Marlee is a boss, pure and simple. I could leave it there. Everything else I am going to write is mere window dressing, is just garnish. Pure boss. She’s also a fantastic goddamn writer of brilliant, imaginative spec fic. She’s a graduate of the Clarion West writers workshop, and also the very famous and elite Creative Writing degree at the University of Wollongong. She is the author of Welcome to Orphancorp, which was one of the Seizure Viva la Novella winners, and just won the Victorian Premier’s Literary Awards YA prize. It’s so well deserved, it’s such a fucking great book.
Welcome to Orphancorp is a dystopian YA novella about a young woman’s last week in a kind of factory-style orphanage. 1984 meets The Hunger Games. It’s an absolute killer – smart, beautifully written, funny and progressive. This is what sci-fi should be, a must read for anyone who is getting bored of the same old shit. I’m particularly into the way her characters are inclusive and diverse – there’s so much representation going on, and it’s just done naturally and without comment.
Check out that goddamn flow.