Our most successful theories of cosmology suggest that our universe is one of many universes that bubble off from one another. It’s not clear whether it will ever be possible to detect these other universes.
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 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. Our judges have a very hard job ahead.
We've announced the shortlists! Read the top ten stories in the Open and Youth categories and vote for your favourite by the end of January to help decide the People's Choice prize. You can still read all the other entries to the contest too. There were many stories we loved that couldn't squeeze into a top ten.
Kai Chai has two poetry collections, Pretend I'm Not Here (2006) and Sectre Manta (2001), which was adapted from an entry shortlisted for the 1995 Singapore Literature Prize. His poems have been featured in overseas anthologies such as WW Norton Anthology, Language for a New Century (2008), as well as journals like The Wolf (UK), Ars Interpres (Sweden) and Prairie Schooner (US). His short stories have appeared in Balik Kampung (2012) and Twenty-Four Flavours (2013). He co-wrote a short-story collection called The Adopted: Stories From Angkor (2015) with three other writers. He has covered the arts and entertainment as editor, writer and music reviewer for two decades in various newspapers and magazines, including The Straits Times, My Paper and 8 Days. He is Director of the Singapore Writers Festival 2015.