Review: Future Visions: Original Science Fiction Inspired by Microsoft

Science fiction that may cease to be fiction (4 stars)

Hard sci fi is all about predicting the route current science can take, so why not guide the fiction side by side with current research? That’s the idea behind Visions of the Future, a book that, as the tagline says, brings original fiction inspired by real research on Microsoft labs.

All stories are written by established sci fi authors, and they seemed very even, something that not always happens on collections like these. Most of the stories deal with themes that may be commonplace for our grandchildren, like machine learning, computer translation and quantum computing.

But as much as the stories – and a comic – are well-written and intriguing, none seemed really great to me. I felt most of the times the themes and the explanation of the technologies were more important than the narrative itself, and I really didn’t care that much about what happened to the characters. Having said that, “not great” for experienced authors like this is still pretty good, and the book is worth the time as a glimpse as what is to come.

Plus, the book is – at least currently – free. There is no excuse not to give it a shot. A great collection of imaginative science fiction that may cease to be fiction someday.

Guilherme Solari is a Brazilian writer and journalist from Sao Paulo, Brazil. He has written about movies, literature and videogames for some of Brazil’s biggest news sites. He is the author of THE CASCAVEL CHRONICLES, a love letter to 80's action movies, as well as the cyberpunk CYBERSAMPA series.