Quantum objects can exist in two or more states at once: an electron in superposition, for example, can simultaneously move clockwise and anticlockwise around a ring-shaped conductor.
Schrödinger dreamed up a cat that, thanks to quantum physics, is both alive and 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. After careful deliberation by our panels of expert judges and a public vote to decide a People's Choice prize, we have four winning stories. We are delighted to present the winning stories to you along with some of the judges' comments, interviews with the authors and original artwork.
Kai Chai has two poetry collections, Pretend I'm Not Here (2006) and Sectre Manta (2001), which was adapted from an entry shortlisted for the 1995 Singapore Literature Prize. His poems have been featured in overseas anthologies such as WW Norton Anthology, Language for a New Century (2008), as well as journals like The Wolf (UK), Ars Interpres (Sweden) and Prairie Schooner (US). His short stories have appeared in Balik Kampung (2012) and Twenty-Four Flavours (2013). He co-wrote a short-story collection called The Adopted: Stories From Angkor (2015) with three other writers. He has covered the arts and entertainment as editor, writer and music reviewer for two decades in various newspapers and magazines, including The Straits Times, My Paper and 8 Days. He is Director of the Singapore Writers Festival 2015.