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The Paintwork stories take place in the near future, a time not far from our own. The technologies in the stories are predictable extensions of current technology which renders them as believable and not as magical thinking. This is important as the the technologies are significant in the stories: they are not artifacts to the stories but are integral components. Do not think, however, that the stories are about technology, for they are not. Like all good science fiction, the stories are about humans acting and reacting in the world around them.
Technological advances give humans opportunities to do new things or to do old things in new ways. The technology changes but sadly, often humans do not. Paintwork gives us stories of humans acting in old ways with new technology. This is not a criticism: it simply means that traits which humans have exhibited for thousands of years are still exhibited in a future, more technologically-enabled, world. The worlds of Paintwork are dark but not dystopian. Some of the traits exhibited are positive, creative and useful while others are negative and destructive. But in all cases, the characters have adapted to a world of technology. Their adaptations are very believable, and this makes the stories seem realistic. One could almost believe the stories are news report from a not too distant future.
My only complaint about Paintwork is the number of typos: it seemed a rather large number for a published work. Still, I recommend Paintwork for fans of cyberpunk and science fiction. It is good writing with realistic characters set in a very believable world.
It's a great bargain at $2.99. So skip a mocha latte or slice of pizza for some good sci-fi.
Paparazzi was my least favorite of the bunch but it was still endearing and I thought this was where I saw the author's dark humor the most especially when he was detailing the gamer lifestyle. I could not stop laughing. Imagine a world where your career is based off being a great gamer and creating great games. Competition is fierce between guilds to the point where one can be forced into slave labor inside a game. This story was a bit fast-paced so it left me a bit confused at times and I felt there wasn't enough interaction between characters in the game and outside of the games.
Now the last story, Havana Augmented is the best of them all. Maughan definitely saved the best for last with this one. What I particularly liked about this one is that he tied in characters from the previous story into this one which was not expected. He also explored, albeit on the surface the political climate of Cuba in a non-judgmental tone and he did it with relative ease. This story was definitely more animated and action-packed, battles between mechas, and I could only imagine seeing huge mechas fighting it out virtually with Cuba as a backdrop...beautiful. I actually found this story to be quite heart-warming while the others were mostly dark and dripping with cynicism, this showed human courage and that sometimes the small ones can win.
I look forward to reading more works by Tim Maughan. This was a quick read and if you're interested in sci-fi that's not over the top, this is for you.