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The Currents of Space (Galactic Empire #2)

3.8 of 5 stars 3.80  ·  rating details  ·  7,338 ratings  ·  258 reviews
High above 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 disruptio
Paperback, 304 pages
Published December 1st 1991 by Spectra (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
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
♍ichael Ƒierce

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
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
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 (
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
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
Ken Doggett
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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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
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.
Nov 06, 2014 JK added it
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.
Aug 05, 2012 Eric rated it 3 of 5 stars
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
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
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
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
Este es, quizás, el peor libro de Asimov que he leído. No ha conseguido engancharme como la mayoría de las veces, la historia va a remolque y los personajes secundarios son tan planos que puestos de perfil ya ni se ven. Tampoco completa de forma relevante el universo de Trantor ni su evolución desde que la Humanidad inicia el éxodo hacia las estrellas.
Para pasar el rato.
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.
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
Enjoyed the set up - chapters by job occupations. Fun, classic space opera. Quick read.
This turned into a great space mystery. Where the Robotic/Baley series were detective stories, this book encompassed several questions to be answered & did it quite well.
What did the Spatio-Analyst discover, why was it dangerous enough to injure him, who injured him & will he recover?

How do these questions play out in the politics of the luxury trade precious enough to enslave a world for its monopoly & in Trantorian expansion plans?

The three books in this series are not important i
Matthew Galloway
I quite enjoyed this book as a kid -- throughout my later grade school years and into high school I read everything I could by him. This time through, I listened to the audiobook version and it was still good, though a bit jumpy, as it seemed that the plot would bounce from time to time with little to no indication... until the passage was over. The reader was good at voices, but in a way it also spoiled a lot. For instance, since everyone has distinct voices, the listeners can know who the trai ...more
This is not quite a 4* read - more like 3.5 - but I rounded it because it was definitely kept my attention. Thiswas a bit of a challenge for me in audio, however. Inititally, I had a hard time keeping the various worlds and people straight but eventually I was able to figure out which characters were of which race, class, or world. This would have been much easier in print!

This book was written in 1952 and the ideas it explores are still relevant -- race, social class, wealth, repression, etc. I
I feel like I've read this book before, a long long time ago. I first found Asimov books back in my teens and it could well be that I read it then. This time I listened to the book on audio (with a passable narrator, nothing special but no issues either, which is more than I can say for some books. I have stopped listening to more audiobooks than paper books due to painful narrators!)

The story is quick but confusing. The main character is confused, too, so this goes together, but it made it a s
How can you go wrong with Isaac Asimov? This is certainly not my favorite of his books – in fact, I would not recommend it unless you're really a Sci-Fi buff. Nevertheless, I still liked it. (The last few pages make you think “…Oh yeah…”)

It, of course, takes place in the very distant future on the plant of Florina where the fabulous and VERY precious “kyrt” is grown. The book is actually the author’s study of class and controlled societies – squires and natives (with racial overtones). Does weal
En esta segunda novela, Asimov comienza a darle sentido a la trilogía del Imperio Galáctico, dotándole de cierta coherencia al introducir puntos de unión importantes con el propio Ciclo de Trántor. Y es que es Trántor, el planeta que se convertirá en el centro neurálgico del imperio, hace acto de aparición en esta narración con gran relevancia en la misma.

Antes de nada, cabe mencionar un poco sobre el argumento. Como punto de partida nos encontramos con la aparición de un tal Rik en Florina, apa
Ed Correa
Entra Trantor como planeta candidato a convertirse en un imperio galáctico, manejando diferente tramas políticas y siendo parte de un thriller detectivesco que involucra personajes que no creo tengan trascendencia más allá de esta novela. De nuevo, una obra menor pero vital en el entramado de las sagas especiales de Asimov.
Tony Perez
A little background first: this is the first non-Robot series book I've read by Asimov. I know nothing about how this particular book relates to the rest the Galactic Empire series or the Foundation series. I effectively read this as a standalone novel.

Anyway, having said that, I will say that I enjoyed the book. The story centers around an amnesiac scientist whose memory has the potential to affect, for better or for worse, the political outcomes of several governments. It reads like a combinat
Mark Oppenlander
Rik is a simple-minded man who has lost most of his memories. He works in the kyrt mills of Florina, a planet oppressed by its neighboring planet Sark. Kyrt is a beloved fabric with very unique properties; it is used throughout the galaxy and only Florina can produce it. Sark's control over the kyrt trade is a monopoly and its rule over the population of Florina nothing short of slavery. When Rik's memories start to return, he realizes that he was something more than a Florinian peasant; he was ...more
I guess this is the second in a series of books, and I haven't read the first. This one was on sale on audible, so I checked it out, mostly on name recognition for Asimov. It was quite well done, focusing on an apparently far-future scenario in which humanity has colonized the galaxy, but it is a much smaller story focusing on the actions of a handful of people. A deep space researcher has discovered that a planet is likely to be consumed, but since that planet is a resource contested by a numbe ...more
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Other Books in the Series

Galactic Empire (3 books)
  • The Stars, Like Dust (Galactic Empire, #1)
  • Pebble in the Sky (Galactic Empire, #3)
Foundation (Foundation, #1) I, Robot (Robot, #0.1) Foundation and Empire (Foundation, #2) Second Foundation (Foundation, #3) The Foundation Trilogy (Foundation, #1-3)

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