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The Currents of Space (Galactic Empire #2)

3.81  ·  Rating Details ·  9,701 Ratings  ·  385 Reviews
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 disr ...more
Mass Market Paperback, 191 pages
Published March 1971 by Fawcett Crest SF (first published 1952)
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Sesana
Mar 25, 2011 Sesana rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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 more like these Galactic Empire books are serving as snapshots, showing the reader how Trantor grew as an empire w ...more
Manny
Dec 01, 2008 Manny rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: science-fiction
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 he...

I 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 t
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Khaalidah Muhammad-Ali
*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
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Michael Fierce
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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 al
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Denis
Jul 06, 2014 Denis rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: b-c
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,
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Nandakishore Varma
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 ...more
Ms. Smartarse
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 tha
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David
Jun 04, 2014 David rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Psycho-probed spacial analysts, kyrt pickers
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-d
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Nathaniel
Sep 13, 2016 Nathaniel rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sci-fi
I gave this book 4-stars, but I have to be clear that at least one of those stars was straight up nostalgia!

When I was still in middle school and my father--an English professor--was starting to despair of getting me really hooked on the classics he caved in and figured that if I was going to read sci-fi it may was well be the best stuff. So he asked around (probably from the professor who taught that one class on sci-fi) and presented me with a brand-new copy of Foundation. I still clearly rem
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Bar Tube
Hard science fiction, with a lot of politics.
Simon
Jun 29, 2009 Simon rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sf
I don't think any of Asimov's Galactic Empire Novels could be said to be essential reading when reading books in the Foundation Universe but if one was to only read one of them I think this should be it. It was the last of the three to be written and, in my opinion, Asimov was more developed as a writer.

Like the others, this novel stands alone really and does not require any prior reading in order to enjoy. Although reading it with the knowledge of what went before (and what is to come) puts it
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Karthik
Feb 21, 2017 Karthik rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This one is a typical Asimov - complete page turner with lot of political maneuvering from various parties and reader is baffled who is the good guy, who is the bad guy and a complete surprise ending. Ending would have been predictable in the days when I was binge reading Asimov. But caught me totally off guard having lost touch with Asimov for a few years.

The main importance of this book book is that it is set in the long gap between the time of the spacers and emergence of the Foundation - th
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Sam
May 13, 2014 Sam rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
First published on Forest Azuaron.

Depending on your point of view, The Currents of Space is either the last, second, or first book in the Galactic Empire trilogy: it was published last, but the depicted events happen before Pebble in the Sky and after The Stars, Like Dust, but is recommended as the first to read by Asimov himself. Personally, I find I can't read things out of in-universe chronological order, so The Currents of Space is my second foray into The Galactic Empire, following The Star
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Alan Zendell
Not one of his best, this one is much ado about very little with a disappointing climax. Even more disappointing was Asimov's invention of the reason supernovas occur. They do NOT occur because because streams of carbon atoms passing through the galaxy disrupt the chemistry of stars. I can't imagine why a scientist like Asimov, even though astrophysics was clearly not his field, would make up such a thing and then write a mystery novel (that's what this is) with that idea as its central point.

On
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Ethan
Apr 09, 2016 Ethan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I've been a fan of the Foundation books for decades, but I had never read the Galactic Empire novels until I picked up The Stars, Like Dust last year. Technically it's a trilogy, but they are essentially stand alone novels that are set in the same universe, which is also the same universe as the Foundation novels and (I think) the Robot novels as well.

Like The Stars, Like Dust, this one has a fun plot and plenty of political intrigue. This one lacks the humor of the previous novel, but I enjoyed
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Danial Behzadi
Mar 14, 2016 Danial Behzadi rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
خوندن این کتاب خیلی حال داد، بیشتر به این دلیل که چون کتابخونهٔ دانشگاه بیشتر از دو تا کتاب امانت نميداد و من سه تای این مجموعه رو برای عید میخواستم، مجبور شدم در عرض دو روز کل کتاب رو تموم کنم تا بتونم در آخرین ساعت باز بودن کتابخونه در سال ۱۳۹۴، این کتاب رو تحویل بدم و «قلوهسنگی در آسمان» رو بگیرم D:
جدای از این قضیه، داستان خیلی خوب بود و سیّارهٔ فلورینا، من رو یاد ایران خودمون میانداخت. حالا توی این داستان، سارکیها بهترینهای جوانان این سیّاره رو میبردن تا براشون کار کنه و بهشون اجازهٔ ازدواج
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Michael Nash
I'm not wild about the Galactic Empire series. The Currents of Space has the usual Asimov problems of flat characters and a load of plot twists that are either obvious or not properly set up (that is, twists of the form person x was an enemy agent the whole time!). Asimov usually gets a pass for this, since science fiction, is after all, about ideas. However, its not clear what idea is being explored here (or with any of the galactic empire books). The tepid discussion about race and class falls ...more
JK
I can't rate this... I want to rate it low because the message of green and class distinction was incredibly blunt. At the same time, this was written in the 50s, so I feel like that should make it more acceptable. I don't know.
Beth
Jul 05, 2009 Beth rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Loved this book.
Hard to believe it was written decades ago as it holds up on so many levels.

I was lost on several occasions but the narration brought me back up to speed quickly without being overly repetitive.

It reminded me that Asimov is truly one of favorite authors.
Micaela
3.5 estrellas

Nuevamente Asimov brinda una historia atrapante, mezcla de detectivesca y de ciencia ficción :)
¡y qué gran mejoría respecto al libro anterior! (The Stars, Like Dust) que francamente fue una decepción para mi.

En este libro, nuestro protagonista se encuentra solo e indefenso en las afueras de un pueblito en el planeta Florina, con la mente de un niño, y sin recordar bien quién es ni cómo llegó allí. Pero a medida que su memoria se recupera, es indudable que era un hombre instruído
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LindaJ^
Nov 19, 2014 LindaJ^ rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
UPDATE. I reread (or more accurately, re-listened!) to this book. I finished an audible book in mid-walk and found I had no more new books downloaded. So I picked this one to listen to because I couldn't remember what it was about or the ending! It was definitely a solid 4* as a reread! I did remember it after a bit, making it easy to keep everyone straight, but never did not remember the ending, making it an enjoyable listen. I've not changed my initial review, which follows --

This is not quite
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SciFi Kindle
This story has a remarkably sophisticated plot that traces the outlines of a mystery that kept me guessing all the way through. I was shocked to find out midway through my reading that this was written in 1952, prior to the whodunit stories in his Robot series, ‘The Caves of Steel’ and ‘The Naked Sun’, which seem somehow less complex by comparison. It also had a lot more suspense and action, even violence, than I’ve come to expect from Asimov. Only in the final chapters do we see any multi-page- ...more
Eric
Aug 05, 2012 Eric rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Those reading all of Asimov's books in a row
Shelves: sci-fi
The story itself isn't so great. It has the usual Asimov character development and mystery. The interplay between the two main planets and their peoples is interesting, and Asimov continues to create a future that is self-similar to our past. The supposed enlightenment of mankind has not yet happened - he doesn't visualize that it will ever happen. We remain, in his future, a broken and fundamentally unfair species.

The real strength of this book is the subtle furthering of the history of his uni
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Ken Doggett
Sep 15, 2014 Ken Doggett rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The hardcover version of this book states that the original story was written in 1952, and this edition was published by Tor in 2009. It had quite a few typos, and it seemed that some of the formatting in places, such as spaces between scenes, occasionally went awry. None of it reflects on the author, and this is a review on the story rather than the formatting.

The story itself was engaging, and the characters well drawn. It's a relatively short novel, and keeps your interest to the very end. On
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Jim McGowan
Oct 10, 2009 Jim McGowan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Any 'classic' Sci Fi fans
The peasants of Florina drudgingly harvest and process their planet's unique, precious resource for the profit of their overlords on the planet Sark. The expanding Trantorian empire starts taking an active interest in the situation after a scientist with a doomsday message for Florina disappears before he can deliver it.

I found this book very enjoyable for a few reasons. Firstly, I am a fan of Sci Fi from this period, and this books stands as a fine example. I find the ideas that authors like As
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Sakacaca
Jan 29, 2013 Sakacaca rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Aun mejor que el anterior. Pasa un buen tiempo despues del libro pasado, pero tampoco existe alguna liga entre ambos. Creo que nombran a los Tyrann, pero este imperio ya no existe. Ahora si se ve que el Galactic Empire esta en formacion a travez de Trantor, pero aun existe 2 planetas que no son parte del Imperio porque tiene un producto 'mina de oro' con lo que controlan todo el trade a travez de la galaxia (sounds familiar?). El libro es del punto de vista de los esclavos mas hechos mierdas de ...more
Annie
May 25, 2014 Annie rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I'm a fan of Isaac Asimov and just read "The Currents of Space" the second time. Years ago when I read all of Asimov's books, I thought the Galactic Empire series were not as good as the others. I later read somewhere (maybe in Asimov's memoir) that this series had a different publisher, and he accepted much of their changes despite his better judgment. This included changing the book titles (The Stars, like Dust; The Currents of Space; and Pebble in the Sky), which is why this series is slightl ...more
Ivan
Mar 09, 2014 Ivan rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A very interesting plot that is interesting since the beginning. A man with a piece of information that is crucial for the security of the galaxy, gets captured and his mind wiped out. Left alone in as a sort of diminished-mind man in an opressed planet, is taken by a priest and a country girl who teach them how to get a living in the crops. Soon he begins to regain his memory, slowly realizing what he was and the danger that is going to befall in the planet he is.

A little winkle to the Earth a
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Simona Bartolotta
Strano a dirsi, qui manca una componente fondamentale che ho sempre riscontrato in tutti gli altri lavori di Asimov, anche in quelli che mi hanno delusa: l'elemento sorpresa. Per essere più precisi, un colpo di scena finale, per chiamarlo così, c'è, il problema è che si intuiva facilmente quale fosse già a pagina 100. Ho sperato fino all'ultima pagina che le cose si ribaltassero, che le mie previsioni fossero sbagliate, che l'imprevedibile Isaac mettesse in campo anche qui almeno qualche briciol ...more
Jams
So here's the thing, I know this book was published in the 50's and views on gender have changed. Things like this don't usually bother me at all. But I can't help but wonder if Asimov had ever meet a woman before writing this book. Did he never have a mother of sister? Did he ever marry?

Maybe he was a bachelor who liked boys? That would explain the one dimensional wonders that take the place of the two women (puppets? dolls?) in this book.
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Isaac Asimov was a Russian-born, American author, a professor of biochemistry, and a highly successful writer, best known for his works of science fiction and for his popular science books.

Professor Asimov is generally considered the most prolific writer of all time, having written or edited more than 500 books and an estimated 90,000 letters and postcards. He has works published in nine of the te
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“How then to enforce peace? Not by reason, certainly, nor by
education. If a man could not look at the fact of peace and
the fact of war and choose the former in preference to the
latter, what additional argument could persuade him? What
could be more eloquent as a condemnation of war than war
itself? What tremendous feat of dialectic could carry with it
a tenth the power of a single gutted ship with its ghastly
cargo?”
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