This happens when quantum objects “borrow” energy in order to bypass an obstacle such as a gap in an electrical circuit. It is possible thanks to the uncertainty principle, and enables quantum particles to do things other particles can’t.
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.
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.