Quantum theory’s uncertainty principle says that since not even empty space can have zero energy, the universe is fizzing with particle-antiparticle pairs that pop in and out of existence. These “virtual” particles are the source of Hawking radiation.
“It takes colossal imagination to wrap your head around quantum physics and dream up new technologies. Who better to explore these ideas than writers of fiction?” says Artur Ekert, Director of the Centre for Quantum Technologies in Singapore and a judge for Quantum Shorts since day one. These stories were our favourites of the many hundreds of responses to our calls for flash fiction inspired by quantum physics. Enjoy exploring. Imaginary worlds are waiting for you.