Skid coverSkid is an imaginative science fiction novel of considerable skill that pokes fun at all forms of political correctness, while also indicating there are dangerous signs of a disintegrating world that is not adequately taken care of. Readers will recognise these as parallels to life on earth.

The plot addresses some serious themes, touching on issues as wide as the survival of any planet in the universe – from pollution, to the exploitation of natural resources – the pros and cons of collective versus individual action – organic versus synthetic food – survival with humour versus the alienating aspects of a form of political correctness.

The use of humour makes the book work effectively – mainly through the reactions of the “offworlders”, Bruce (from New Zealand) and Sue (from the USA). Both Bruce and Sue react in stereotypical ways as caricatures of the cultures they come from – the skilful and amusing portrayal of their characteristics allows readers to laugh at their own attitudes.

Unlike many science fiction books, skid doesn’t get bogged down in detail or stray so far from known worlds that you lose the plot. Aficionados of science fiction and anyone who enjoys a good read will enjoy this novel.


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A selection of Reviews for Skid

By mlbphd on September 17, 2013

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Skid – The First Chronicle is a fast-moving and entertaining yet cautionary tale of the end result of over-reliance on technology. Bruce, not a hero in the truest sense, a semi-loner from a rural part of New Zealand is abducted and whisked away to Skid, a planet far, far away, along with Sue, a travel guide from Portland. Skid is the be-all and end-all of social and technological development. So much so that the Skidians have lost all knowledge of the most basic skills, like growing food. Bruce’s adjustment to their ossified social code and utter incompetence allows him to succeed where they have completely failed. However, their self-image is so skewed from reality that they cannot comprehend the gift he is offering.

The relationship between Bruce and Sue is complicated but they make the best of it. Bruce tries to befriend some members of the Skidian upper class but they do not have the capacity to reach out and make the connection. Mr. Fenwick selectively skewers all manners of high society affect with ease. It is an amusing and easy read and I highly recommend it.

By Rita on March 29, 2015

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It took me a while to pick this book up only because I’d promised Keith I’d be brutally honest and I didn’t want to disappoint! Turned out to be a book that I was unable to put down this weekend and wished I had read it sooner!

A surprisingly good and easy read, Sue P’d me off a few times due to her lack of knowledge about farming, or anything hah! The love scenes were a bit quirky (thats all ill say about that), and the arrogance of the Skidians and how it affected Bruce was pretty comical. Not quite sure if this was sci fi enough for me if that makes sense but It’s only the first so am looking forward to reading the second over the long weekend.

Awesome work Keith!

By V Boiarkine on October 22, 2012

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Interesting and easy to read. Keith keeps the suspense through rich descriptions and engaging conversations. Themes of environmental awareness and spiritual discoveries are especially relevant to today’s Western culture. The allegory of technically advanced but spiritually poor aliens that lack a purpose in life keep reminding you of people you meet in everyday life. The everyday familiarity in a science fiction setting makes this book stand out.