In quantum experiments, these are the names traditionally given to the people transmitting and receiving information. In quantum cryptography, an eavesdropper called Eve tries to intercept the information.
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.
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.