Future Visions, book review: Tales from the research lab

How do you show the world what’s going on in a research laboratory — one that’s spread across the world, exploring the edges of computer science? You could send out a bunch of press releases, or perhaps organise a press tour or two. But you probably wouldn’t send in a bunch of science fiction writers, show them some projects and then commission a series of short stories inspired by your research. But that’s what Microsoft Research did, and the result is a free short story collection, Future Visions: Original Science Fiction Stories Inspired by Microsoft, which is downloadable today from your e-bookstore of choice (or, if you prefer paper, as a limited edition hardcover). It’s a fascinating read, from a group of writers at the top of their game, all…


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