And their names, those marks that define them so distinctively? Remember, the desert has its lessons — those names engraved so clearly on our memories are only sand patterns, discernible for the moment but unfailingly mortal.

— Githa Hariharan, When Dreams Travel

This is the website of Alex Dally MacFarlane, a British writer of science fiction, fantasy, historical and interstitial stories and poetry, and the editor of the science fiction anthologies Aliens: Recent Encounters (Prime Books: 2013) and The Mammoth Book of SF Stories by Women (Constable & Robinson: 2014). In 2015, Alex joined Sofia Samatar as co-editor of non-fiction and poetry for Interfictions Online.

Alex’s work has been published in Clarkesworld Magazine, Interfictions Online, Strange Horizons, Beneath Ceaseless Skies and the anthologies Solaris Rising 3, Phantasm Japan, Gigantic Worlds and The Year’s Best Science Fiction & Fantasy: 2014. An online sampler of short fiction is available here.

Follow Alex on Twitter @foxvertebrae.


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"...the 33 stories that MacFarlane has gathered for this volume dazzle with the virtuosity of their contributors’ talents."

- Publishers Weekly: STARRED REVIEW

"Works from around the world, some in translation, provide an invaluable snapshot of this moment in the genre as well as some tremendously enjoyable reading."

- Publishers Weekly: Best Books of 2014

"The stories range widely in scope and form — from prose poems to metafiction — to capture a dynamic, forward-thinking genre that plays with history, myth and science."

- The Washington Post: Think science fiction is dominated by men? Think again.

"...ground-breaking and superbly conceived..."

- Nina Allan: Strange Horizons: 2014 In Review

Aliens: Recent Encounters

"...this [anthology] blew us away more than any other. Mostly because of the sheer volume of greatness contained in these 32 stories... These are classic stories of alien encounters, from some of the best science fiction writers working today."

- io9.com Best Books of 2013

Short Stories