Shortlisted Stories

It’s time for us to do away with the uncertainty in the outcome of this competition. We are thrilled to announce ten finalists in the competition’s open category and eight in the youth category, coming from writers around the world. All of these writers have already won prizes – with more awards to be decided by our distinguished judges.

“This year's quantum shorts were so amazing that, as I see it, there are only two possibilities: Either a lot of quantum physicists have turned writers, or many writers have picked up some serious quantum mechanics backgrounds. Both possibilities are really exciting,” says Spiros Michalakis, a quantum physicist and outreach manager at the Institute for Quantum Information and Matter at Caltech, which is a scientific partner of the competition.

The shortlisting panel was full of praise for the entries. Singaporean writer Tania De Rozario described the stories as “engaging and diverse”, while Tobi Day-Hamilton at the Institute for Quantum Computing commended the “wonderful mix of story approaches and styles and themes”. Julia Cramer at QuTech observed that some were “very beautifully written”, and physicist Matt Edgar at QuantIC said there were “some exceptional pieces which could easily form the basis of an entire book”.

Thanks for everyone who voted for their favourite story to help decide the People’s Choice prize. We will be announcing the results in March.

By Andrew Neil Gray
November 24, 2017
3.75
Speculation abounds. From where comes the noise in the quantum machines?
By Przemysław Zańko
December 1, 2017
4.504675
The portals to those other worlds allowed people to run away from their problems. It's time...
By Peter Childs
December 1, 2017
3.59091
The neural lace is just part of marriage these days – if the bride and groom can survive the...
By J M Kinnear
November 30, 2017
4.504425
There's a whiff of something new at the labs today
By D. Archer
November 29, 2017
4.6
There may be more to these strange blossoms than meets the eye...
By Jenni Juvonen
November 30, 2017
4.48718
When Andreus said “We need to talk”, Lizzie broke into a thousand pieces
By D. Archer
December 1, 2017
4
The first discovery at the HEV supercollider is entirely unexpected
By Judy Helfrich
November 26, 2017
4.25
The perfect life is just a collapsed wavefunction away
By Laura Campbell
November 27, 2017
3.5
Sometimes reality is hard to face
By Ricky Nathvani
December 1, 2017
4.51163
It's so cruel that all they can do is give me probabilities, fatal wagers on my son’s life
By Nick Maslov
November 26, 2017
3.95238
Here at the end of things, time has lost its meaning
By Lily Turaski
December 1, 2017
4.765825
Online dating brings a girl and her granny together
By Morgan Long
December 1, 2017
4.037735
Terry's Commodore Quantum Supercomputer has arrived...
By Tan Jing Kai, Brian
December 1, 2017
4.51064
He would risk it all to see her again...
By Joey Qiao
October 20, 2017
3.333335
Luna is done with living in the dark
By Ummu Kulthum Binte Eliase
December 1, 2017
4.567165
Rule number one for Elise and Esile: never tell anyone about the bond they share
By Khadija Niazi
November 30, 2017
4.3
When a particle loves a wave, nothing should come between them
By Isabella Patricia Mulles Ocampo
December 1, 2017
4.52941
Arya matters. She mustn't be allowed to disappear

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