This project, Hieroglyph, is fantastic and I just love the idea of providing science fiction authors the opportunity to write something positive about the future.
Unfortunately I find the idea a lot better than the content, but there are a few interesting contributions. Two that I think are worth the book as a whole.
Degrees of freedom, by Karl Schroeder
Not sure how much that is possible to tell about the story without spoiling it. Think about crowd-collaboration, visualizations, and activism and you might get some idea. It is a very interesting story where I would like to read a follow-up story. I’m not sure why, but even after a few month I still think about it every now and again, it is something very trivial and revolutionary that feels fresh.
The man who sold the stars by Gregory Benford
This is just such a classic west-coast story. It is a fun take on the naïve tech-approach by Elon Musk and others, but with such charm that you have to love the main character.