We used to believe light was a wave, then we discovered it had the properties of a particle that we call a photon. Now we know it, like all elementary quantum objects, is both a wave and a particle!
Schrödinger dreamed up a cat that, thanks to quantum physics, is half-alive and half-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 invite you to pick up the threads of this story and tell a new tale.
Surprise us. Thrill us. Move us. Entertain us. Take inspiration from quantum theory to write flash fiction: a story no longer than 1000 words. Visit our inspiration pages for help getting started. You have until 11:59:59 PM ET on 1 December 2015 to enter.
Paweł is Associate Professor in the Department of American Literature and Culture at Maria Curie-Skłodowska University, Lublin, Poland and the director of the newly-established Video Game Research Center at MCSU. His research interests include science fiction and its visualities, unpopular culture, and trans-media storytelling. He is also an editorial consultant for Science Fiction Studies and Extrapolation, and a member of the editorial board of Journal of Gaming and Virtual Worlds. He currently serves as Immediate Past President of the Science Fiction Research Association, the largest and the oldest professional organization in the field of science fiction studies.