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Schrödinger’s Plague (1982) [Short Story]
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"Schrodinger's cat" is the name of a famous thought experiment: that is, a demonstration in story form of a scientific hypothesis for which practical or ethical considerations will not allow actual experimentation. "Schrodinger's Plague" is also a thought experiment, an elaboration of the cat scenario. Both imaginary experiments serve to make subatomic processes more comprehensible by bringing them up to human scale. Both are also vivid illustrations of the role of the observer in determining the outcome of an event. To observe, they say, is to intervene. In Greg Bear's story, the outcome of that intervention will decide the fate of humankind.

Published in Analog, March 29, 1982. Reprinted in:

  • Tangents (1989)
  • The Norton Book of Science Fiction (1993)

Original title: Schrödinger’s Plague
Original languages: English


Genre: FictionScience FictionScience Fantasy

This work is a subwork of the following works :
     Tangents (1989) [Collection]
      Author: Greg Bear
     Norton Book of Science Fiction, the (1993) [Anthology]
      Authors: Marion Zimmer Bradley , Ursula K. Le Guin , Roger Zelazny , Orson Scott Card , Philip K. Dick , William Gibson , Harlan Ellison , Octavia E. Butler , Frederik Pohl , Samuel R. Delany , Cordwainer Smith , Greg Bear , Barry N. Malzberg , Bruce Sterling , Kim Stanley Robinson , Gregory Benford , Poul Anderson , James Blish , Pat Cadigan , John Varley , James Tiptree, Jr. , Clifford D. Simak , Joe Haldeman , Fritz Leiber , Damon Knight , Nancy Kress , Pat Murphy , Vonda N. McIntyre , Mike Resnick , Robert Sheckley , Robert Silverberg , Michael Swanwick , Theodore Sturgeon , Lewis Shiner , Margaret Atwood , Avram Davidson , John Kessel , Howard Waldrop , Gene Wolfe , Connie Willis , Ed Bryant , Karen Joy Fowler , Michael Bishop , Joanna Russ , Lisa Goldstein , James Patrick Kelly , Kate Wilhelm , David R. Bunch , Pamela Sargent , R. A. Lafferty , Candas Jane Dorsey , John Crowley , Carol Emshwiller , Sonya Dorman , Michael Blumlein , Michael Coney , Katherine MacLean , James H. Schmitz , Eileen Gunn , Andrew Weiner , Eleanor Arnason , Molly Gloss , Suzette Haden Elgin , Zenna Henderson , Phyllis Gotlieb , Paul Preuss , Diane Glancy

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