To many researchers, the universe behaves like a gigantic quantum computer that is busy processing all the information it contains.
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.
Otto is a cartoonist and former science teacher. He is the author of a series of comic books for school children called Sir Fong's Adventures in Science, a sci-fi horror-adventure series of novels for young people, Black Peony, and an adult horror novel Bitter Suites. He has also written for theatre. Otto has been an Outreach Fellow at the Centre for Quantum Technologies at the National University of Singapore to work on a new quantum instalment to his Sir Fong's series.