Microsoft’s an incredibly successful company, but it’s always had a reputation for being a bit of a bore. The company seems to be working hard to shake off that rep by inviting a bus-load of sci-fi writers into its labs to have a great big ogle of its future-based research projects and cook up stories that could eventually inspire new generations of scientists.
Future Visions: Original Science Fiction Stories Inspired by Microsoft is available in either electronic or physical form, and features works by Blue Delliquanti, Michele Rosenthal, Elizabeth Bear, Greg Bear, David Brin, Nancy Kress, Ann Leckie, Jack McDevitt, Seanan McGuire and Robert J Sawyer, as well as illustrations courtesy of Joey Camacho.
While this can be considered a case of life imitating art, Microsoft hopes the process eventually reverses. In the book, Harry Shum, the EVP of Microsoft's technology and research division, says he hopes Future Visions inspires geeks the world over to throw themselves into hard science and change the world. [Geek]