R. P. Sand is a theoretical physicist turned scientific advisor for literature and film, science communicator and educator, and writer of speculative fiction whose words have made the Locus Recommended Reading List. Cats, coffee, cosplay, and colorful socks are a few of her favorite things.

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R. P. Sand has the following works available at Clarkesworld:

An Ode to Stardust

FICTION by R. P. Sand in Issue 197 – February 2023

My cat hops up to his favorite spot by the window to observe the nebula, the pitter-patter of his paws and the low hum-rumble of the engine the only sounds in the room. Misty tendrils amble past, glimmering and cloudlike, carrying an entire medley of warm hues, and his black coat is gilded with a […]

The Last Civilian

FICTION by R. P. Sand in Issue 172 – January 2021

You, on the day of your birth. You blink into existence, and the first thing you hear is: We are at war with the Uilai. The Uilai must be eliminated. Well, “hear” is an understatement, for the sentiment is injected through multiple channels: auditory, visual, synaptic. These words are your prime truth. You are carte […]

Ask the Fireflies

FICTION by R. P. Sand in Issue 168 – September 2020

They say the universe was created when a Giant lit a matchstick. That her great sigh fanned the flames that danced and wept into stars and constellations. They say some seas are blue and Slugs are naturally submissive. They also say that I cannot exist. But what do they know? These are truths or untruths […]