One school of thought says that the strangeness of quantum theory can be put down to a lack of information; if we could find the “hidden variables” the mysteries would all go away.
Schrödinger dreamed up a cat that, thanks to quantum physics, is both alive and dead. Einstein worried about spooky action at a distance. Now Google is trying to build a quantum computer and we can communicate secretly using quantum particles. This is not even a century of progress in quantum physics. It sounds like science fiction, but that's your job. We asked you to pick up the threads of this story and tell a new tale - and wow, you responded! The contest received over 400 entries. After careful deliberation by our panels of expert judges and a public vote to decide a People's Choice prize, we have four winning stories. We are delighted to present the winning stories to you along with some of the judges' comments, interviews with the authors and original artwork.
Clara Moskowitz is Scientific American's senior editor covering space and physics. She has a bachelor's degree in astronomy and physics from Wesleyan University and a graduate degree in science journalism from the University of California, Santa Cruz. Prior to joining Scientific American, she worked for Space.com, Wired, Discover magazine and the American Museum of Natural History.