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  • Mass Market Paperback
  • Publisher: Fawcett; First THUS edition (Feb. 12 1975)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0449224953
  • ISBN-13: 978-0449224953
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #2,721,613 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"One of the world's premier science fiction writers."
--Newsday

“Isaac Asimov is the greatest explainer of the age."
--Carl Sagan

“For fifty years it was Isaac Asimov's tone of address that all the other voices of SF obeyed.… For five decades his was the voice to which sf came down in the end. His was the default voice of SF."
--The Encyclopedia of Science Fiction
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Isaac Asimov was born in 1920 in the Soviet Union. His family came to the United States in 1923. He earned his Ph.D in Chemistry in 1948 and in 1958, he became a full–time writer. His writings include: In Memory Yet Green, I, Asimov: A Memoir, Yours, Isaac Asimov, and It's Been A Good Life, as well as three Opus books. He died in 1992.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on March 10 1999
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This is not one of his best known books, and I knew nothing about it when I read it. But almost immediately I knew I'd enjoy this one. The momentum builds steadily, and the reader soon becomes as paranoid and unsure of reality as Rik, who tries to discover his true identity, erased at an early age by unknown persons for unknown reasons. Events repeatedly prove to be other than they appear. When it was all over I desperately wanted to read another one like this. Unfortunately very few can compete with the intense suspense of this one. Robots of Dawn accomplished it, but at a slower pace. This book is shorter and moves faster but still manages the same joyous effect. Just like events in the story, this book is much more than it seems. I was lucky to have stumbled upon it.
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When a man known only as Rik finds himself on the planet of Florina, he has no memory of his past and little hope for the future. He knows only that he is destined to work in the fields, growing the wondrous kyrt plant that is found only on Florina and is therefore a highly valued commodity across the galaxy. But with the help of a kind and loyal local woman, Rik manages to rediscover his own identity and help free the Florinians from the domination of the Squires of Sark, who have been exploiting Florina for its kyrt crop.
The second book in the Galactic Empire trilogy, Currents of Space will not fail to satisfy fans of Isaac Asimov's famed brand of hard SF/space opera. The GE trilogy takes place in the era before Asimov's classic Foundation books, when the empire of Trantor does not yet control the entire Galaxy. Asimov's speculations about carbon currents, which are at the center of the plot, are no longer tenable after 50 years, but it doesn't matter. Currents is solid, exciting, old-fashioned SF that is hard to beat.
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The world of Sark exists in the minority in having thus far eluded annexation by the Empire of Trantor. The sole reason for this evasion rests in Sark's dominion over a no-account world called Florina. No-account, that is, except for a wondrous crop that grows only upon Florina. This crop is so entwined in the culture of the galaxy that Sark has become unbelievably wealthy, so much so that Trantor fears the large army to be raised by such wealth.
Upon the planet Florina, there is a man whose memory has been erased for the danger it poses to the delicate balance that exists over Florina's condition. In his profession he uncovered a secret now lost, one of paramount importance to the safety of all Florina.
This novel chronicles the mystery surrounding this mind-wiped man and the adventures that ensue as his memory begins to return. Asimov again displayed his excellent plotting ability as he leads you in various directions, so that you come to conclusions that are completely wrong, lest you recall the earlier-placed clues that would prevent such erroneous conclusions. When the questions are all finally answered, too many viable suspects have been eliminated, and there is left only the guilty. Asimov was successful in twisting the events such that any reader would be kept guessing.
This book is the second of the three Empire novels, which depict different time periods in the creation of the Galactic Empire. This takes place after the Empire is relatively well established. Preceding these novels, but not necessary for any understanding (as Asimov did not tie them together until well after the Empire novels were published) of the events.
Following the Empire novels are the Foundation novels, which chronicle the fall of the Empire.
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Having read all of Asimov's early works, it's fair to say that this is the best of the crop of the Empire novels, and is better than all the Robot novels as well. It's not quite up to the Foundation stories, hence the rating of 4 stars.
The plot is interesting, and has aged well. There is not very much that makes you snicker in the light of current scientific knowledge. He has a lot of characters for a 200 page book, but it is never confusing; they are individuals and it's easy to keep them separated in your mind. The story draws you in and keeps you interested from beginning to end.
Asimov had the tendency to throw too many cliffhangers/revelations that didn't go anywhere in his early novels (as compared to, say, Nightfall), and it feels like he's cheaply manipulating the reader. This book, while containing some of these events, are far more logical and less contrived than in the other Empire and Robot novels. This makes it a far more enjoyable read.
It is a shame that these books are out of print. I think the fact that 14 people have written reviews of this book points to the fact that there is still a following for Asimov out there, and maybe the publishers should print another edition of these early books, even in a single volume (as each Empire book is only 200 pages or so).
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One day, on an agricultural colony planet run by a empire as harsh as the Roman Empire in biblical times, a local functionary finds a man whose mind has been destroyed in one of his town's fields. A peasant woman is tasked to re-raise this man from pretty much a second infancy. But now things are starting to come back, and the supervisor, although a native himself, sees the threat this poses to his masters' power. The principal crop on this world is a form of cotton that grows only this way on his planet--it's used in expensive clothing. But before his mind was "wiped", the victim was a scientist who had discovered a menace which threatened that planet. Although the story has Ludlumesque head games by people in power, its strong point is in the human factor in the form of the victim, his female protector, as well as his former boss who's concerned about what became of him. That's why I say Wouk. But this is a sci fi book, right? Well, don't let that scare you off. It's a hell of a story in a middlin' size book--you don't get the two in a single package all that often.
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