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The Currents of Space files The Currents of Space, read online The Currents of Space, free The Currents of Space, free The Currents of Space, The Currents of Space 409e05b97 High Above The Planet Florinia, The Squires Of Sark Live In Unimaginable Wealth And Comfort Down In The Eternal Spring Of The Planet, However, The Native Florinians Labor Ceaselessly To Produce The Precious Kyrt That Brings Prosperity To Their Sarkite Masters Rebellion Is Unthinkable And Impossible Not Only Do The Florinians No Longer Have A Concept Of Freedom, Any Disruption Of The Vital Kyrt Trade Would Cause Other Planets To Rise In Protest, Ultimately Destabilizing Trade And Resulting In A Galactic War So The Trantorian Empire, Whose Grand Plan Is To Unite All Humanity In Peace, Prosperity, And Freedom, Has Stood Aside And Allowed The Oppression To Continue Living Among The Workers Of Florinia, Rik Is A Man Without A Memory Or A Past He Has Been Abducted And Brainwashed Barely Able To Speak Or Care For Himself When He Was Found, Rik Is Widely Regarded As A Simpleton By The Worker Community Where He Lives But As His Memories Begin To Return, Rik Finds Himself Driven By A Cryptic Message He Is Determined To Deliver Everyone On Florinia Is Doomed The Currents Of Space Are Bringing Destruction But If The Planet Is Evacuated, The Power Of Sark Will End So Some Would Finish The Job And Would Kill The Messenger The Fate Of The Galaxy Hangs In The Balance

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  1. says:

    The Currents of Space is technically in the middle of the Galactic Empire series, which is technically connected to Asimov s Foundation series I say technically because The Currents of Space has virtually nothing to do with the previous Galactic Empire book, The Stars, Like Dust, and doesn t seem to have much, if anything, to do with the robot books that were set even earlier It s like these Galactic Empire books are serving as snapshots, showing the reader how Trantor grew as an empire without walking us through history step by step Ok, so maybe it isn t essential, and you probably don t have to read it before you hit the Foundation books But it s a great little book anyways.I like Asimov s brand of science fiction mysteries, even if this one seemed rather less of a challenge to solve than the ones in the robot books But that s fine, because the mystery isn t the star here It s the setting, and how Asimov shows a colonial, inherently racist society in a way that would have been uncomfortably familiar to the readers of 1952 and, sadly, later while still ringing true as a far future society I think that s why this book doesn t feel like it s 60 years old, except in a very few, small ways It s one of those books that holds a mirror up to society, and it does it with a minimum of preaching.There s a very good chance that if I weren t sadly completionist, I would have skipped the Galactic Empire series altogether That might not have been a bad thing with The Stars, Like Dust But I m glad I didn t miss this one.

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    No real spoilers, so please do read I thoroughly enjoyed this book Asimov, an absolute science fiction great, is genius in his ability to remain timely with The Currents of Space, nearly 60 years after it was published He has successfully woven a comprehensive and complex tale that weaves a valid story that features so many aspects such as politics, race and class, economics, love and loyalty, psychology, and good ole basic human weakness You d think that with all of that, The Currents of Space would be a heavy read Surprising it isn t, another testament to Asimov s writing prowess.I recommend it to anyone to read, including teens and adults If my ten year old could handle the political stuff, I d give it to her to read too.The Currents of Space was published in 1952 This is the most astonishing point to me, as some of the insights into racial cultural class issues are ahead of their time, written with an understanding that comes from someone who might never have had to suffer the injustices he writes about with such fluency and sympathetic understanding Florina is a planet renown for growing kryt, a product used to make clothing that only the most privileged can afford to wear The native Florinians, fair skinned and typically blond and blue eyed are the slave labor used to produce kyrt The Florinians are considered stupid and child like The Sarks, a ruling class that originates from the planet of Sark and has colonized Florina, benefits most from the production of kyrt Kryt cannot be successfully grown on any other planet, for reasons we don t learn until the end of the novel, hence making it an even valuable commodity.The distinct parallels between our regrettable history of slavery, racism, and classism and the lives of those in this book is significant Kyrt cotton Florinians Africans Sarks the wealthy None of this however, is astonishing The elements which captured and surprised me were Asimov s insights into real human motivations, and how he was able to use this insight to create believable sympathetic characterson both side of the divide Actually, I should say on all sides of every division As in real life, there really is no black and white, but instead multiple shades of gray.The Currents of Space ends in that ever gray area, which is much akin to real life In other words, while there may be some elements of redemption, there are no true winners and everyone loses something Nevertheless, the conclusion was a satisfying one.When I took a political science course in college many years ago, I had to read Orwell s Animal Farm While an interesting read, I think that this book would have been even better as a unique fictional entre into the world of politics and issues of class and race It would have been a tad relatable in any case as here, we are dealing with actual human beings.I didn t know, until I started writing this review that The Currents of Space is actually the second book in a trilogy called The Galactic Empire series The preceding book is called The Stars, Like Dust, and the succeeding book is called Pebble in the Sky I ll have to dig up the other two and get to reading those as well.There is only one other science fiction book that I have read, with similar elements, that I liked as much, actually better, and that would be Robert Heinlein s, The Moon is a Harsh Mistress.I give this one 5 stars.

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    So he s lost his memory, but he s sure there s some terribly important thing he knew that he just has to tell people And as his mind starts coming back, he finds that the black hats are chasing him and want to make sure they can shut his mouth permanently before heI know It s been done so many times that I m sure you lost count years ago I certainly have But here s one detail I really liked The aforementioned black hats are close behind him, he s in this deserted park, and he runs into this guy He whips out his blaster, kills him, swaps clothes, then quickly vaporises the remains.So he escapes, fully recovers his memories, gets the message to the right place and saves the world And then someone says, remember the guy you killed in the park when you were on the run Um, yes, he says uneasily.Well, they continue, he was on his way to meet his wife They first met at that exact spot, and every year they met there again on their anniversary But now he won t be meeting her any .Even though the end justifies the means a million times over, he s absolutely stricken by the realisation of what he s done and spends the rest of his life trying to make amends Austin Powers did this idea too in a comic version, but Asimov was first and I thought his treatment was at least as good.

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    The Currents of Space is a fast paced lesser novel by Isaac Asimov I found engaging and hard to put down.Part 2 of 3 of his Galactic Empire Series, it does not have to be read with the others, as I understood each and every facet of the book and did not feel at anytime that I was missing something from the storyline, characters, or worlds involved Our main character, a man we know only as Rik, a Spatio Analyst one who measures the matter of space, suns stars and planets, and the outcome all chemical compounds have on eachother is zapped by a psycho probe that takes away nearly all of his memory right after he imparts knowledge of planetary, and thus galaxial, disastrous portent, to who he believes is the highest authority of the world in question, Florina Soon after, Rik, robbed of his memory to the point of lunacy, is cared for by Valona, a local, Florinian native, who is BIG of , small on brains She becomes obsessively attached to Rik and will go beyond any fears she has about the world beyond her own, to protect him from anyone and everyone I really liked that This leads Rik and Valona, along with Terens, a Townman the highest position any Florinian is allowed to elevate to from the lesser Lower City to the richer Upper City inhabited by Sarkites not born of the world of Florina offworld to Sark, to confront the Sarkites the race that owns the planet encountering Trantorians beings whose Galactic race hold the largest monopoly on the planets of the universe who wish to covet and control Florina for an endemic substance grown and mined ONLY on Florina, Kyrt Kyrt is basically cotton, only with miraculous properties, used all across the universe in a vast number of ways, and probably the most expensive material in the galaxy The Currents of Space is a Science Fiction Mystery Asimov s style is always at the forefront than I initially expect in everything I ve read by him, as it is sometimes hard for me to fathom that the Grandfather of SF, while widely known as being one of the most intellectual of the scientific Sci fi writers, is also the same author who has so much style, and is so fun to read I love the cover of my edition bUT, I HAVE NO IDEA WHO THAT GUY ON THE COVER IS There is nobody with green skin Nobody with glowing eyes Nobody with Saturn in the background And does not guest star either Frankenstein or J onn J onzz, the Martian Manhunter from DC s Justice League my shout out to GR friend, Michael Recommended to Golden Age SF fans and Highly recommended to fans of Isaac Asimov.

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    Written in 1951, it is a great example of fifties classic Scifi Better than most of its day Asimov, at this time, is not quite as natural with characterization as is Heinlein, Sturgeon, de Camp or Pohl, but he cobbles up a good tightly written yarn here I believe Asimov, based on works I ve read so far, really wished to be a mystery author but loves science so much that he can t help but write in this genre.The device of a planet having a unique production of a universally desired substance, in this case a substance known as kyrt which is a precious cellulose based textile fabric that has a gold like status, is a great vehicle for the basis of a novel I recently read an interesting novel Element 42 by Alan Zendell, that suggests that the Earth is unique in that it has an abundance of molybdenum which is element 42 on the periodic table What I am less in favour of and I was guilty of this with my own amatur attempt at writting is a novel that has an amnesiac protagonist but Asimov pulled it off just fine and is thus forgiven I enjoyed this novel very much The elements of an India like caste system class structure was well utilized I must read novels by the Good Doctor especially those of the Galactic Empire series rather than concentrating on his short story work, of which I consider him a master.

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    Once upon a time, one of my classmates had enthusiastically shoved a rather drab copy of Prelude to the Foundation in my hand Not sporting a particularly handsome cover, it didn t exactly excite me, but I read it nonetheless And for the next few years, Isaac Asimov s reputation remained firmly parked on the absolute best author pedestal.So when I picked up his books again, I was naturally expecting to be just as bowled over, excited, engrossed in the story you name it Is it any wonder that I just couldn t quite reconcile the idea, that his writing is mostly boring, and that his characters dramatic antics would be at home in an Indian soap The squires of Sark are ruling ever so comfortably over the planet Florinia and its people Ever since they ve prevented the latter from getting anything resembling a decent education, this is no difficult feat After all without Florinia s precious kyrt, the Sarkites would be beggars Lording over the planet containing the only resource for the known world s most pricey fabric is the key to their riches.But then a space scientist shows up to claim that Florinia and its inhabitants are in grave, irreversible, danger The man gets swiftly rewarded with a hefty dose of brain washing and abduction Unfortunately for his attackers, the simpleton Rik starts to remember bits and pieces of his past a year later, so a mad chase ensues And amidst all this chaos no one knows what Florinia s doom actually consists of, nor who Rik s attackers actually are.I admit that I absolutely LOVED the resolution of things The reason for the doom was sufficiently dramatic, the identity of the bad guy was not very obvious, and also the explanation for the botched up brain washing was a very good one.However all the above makes up about 10% of the book, and it s found in the conclusion of things So basically, until you get to the interesting stuff, you find yourself wading through a bunch of tedious dialogue, whiny politicians, evil cackling and just a hefty dose of all around frustration.Score 2.7 5 starsAsimov s plot lines are just genius His books endings contain just the right amount of drama, and the reader can t help but feel satisfied His characters however, and their journey to said resolution, seem to be left up to chance they re either utterly awesome eg R Daneel Olivaw , or seemingly endless resources of drama every single Sarkite from this book Review of the 1st book The Stars Like Dust

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    The Currents of Space, the third entry in Isaac Asimov s loosely linked Galactic Empire trilogy, is a prequel of sorts to book 1, 1950 s Pebble in the Sky, and a sequel of sorts to book 2, 1951 s The Stars, Like Dust, and if you by any chance find that statement a tad confusing, trust me, that is the very least of the complexities that this book dishes out The Currents of Space originally appeared serially in the October December 1952 issues of John W Campbell s Astounding Science Fiction it did cop the cover illustration for the 35 cent October issue and then as a 2.75 Doubleday hardcover later that same year The book is set in an indeterminate time period in the galaxy s future, but internal evidence clues us in that this book 3 is actually book 2 of the series at least, as far as internal chronology is concerned Book 1 had been definitively set some 50,000 years in the future, when the Trantorian Empire included roughly 200 million worlds, while book 2 had been set the furthest back in time, a mere 10,000 years in the future, when only some 1,100 worlds had been colonized by Man And The Currents of Space Well, the author never mentions anything about years here per se, but we do learn that the Trantorian Empire has not been fully established yet, with a mere 500,000 settled worlds under its cosmic belt, out of 1 million settled overall.As for the story itself, it centers on two of those 1 million worlds, Sark and its neighbor so close that it can be reached via hyperspace jump in a mere nine hours , Florina Sark and its nobility of Squires had conquered Florina many decades earlier, and for good reason Florina is the only world in the galaxy on which kyrt a highly prized plant capable of being turned into lustrous fabrics, and with dozens of other uses besides can be grown Asimov s complexly plotted book details the labyrinthine scheme hatched by parties unknown to control the kyrt trade, a scheme with great galactic import, to say the least, with Sark, Florina, and the budding Trantorian Empire moving their human pieces in the game The reader meets Rik Florinian for moron , a Spatio analyst from the radioactive pesthole known as Earth, who is psycho probed in the book s opening pages, with the result that his memories are completely erased, for reasons unknown Valona March, the Florinian farm girl who takes care of Rik Myrlyn Terens, the Townman read Mayor of Rik s village, who attempts to help those other two when Rik s memories begin to return the Squire of Fife, leader of Sark s largest continent, the greatest of the five Great Squires, and the holder of the most extensive kyrt fields on Florina his daughter, Samia of Fife, an aspiring author who gets involved in the various intrigues Ludigan Abel, the aged Trantorian ambassador to Sark and Dr Selim Junz, another Spatio analyst, who has been searching for Rik for over a year, after first hearing the young Earthman s broadcast from space, warning of an imminent catastrophe about to strike Florina and the galaxy as a whole And believe me, this capsule description does in no way convey the plot complexities that ensue here, in what Junz is forced to later call a very dirty game.Writing in his Ultimate Guide to Science Fiction, Scottish critic David Pringle calls The Currents of Space a complex adventure with an anti racist theme, and wow, is he ever right about that As a matter of fact, this book is so very complexly plotted, with three or four parties vying against one another the Doubleday edition features cover artwork by George Guisti depicting four hands grasping toward a planet , numerous characters with erroneous suspicions and secret agendas, spies, double agents Trantorians posing as Sarkites, for example , chesslike political intrigue and so on, that this reader finally reached a point where he didn t even try to guess who was plotting what against whom, and just trusted that Asimov would explain everything in the end, and tie it all together And fortunately, The Great Explainer the nickname he earned following the writing of some 400 nonfiction books does indeed Still, I found it necessary to give this book a thorough perusal after I was finished reading it, just to completely satisfy myself that it all makes perfect sense, and to analyze the characters actions with full knowledge of those hidden agendas It s a rather complicated story, Abel truthfully declares at one point It sounds too complicated, says one of the Great Squires in another This is a detective thriller, opines still another Great Squire somewhere else And the reader, just barely keeping up, most likely, will surely be compelled to agree with those three sentiments As for the anti racist theme that Pringle mentions, it is surely there, with kyrt standing in for cotton, and the Florinians the slaves to their Sarkite masters Junz, a black man from the predominantly black planet of Libair read Liberia , denounces the Sark Florina political and cultural situation at several opportunities and, at one point, ponders over this most interesting tidbit Now why should there be a special word for a man with dark skin There was no special word for a man with blue eyes, or large ears, or curly hair A pretty right on attitude from Doc Ike, wouldn t you say, in those intolerant and benighted days of the early 50s Then too there is the matter of the Lower City and the Upper City in Rik s town While the Lower City houses the poor indigenous populace, the Upper City, 30 feet overhead, features a luxurious wonderland of sorts for the Sark Squires In other words, complete segregation, which the author castigates time and again.As usual, Asimov adds pleasing grace notes and futuristic details to lend color to his story Thus, we have here the narco field skullcaps that can instantaneously carry the wearer off to sleep locks and keys that are attuned to one s fingerprints violet colored cigarettes that emit green smoke and flash out of existence when they are flicked away the curious sport known as stratospheric polo trimensic personification, which allows the five Great Squires to appear to be in the same room at once holographically, I would imagine , though they are all back on their respective continents that nasty psycho prober, the use of which, on Rik, sets the book s events in motion and, of course, the galactic menace that Rik hinted at, the nature of which no reader will ever suspect.Asimov s book is a fast moving one, perhaps a bit too complexly plotted for its own good, but yet, fascinatingly so, overall Don t believe the Squire of Rune, who at one point calls it a moderately dull story The Currents of Space may be difficult to follow at times, but it is never dull It is a challenging read, and a somewhat flawed one for example, the Samia character just disappears from the action, and the denouement concerning Rik and Valona comes completely out of left field , but dull is one thing that it certainly isn t By the way, this review originally appeared on the FanLit website at a perfect destination for all fans of Isaac Asimov.

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    This is one of the early Asimov novels, when his Galactic Empire was just beginning A man has lost his memory because of psychoprobing some kind extremely invasive and destructive futuristic procedure done on the human brain by the powers that be Why is the question that he, and a lot of other people, try to answer The answer leads to an unwelcome scientific fact that the authorities want to conceal so that they can continue their money making activities, even while the planet goes to hell ring a bell.A very fast moving story with a truly workable scientific premise and believable and sympathetic characters usually a rarity in an Asimov novel.

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    Asimov has never been one of my favorite SF authors, but I fondly remember reading many of his short stories when I was a child He seemed to do best in that form, as he was full of ideas and could pack his encyclopedic knowledge of everything under the sun into a few pages, and never mind the cardboard personalities of his characters The Currents of Space is set on the planet Florinia, whose inhabitants harvest kyrt, which can be made into the most desirable cloth in the galaxy it is super durable, incredibly sheet, and infinitely useful For some reason, kyrt only grows in the way it does on Florinia, among all the planets in the galaxy The reason for this is revealed in the climax Florinia is ruled by the wealthy Sarkites, who profit from controlling the sole source of kyrt, and who treat the Florinians like serfs Florinian society is divided into the laboring class and Townsmen, who are the local representatives of Sarkite authority They are educated and given special privileges, and so put above the ordinary Florinians In other words, they re overseers.When an amnesiac named Rik which is a nickname meaning idiot to the Florinians is found on Florinia, he triggers a series of escapades involving a cast of Florinians, Sarkites, and representatives from Trantor, the most powerful planet in the galaxy The Trantorians dislike the Sarkites oppression of the Florinians, but they fear being accused of imperialist ambitions themselves, and will not risk war with Sark both because of galactic political sentiment, and because they d risk cutting off the kyrt supply.In case the metaphor eludes you, it s explicitly stated that kyrt, grown anywhere but on Florinia, is ordinary cotton So the story turns out to be a combination of planetary adventure and morality tale Florinia must be saved in ways than one.The plot was well written and brought out the motives and personalities of Florinians, Sarkites, and Trantorians, none of whom are wholly good or wholly evil I was also pleased at Asimov s descriptions of this advanced interstellar civilization despite being written in 1952, it was not as dated as some other Golden Age sci fi Except for the women, of course Asimov didn t treat his women as badly as Heinlein he just treated them as woman shaped plot devices If you like good old fashioned intelligent space opera in a perfectly self contained story The Currents of Space is supposedly part of a trilogy and linked to Asimov s Foundation series, but it stands alone just fine , it is definitely worth reading.

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    About 20 pages into the book, I was prepared for disappointment An amnesiac protagonist who slowly recalls his past memories to help the plot progress, huh Most of these kinds of stories are unconvincing because it would make sense for the antagonist to have killed the protagonist from the start instead of merely wiping his memory Galaxy, and here I was thinking Asimov usually stuck to hard science instead of narrative convenience Of course, this book is an early example of an amnesiac protagonist, so I couldn t fault Asimov for doing something that was much original at the time the book was written Nonetheless, I was expecting it to be a bit of a bore.In the end, the book ends up telling a riveting story of interplanetary power politics where each character and each group have convincing motives for acting as they do There are also multiple convincing explanations for why the main character merely had his memory wiped, and wasn t just killed outright The final explanation is indeed completely convincing.The hard science fiction aspect of this novel is revealed at the very end in about two pages of expositional dialogue normally Asimov s plots revolve around the science, but not so here This book reads much like a political thriller.Something that strikes me about this novel is its astute social awareness, particularly given it was written in the early 1950s The early, pre Foundation colonial days of Asimov s expanding human space explorers Trantor, Sark, and Florina, with the Sarkites exploiting Florina for resources known as kyrt in the novel only available there, play out similar to how historically, various Earth nations have exploited other people for resources and how deeply it ingrained racism in the culture.

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