Even at absolute zero, the lowest temperature possible, nothing has zero energy. In these conditions, particles and fields are in their lowest energy state, with an energy proportional to Planck’s constant.
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.
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.