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  • Quantum Kittens (Beta)

    Cats love the extraordinary.

    From marbles that are red and blue at the same time to feathers that spontaneously appear and disappear, the cat world is a little funkier than ours.  This illustrated dive into their world aims to explain the concepts of quantum physics, and how these properties open doors to powerful computing.

    Also available in Spanish and Japanese!

  • Speculative Fiction as R. P. Sand

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  • Fiction Bibliography:

    • R. P. Sand. “Shadows on the Pavement.” Forthcoming in Lightspeed Magazine.
    • R. P. Sand. “Eternity is Moments.” Forthcoming in Asimov’s Science Fiction Magazine.
    • R. P. Sand. “So You Want to Run a Temporal Coffee Shop.” Forthcoming in Worlds of Possibility.
    • R. P. Sand. “An Ode to Stardust.” Clarkesworld. February 2023.
    • R. P. Sand. “No Truer Shades.” ParSec Magazine #6. January 2023.
    • R. P. Sand. “Rat-tail Tea and Buttermilk Biscuits.” Constelación Magazine. October 2021.
    • R. P. Sand. “The Last Civilian.” Clarkesworld. January 2021.
    • R. P. Sand. “Ask the Fireflies.” Clarkesworld. September 2020.
    • R. P. Sand. “Everett’s Cat.” Nature: Futures. August 2020.

    My writing through-lines include grief, trauma, mental health, and (often non-romantic) love. I manage to slip in a cat or two every so often as well.


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  • An Ode to Stardust

    When midnight stars ignite the skies….

    A far future sci-fi piece set on a mining moon in the Archipelago about a chronically ill, neurodivergent woman who becomes the youngest Station Commander in history. This is a sequel to Ask the Fireflies, but also works as a standalone.

    Published in Clarkesworld on February 1, 2023.

    Made the prestigious 2023 Locus Recommended Reading List.

  • No Truer Shades

    This. This is what happens when a witch who is no good at being a witch tries to run a business.

    An introspective novelette about a witch trying to find her place in the world. This story is my love letter to anyone who’s ever felt unworthy of taking up space or pursuing a dream.

    First published in ParSec Magazine Issue #6, January 2023.


  • The Last Civilian

    We are at war with the Uilai. The Uilai must be eliminated.

    The Last Civilian is a sci-fi-fantasy novelette set in the same universe as Ask the Fireflies.

    Published in Clarkesworld on January 1, 2021.

    Made the prestigious 2021 Locus Recommended Reading List.

  • Ask the Fireflies

    No, Alshea is not “as good as dead.”

    Ask the Fireflies is a far future sci-fi novelette set on a mining moon.

    First line: They say the universe was created when a Giant lit a matchstick.

    Published in Clarkesworld on September 1, 2020.




  • Rat-tail Tea and Buttermilk Biscuits

    Oh, what’s a witch to do??

    This short story is a letter from a witch to her best friend about a predicament she finds herself in.

    First published in Constelación Magazine on Oct. 4, 2021. 



  • Everett’s Cat

    What if it was Everett and not Schrödinger who thought of the cat?

    Everett’s Cat is a sci-fi flash fiction piece.

    First line: For the first time, my sister didn’t die.

    Published in Nature Futures on Aug. 5, 2020.





  • Eternity is Moments

    A dying earth and a question: what truly is abundance?

    A sci-fi short story about a granddaughter who yearns for her grandfather’s approval.

    Forthcoming in Asimov’s Science Fiction Magazine.


  • Shadows on the Pavement

    You are what blooms between my thoughts.

    A fantasy flash fiction piece that is a love letter to you. Yes, you.

    Forthcoming in Lightspeed Magazine.


  • So You Want to Run a Temporal Coffee Shop

    Believe you me, the work is harder than it looks.

    A whimsical, witchy, fantasy short story about a temporal coffee shop for magical folks.

    Forthcoming in Worlds of Possibility.

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  • Sujhaav#667

    Battling inner demons doesn’t have to be lonely.

    An emotional, psychological indie feature film with a splash of the supernatural about mental health & the power of strong friendships. Main characters are badass Indian women in America.

    Story concept: Sailaja Bandhopadhyay

  • The Taste of Water

    Water is alive…it feels, remembers, and likes sweet things.

    A fantasy feature film about a sweet shop in a secluded Indian-inspired town. Featuring a sullen sweetmaker, a friendly witch, a pair of rambunctious orphans, and sentient water.



  • Biological Property

    Who does DNA belong to?

    Biological Property is an anthology of short fiction set in the near future that depicts what will happen if we do not address certain important ethical questions on this eve of a genetic revolution.

    It is currently simultaneously being pitched as a limited anthology tv series. The series co-creator is screenwriter and producer Manon de Reeper.

  • The Lead Role

    What is your role in the universal grid?

    The Lead Role is a sci-fantasy collection of short stories based on the theater, that addresses the outreach of a supposedly insignificant action. It follows portions of ten seemingly independent characters’ lives. The underlying web that connects the stories is not only depicted in words, but in special design elements across the pages of the book.