Microsoft is promoting its advanced research efforts in a rather unique way. The company has announced plans to release an original ebook science fiction short story anthology titled Future Visions: Original Science Fiction Stories Inspired by Microsoft. The collection will be released in a number of ebook retailers on November 17.
Here's how Microsoft describes the short story collection:
"Future Visions: Original Science Fiction Stories Inspired by Microsoft is an anthology of short stories written by some of today's greatest science fiction authors. These visionary stories explore prediction science, quantum computing, real-time translation, machine learning, and much more. The contributing authors were inspired by inside access to leading-edge work, including in-person visits to Microsoft's research labs, to craft new works that predict the near-future of technology and examine its complex relationship to our core humanity."
Some of the authors that have written stories for the collection include Elizabeth Bear, Greg Bear, David Brin, Nancy Kress, Ann Leckie, Jack McDevitt, Seanan McGuire and Robert J. Sawyer. Pricing for the book has yet to be announced. It will be interesting to see if devices and services like Microsoft HoloLens, Kinect, Cortana and others will appear in these stories.