Unpredictability lies at the heart of quantum mechanics. It bothered Einstein, but it also bothers the Dalai Lama.
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.
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.