Skid – The First Chronicle (Book 1)
Skid 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.
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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The Second Coming (Book 2)
The Second Coming follows the first novel where our unlikely protagonists were kidnapped by a desperate food research team from the Planet Skid. The researchers were on a mission to locate expertise to assist them in developing organic food sources to feed their people as their planet’s synthetic food production systems had begun to fail. The Skidian team had selected a team of experts at random without understanding the expertise that they required to achieve their objectives. However, more by good luck than good management, they stumbled on someone who could generate new food production systems.
Faced with a choice between maintaining the Skidian Way and perhaps saving a good number of Skidians from certain death, the hereditary rulers chose the former and hoped for a miracle to deliver them from mass starvation and the end of the Skid as they knew it. The offworlders have been returned home after undergoing a partially successful memory wipe and Skid is slowly recovering from the disaster that; but all is not as it seems.
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The Lifeboat (Book 3)
A huge asteroid is on a collision course with earth. Bruce Harwood, a farmer from New Zealand is on his way to his wedding reception when he learns this news. Bruce is still processing this information when he is stopped at a checkpoint setup by a secret government agency. The agents are attempting to contact an alien who they believe can help them destroy the asteroid before it strikes the planet and destroys life as we know it.
It soon transpires Bruce isn’t just any farmer and the alien in the car with him isn’t really an alien at all. Furthermore, the asteroid has been sent on its way by the Skidian first people who have uploaded themselves to a celestial version of the cloud and now define themselves as Transcendents. These Transcendents have a plan for earth which does not include a catastrophic asteroid strike that will potentially end all life on planet earth.
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