interfictions, Terraform and others. You can find her non-fiction in Overland, Meanjin, KYD, Scum Mag and more. She writes memoir as Mia Walsch.


She spends most of her time managing the inside of her own head. She is living her dream of being an apocalypse witch and someone’s fabulous goth aunt.

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The Structure

Published Mar 7, 2020 · 3,562 words (13 minutes) · 520 views

Science Fiction dystopian

This is one of the first short stories I finished when I refocused on writing starting in 2012. I got the idea when I was lost in a multi-storey carpark, trying to find my car. This was one of my Clarion West application stories (I mean, one of the successful ones!) It took 2nd place in the KSP Foundation's annual short-story prize in 2014, and was originally published on the now-defunct but totally rad Australian science-fiction short-story site 'Slink Chunk Press'.

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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 · 886 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) · 460 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) · 2 likes · 531 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) · 534 views

Science Fiction post-apocalpytic

In a diner on the edge of the wasteland...

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The Walking Thing

Published Jul 25, 2019 · 6,692 words (25 minutes) · 3 likes · 527 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 · 1208 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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