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    Creative Writing as R. P. Sand

    Fiction Bibliography:

    • R. P. Sand. “Rat-tail Tea and Buttermilk Biscuits.” Constelación Magazine. Forthcoming.
    • 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.


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  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

    Forthcoming in Constelación Magazine.


    Works in Progress

  • 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.

  • Untitled Feature Film

    Battling inner demons doesn’t have to be lonely.

    An emotional, psychological indie feature 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

  • Quantum Kittens

    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.



  • 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.