Vandana Singh is a writer of speculative fiction and a professor of physics and environment at Framingham State University, a small public institution near Boston. Her critically acclaimed short stories have been reprinted in numerous best-of-year anthologies and her collection, Ambiguity Machines and Other Stories (Small Beer Press and Zubaan, 2018) was a finalist for the Philip K. Dick award. Her most recent work is a short collection of essays and stories, Utopias of the Third Kind (PM Press 2022). Vandana’s academic background is in particle physics, but for over a decade she has been working on a transdisciplinary, justice-centered re-conceptualization of the climate crisis, at the intersection of science, economics, sociology, philosophy, history, and futures studies.


Vandana Singh has the following works available at Clarkesworld:

Left to Die

FICTION by Vandana Singh in Issue 195 – December 2022

They had left her to die. Binu had realized that too late. At the time she thought she was only being pragmatic, and perhaps a bit noble. “Leave me, I’ll be all right,” she had rasped, gritting her teeth against the pain, looking into Niko’s eyes as he bent over her. Her mouth had tasted […]


REPRINT FICTION by Vandana Singh in Issue 89 – February 2014

An equation means nothing to me unless it expresses a thought of God. —Srinivasa Ramanujan, Indian mathematician (1887-1920) Abdul Karim is his name. He is a small, thin man, precise to the point of affectation in his appearance and manner. He walks very straight; there is gray in his hair and in his short, pointed […]

Cry of the Kharchal

FICTION by Vandana Singh in Issue 83 – August 2013

She was no more than a breath, a tongue of air, tasting, sensing, divining. She swept through the hotel ramparts like the subtlest of breezes. She had done it: made time stand still. Her people, so scattered now, so weak, had helped her draw the power from the sandstorm, turning its energy against itself so […]