The Sci-fi Writer’s Guide to Quantum Physics

An initiative with FilmInquiry.Com. Original Post can be found here.

Whether you’re writing a screenplay, looking for an idea for your next short story, or simply hoping to add a little quantum oomph to your novel, this guide is perfect for you! It’s meant to be the tip of the iceberg, a quick cheat sheet of sorts for you to glance at when you want to learn or remember a concept in quantum physics. It covers the most commonly used terms in popular culture, and is not meant to be a comprehensive guide to the whole subject.

The goal is to allow you to start from a factual origin in order to extrapolate to ‘believable unbelievability’, the way a lot of fantastic science fiction does, from the Marvel Cinematic Universe to The Wheel of Time to Doctor Who. As the Dalai Lama once said, “Know the rules well, so you can break them effectively.”

Included is a handful of potentially useful quantum phenomena, how they may be explored in fiction, and some fictional writing prompts to get your creative juices flowing.

The guide has been conveniently compiled into a pdf that you can download by either clicking here, or the image below.