Kosmické proudy (Galaktické impérium, #3)
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Kosmické proudy (Galactic Empire #2)

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Popularita seriálu Nadace, galaktické kroniky obrovského Impéria, přiměla jeho tvůrce k napsání dalších třech samostatných příběhů, které jsou jeho součástí. Druhým z nich jsou Kosmické proudy.

Trantor již ovládl polovinu Galaxie, a mezi světy, které jeho vlivu dosud odolávají, patří i Sark prosperující z vykořisťování Floriny, své vazalské planety. Nyní však Florině hrozí...more
Paperback, 241 pages
Published 1994 by AF 167 (first published 1952)
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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
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...more
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...more
Jun 07, 2014 David rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  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...more
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 even Pohl, but he cobbles up a good tightly written yarn. I believe Asimov, based on works I've read so far, really wishes 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 (...more
Aug 05, 2012 Eric rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  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...more
Jim McGowan
Jan 10, 2010 Jim McGowan rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  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...more
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
Buck Ward
This is traditional science fiction. The story is of interplanetary political intrigue with a bit of crime drama mixed in. It is told in Asimov's plain straightforward style. The plot is fairly complex, with a twist or two.

This is classified as part of a series, The Galactic Empire. I've read two of the three and each of them stand alone.
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
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
Mutlu Cankay
Florina'nın tarlalarında kendine gelen Rik'in uyanmasından öncesine dair anısı yoktur. Bölgenin yerlilerinden olan Valona, onun koruyuculuğunu ve hemşireliğini üstlenir. Bölge yöneticisi Terens'in gözetimi altında olan fabrikalar ve tarlalar tüm galaksiye sadece o gezegende yetişmekte olan Kirt liflerini işleyip satmaktadır. Sark gezegenin mandası altında olan Florina'yı çok ciddi bir tehlike beklemektedir. Sark'lı efendilerin Kirt işlemeleri dışında umursamadığı geri kalmış Florina'yı bekleyen...more
Eva Nickelson
I really liked this book. It is definitely what I imagine a pure sci-fi book to be. Rik is a good character, and I liked the fact that his job could be summed up as "We analyze Nothing" and how well the book was titled. The plot of the story is eerily haunting in today's political climate.
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.
a local government controls a commodity and enslaves the natives; a native rebellion is stirring; an empire moves to topple the local government to control the commodity in the name of peace; and, a scientist predicts global extinction... IN SPACE!
Andrew McCrae
There's no doubt that this man's mind can build a complex story with both a number of significant characters and political stances, and, while dropping in a series of clues throughout, maintain a good detective fiction amidst a well-thought-out scientific premise. His work is always well wrought, and this novel is no exception.

Yet, despite its plausibility in storyline and its scientific verisimilitude, there are occasional tenuous if not implausible links in order to progress it(view spoiler)...more
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...more
Nice stand alone story which still interacts with the Asimov universe. The Currents of Space has all the hallmarks of Asimov works. Good science foundation, interesting science speculation, social commentary, awkward dialog, too many characters without arcs, overlapping and convoluted agendas, and reveals which alternate between obvious and unguessable based on information given. The good out weighs the expected and the speculative aspects ended up working for me. I recommend as a quick read if...more
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Rik es un hombre que aparece de forma misteriosa en el planeta Florina. No puede recordar nada de su pasado, pero con el tiempo, empieza a tener la sensación de que su lugar no es ese humilde planeta de la galaxia. Con la ayuda de una pueblerina y del edil, descubrirá que el futuro del planeta Florina depende de sus anteriores conocimientos, los que le robaron cuando alguien le borró la memoria.


Este es el último libro perteneciente a la Trilo...more
Senthil Kumaran
This is one of asimov's early writing and tries to present the picture of interstellar politics, describing the incidents of slavery expounded by some master planets over the planets they control. This is brilliant piece about how owners of a handful planets think and negiotate for their own prosperity as they reap the benefits of work done by other planets. The story is about a spatio-analyst, who is lost and been physic-probed, i.e his memory has been erased. Spatio analysts are supposed to be...more
The Currents Of Space isn't exactly what I'd label as an "SF mystery" genre book, nor does "SF espionage" genre seem quite right. There is a puzzle to be solved. And there's secretive maneuvering between various players. There are twists and turns.

The context is a planet under colonial exploitation by another planet. The colony planet is the only world in the galaxy that can produce a highly desired commodity - not as desperately needed as the spice in the Dune books, but that gives a general pa...more
This was a random find in Charring Cross road, a lovely old 1950s Asimov novel. I think this might be one of the best of his I've read since the Caves of Steel. The blurb appealed to me as it talked about a mad man who was predicting the end of the world. The world in question ended up being a small colony that faced a repressive colonial government as it's citizen's were being treated like second class citizen's by another world that took their valuable goods and left them with nothing. It had...more
3.5 stars:

Asimov's Galactic Empire trilogy is really 3 separate books that just happen to be set during his Galactic Empire timeframe. The first book was my least favorite Asimov so far, with a subplot that felt a little odd and the cheesiest ending I've ever read. Ever. So I admit going into this with a should-read feeling instead of want-to-read.

Currents of Space is a tale of amnesia, of galaxy-wide plots, of self-discovery…no, this isn't Le Guin's City of Illusions. Despite the similar plot p...more
The story's backdrop takes place during Trantor's rise to Galactic Empire. The plot opens with a "spatio-analyst" earthling named Rik left on the planet Florinia after his mind was scrambled by a botched "psycho-probe" session and a woman named Valona to care for him and keep him out of trouble.

The story unfolds as Riks memory slowly returns and as his memory returns the danger and plot thickens. The interplay between flashbacks and the current time frame builds depth in the mystery and assists...more
Bryan Chambers
I started reading the "Empire" books as a precursor to the "Foundation" series. Oddly enough, most of my previous experience with Asimov comes from his short mystery stories concerning the Black Widowers club (which are excellent, btw).
Currents of Space is the second of the three "Empire" novels, which take place prior to the Foundation series, but which are not really interconnected as a trilogy.
What I've found most interesting about Asimov's science fiction is its focus on sociological/politic...more
Bryan Alexander
An engaging and entertaining Asimov novel, part of his Empire series (which I think I'm just getting into now).

Currents of Space is an sf/mystery blend, turning on that old amnesia storytelling device. One character, Rik, appears on the surface of the planet Florina, having lost nearly all of his memory. Various people take interest in Rik, which triggers all kinds of events: (view spoiler)...more
3.5/5 stars

The Currents of Space (I love Asimov's story titles) is the second book, following internal chronology, in the Empire series and of much higher quality than the first one The Stars, Like Dust.

The novel features aspects such as politics, race, class division and economic exploitation. I was fascinated with the concept and the tension between the lower and the upper city, and with the political power games between Trantor (yes, Foundation's Trantor), Sark and Florina.

Similarly to some o...more
I was a bit disappointed at first because I was expecting this book to carry on the story from The Stars, Like Dust, which I felt was left unfinished. However, this story is every bit as entertaining as the previous.
The plot somewhat resembles that of Dune. A planet that is the sole producer in the known galaxy of a substance called kyrt used in the fabrication of clothing is considered to be in mortal danger by a scientist working in the field of spatio-analysis. In the beginning of the book he...more
This is one of Asimov's Galactic Empire books, precursors to his Foundation series. Together with The Stars Like Dust, and Pebble in the Sky, the Galactic Empire books are not a trilogy as sometimes described, but just novels set in the same universe before Foundation. In this one, the empire led by Trantor has consolidated a million solar systems, or about half the human inhabited galaxy. There was one book in the sequence I had not previously read, and this was it.

Asimov gives us Rik, an ensla...more
Michael Battaglia
It's actually nice to finally be able to read this novel. I bought the darn thing probably around fifteen years ago when I was a teenager and on an Asimov kick. What I didn't realize at the time was that it was the only novel in the Empire series in print. Being slightly picky about such things (and probably not totally realizing that the novels aren't all that related) I tried to order the other two, failed, and then put this volume aside for quite some time. Eventually due to the magic of the...more
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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.

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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
“How 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 that war itself?”
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