Alex primarily writes about gender in SFF, but interests also encompass history, anthologising, translation and gaming. In 2014, Alex ran the Post-Binary Gender in SF column at


“Translating Gender: Ancillary Justice in Five Languages” : Interfictions Online, 2015

“how can I escape it” : Letters to Tiptree, eds. Alexandra Pierce & Alisa Krasnostein (Twelfth Planet Press: 2015)

Inclusive Reviewing: A Discussion [reprint] : The WisCon Chronicles (Vol 9): Intersections and Aliances, ed. Mary Anne Mohanraj (Aqueduct Press: 2015)

MIND MELD: The Intersection of SF/F Games and Genre Fiction : SF Signal, 2015

Introduction [reprint] : Speculative Fiction 2014: The Best Online Reviews, Essays and Commentary eds. Renee Williams & Shaun Duke (Book Smugglers Publishing: 2014)

MIND MELD: When Genre Intersects Classical Literature and Myth : SF Signal, 2014

Review: The Haunted Girl, by Lisa M. Bradley : Stone Telling, 2014

Friday Five: 5 Fascinating Maps : Pornokitsch, 2014

Inclusive Reviewing: A Discussion : Strange Horizons, 2014

Story Behind Aliens: Recent Encounters : upcoming4me, 2013

Out now!

"...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."

- Best Books of 2013

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