A hypothetical experiment in which a cat kept in a closed box can be alive and dead at the same time – as long as nobody lifts the lid to take a look.
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.
Eleanor Wong has pursued parallel careers in media and law. As a playwright and poet in Singapore, she is best known for her trilogy of plays Invitiation to treat (2003). Eleanor was writer-in-residence at the Centre for Quantum Technologies in 2014. During this time, she worked on a new play drawing inspiration from ideas and themes in the quantum world to inform and illumine ordinary life. Eleanor is also an Associate Professor of Law at the National University of Singapore, where she is Vice Dean of Student Affairs and Director of the Legal Skills Programme.