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Schrödinger's Kitten

3.68  ·  Rating details ·  109 Ratings  ·  12 Reviews
In this Hugo & Nebula Award-winning story, an Arab woman confronts the uncertainty principle in both practice and theory as she stands accused of killing a man who might do her harm in the future.
Paperback, 32 pages
Published March 1992 by Pulphouse Publishing Inc. (first published September 1988)
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Kat  Hooper
Oct 25, 2011 rated it really liked it
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ORIGINALLY POSTED AT Fantasy Literature.

Jehan is a pretty 12-year-old Islamic girl who sees visions of her own possible futures. These visions suggest that she will be raped in an alley, disowned by her fundamentalist Muslim father, and forced to live as a whore until she dies. Or she could kill her potential rapist first, but if she does that she will be executed, unless somebody saves her by paying the blood price… There are too many “ifs” and too many potential paths and, as a child, Jehan is
4.5 stars. Excellent, award winning short story (actually a novelette) dealing with quantum physics, multiple time streams and the Muslim world. The plot revolves around a Muslim woman named Jehan Fatima Ashufi who is able to experience, through visions, various realities branching off from an episode in which she either is raped as a young girl or kills her future attacker before the rape can be committed. The result of her decision has far reaching implications on both her life and the world i ...more
Convoluted, thought provoking sci-fi that now has made me want to learn more about quantum physics and Schrodinger's cat theory, so I have just ordered a used copy of In Search of Schrödinger's Cat: Quantum Physics and Reality. So which version of reality is real? Or are they all?
Lily Clark
Nov 14, 2017 rated it liked it
Great little "novelette". Beautifully written and it's nice to see a setting that's not Eurocentric. Overall, very good but not memorable.
Mar 19, 2017 rated it liked it
Meh. Fine. This won both the Hugo and Nebula (wooo). I like, but don't love, George Alec Effinger's schtick: that is, I get embarrassed by gimmicky Orientalist spec fic written by white people since I used to ply that trade myself and am still in recovery. Like, I have a half-written short story on my machine about a Delhi doctor lady going to be a frontier doctor on a literal planet of slums. I mean, it's fine - white people can write POC protagonists, that's fine. It just feels like Effinger's ...more
Feb 12, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This audio edition was available through Audible channels... I really didn't know if it would be palpable as it was done by the same publisher that did Robert Silverberg's House of Bones... In this case, it's much, much better. The narrator Amy Bruce is great! Unfortunately they still included the awful intermission noise, I guess for consistency(?)... The story though is great... Exploring possible futures/lives the protagonist Jehan could experience, based on decisions made during single pivot ...more
Jan 06, 2013 rated it liked it
I thought the concept for this book was inspired. That said, I wish the author had done more with the story. The story itself was pretty flat, which is ironic given the complexities and mind bending possibilities which the underlying premise of the book affords the author. A great idea, but with average execution.
Nicholas Whyte
A literary interpretation of the "many worlds" idea of quantum physics; most of the big names in quantum physics make an appearance, but the main character is quite different.
Apr 09, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I liked the complexity of the story and the depth of the main character. It really got my mind working about possible futures and the events that lead up to them.
Dec 28, 2008 rated it it was amazing
One of George Alec Effinger's most famous stories. From Pulphouse Publishing. Very fine story.
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