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This is cool SF,
This review is from: Paintwork (Paperback)3 long short stories or short novellas set in the near future - Paintwork, Paparazzi & Havana Augmented
2 of these stories are set in Bristol and the third in Havana. In the first we follow 3Cube the street artist as he performs some art over 3 consecutive nights, the second story follows John Smith as he is hired for his documentary film skills to get an inside look on a new AR game and the last is the prize winning look into the future gaming industry in Cuba with giant virtual battling robots. Although the stories are different they're somewhat linked stylistically, thematically (dedication to art) and with some recurring characters. We are in a future of brand domination, where gamer guilds are as powerful (if not more so) as the corporations of today, where augmented reality is viewed through branded "spex", where the Nano revolution has occurred. Maughan covers all the techno with aplomb and uses it with a light touch with just enough explanation to bring you into the stories which are at heart about people. It's hard to choose a favourite here as each story stands alone. As a Bristolian I feel more connection with the first two stories although as a gamer I liked the last story a lot too.
Overall - This is cool SF with Maughan taking our current world and spinning it faster to see what happens. Highly recommended to those who like [moxyland]