It is possible to describe an atom, an electron, or a photon as either a wave or a particle. In reality, they are 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.
Tania is an author involved in a whirlwind of activity around the intersection of science and fiction. She is currently working on a book-length creative piece inspired by particle physics and editing an anthology of new writing inspired by the 100th birthday of Einstein's theory of general relativity. She has published two collections of stories: My Mother Was An Upright Piano: Fictions (Tangent Books, 2012) and The White Road and Other Stories (Salt, 2008), which was commended in the 2009 Orange Award for New Writers, and is co-author of Writing Short Stories: A Writers & Artists Companion (Bloomsbury 2014). Her debut poetry chapbook will be published in February 2016. She is also the curator of ShortStops, an online hub celebrating everything short-story-related in the UK & Ireland.