A new and growing field that explores whether many biological processes depend on uniquely quantum processes to work. Under particular scrutiny at the moment are photosynthesis, smell and the navigation of migratory birds.
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.
Colin is editor of Nature Futures, the award-winning science-fiction column in the science journal Nature. He first joined Nature in 2000 as Chief Subeditor. Since taking over the Futures reins in 2012, he has overseen the launch of Nature Futures 2, an anthology of 100 stories from 100 authors. He also runs the Future Conditional blog, where Futures authors tell the story behind their story. When not wrestling with the placement of hyphens, he has a tendency to stare at Roman ruins — especially those of Pompeii and Herculaneum — and to pore over genealogical records.