You pry open the hefty cellar door and find yourself face-to-face with a rather portly goblin. Do you attack? Enchant him, then sneak away? Or do you attempt to befriend him by offering to make tea?

Dungeons & Dragons is not only a game of improvisation, it’s a game of randomness. Even if you decide to whip up a nice hot beverage as a way to placate the goblin, a devastating dice roll might render you the perfect snack to accompany the tea.

Now, whenever ‘randomness’ enters the picture I think ‘quantum’. So why not marry quantum computing with D&D…


If you’re anything like me, you drink oodles of tea throughout the day and then wonder why you can’t sleep at night. This, as awesome as it sounds, can get monotonous real fast if you always consume the same old beverage.

In order to spice things up — pun intended — I decided to explore the world of flavors by harnessing quantum computing, specifically the quantum physics phenomena of superposition and entanglement.

First, I made a table of possible ingredients, dividing up the flavors into four categories:

Let’s chat about something that is mentioned in just about any science fiction that has anything to do with quantum physics: Schrödinger’s cat. Spoiler: it’s not a real cat. We’ll take a look at it in the context of the sci-fi film Coherence (2013).

Disclaimer: no cats were harmed in the writing of this article.


The 2013 film Coherence by James Ward Byrkit depicts what is at first a standard dinner party among friends in a quiet suburban neighborhood. A Things begin to go wrong when a comet appears in the skyoverhead: they find themselves face to face with their…

The world has turned upside down, and you wish you could teleport far, far away. I hear ya, my dear quantum particle. I’m convinced someone chose 2020 to whip out their Jumanji board.

I imagine you feel at least somewhat apprehensive since you currently cannot teleport more than a few hundred kilometers, let alone galactic distances. So I thought I’d put together a little coping guide for you! Whether you are a bubbly positron, a chilled out photon, or even an elusive hypothetical graviton, here are a few tips that might help you navigate these uncertain times — not that…

This is the story of how Alice and Bob outsmart their nosy neighbor, Eve. You see, Eve is one of those busybodies who just has to know everything about everyone. You know the type.

Eve sits around all day tapping into people’s phone lines and listening in on their conversations. Her favorite pair to listen to is, you guessed it, the best friends Alice and Bob, both physicists, who share a love of cats and qubits.

The only way Alice and Bob can speak privately is in person, but running down the street to a friend’s house every time one…

Ghost from the 2018 film Ant-Man and the Wasp
source: Walt Disney Motion Pictures

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…

Radha Pyari Sandhir

Scientific Adviser. Writer. Physicist. Cat lady and caffeinated.

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