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Quantum Shorts finalists announced

Ten finalists have been shortlisted, have your say on the winner of the People's Choice Prize

As a partner in the UK National Quantum Technologies Programme, NPL is pleased to announce the results from the latest Quantum Shorts competition.

A panel of expert judges, including NPL’s Outreach Manager, Andrew Hanson, have shortlisted 10 outstanding flash fictions from 647 total submissions – an unprecedented number of entries. The competition’s distinguished judges will now select the winner and runner-up.

The People’s Choice Prize from the shortlisted entries is decided by public vote. Have your say and vote for your favourite story. The ten shortlisted stories can be found below and votes can be submitted here. Voting closes 11:59 PM GMT on Monday 18 May 2020.

Andrew Hanson, Outreach Manager, NPL said: “They were a very welcome escape from a world that has suddenly become very sci-fi. It was warming how the authors used abstract, odd, perhaps even obscure building blocks to make something beautiful, coherent, witty and relevant.”

The ten shortlisted stories are, in alphabetical order:

  • (Tunnels)x – In this intriguing tale by Gunnar De Winter, quantum tunnelling might help us escape our ultimate fate.
  • Collateral Damage  – Simulations of war take a more terrifying turn in Lewis Freer’s story about unintended consequences of technology.
  • Connection Lost – Anjelica Grey explores the complexities of love and loss in her take on many-worlds and quantum entanglement.
  • Does a Particle Collider Have a Heart? – This is a tale of how that which we care for might come to care for us by Emma Marcos.
  • Entangled Servitude  – Tom Middlebrook’s story is a witty take on quantum entanglement.
  • Entanglement  – In this love story by Annie Tupek, matchmaking gets a quantum spin.
  • Fine Print – C R Long's short story about alternate dimensions magnifies the importance of reading the small print in your contract.
  • Shinichi’s Tricycle – Ariadne Blayde subtly pulls disparate characters together in a story of possibilities.
  • Special Exhibition – Step into history with an exhibition on a quantum-inspired interstellar pandemic, curated by Griffin Ayaz Tyree.
  • The Collapse – Meg Sipos has an edgy take on alternate realities and multiple selves.
12 May 2020