English, like other languages, uses tense semiotically as well as semantically. Thus, when context clearly establishes the time in question, we can use tense to signal something about the focus of our remarks. The so-called historical present is an example.
I have found no discussion of the historical present being used to bring the future into tighter focus, but there is no reason why is shouldn't be, and so it is. If important things happen in 1848, they can happen in 2048. How would we describe the future portrayed in science fiction? The world is at war or peace, money is or isn't still a thing, etc. History is a work in progress, after all.
Like the traditional historical present, using the present tense to talk about the future helps focus our attention on things right before us:
"We are lucky to have Fred join us; he is well-educated, accomplished, and starts on Wednesday."
Note how I have treated "starts on Wednesday" as if it were an adjective. I am not trying to communicate something about the timeline, viz., that he won't be here until Wednesday. That intention would call for the future tense. Rather, I am trying to communicate something about the new guy that explains why we are lucky today, viz., that he will be here so soon.