CURRENTS OF SPACE Mass Market Paperback – Feb 12 1975
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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
“Obviously, Isaac Asimov had a lot of fun concocting this merry tangle of interplanetary power politics. . . . If it isn't often science-fiction, it is always beautifully contrived melodrama. The reader will have just as much fun as Mr. Asimov.” ―The New York Times on The Currents of Space
“Science fiction on the larger scale is Isaac Asimov's specialty. . . . Clear writing and excellent suspense make this book a welcome addition to the science fiction lists.” ―The New York Times on The Stars, Like Dust
“How do you explain Isaac Asimov to Earth men? How do you even begin to describe that glorious union of all-American optimism, bleeding-heart Yiddishkeit, and cutting-edge science speculation? You can't. He's one of a kind. . . . Psycho-history buffs will love this book for its through-the-looking-glass view of the Foundation series. Everyone else will love it because it's fun, fun, fun.” ―Fantasy & Science Fiction on Pebble in the Sky--This text refers to the Paperback edition.
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Isaac Asimov, author of the Foundation trilogy and many other novels, was one of the great SF writers of the twentieth century.--This text refers to the Paperback edition. See all Product Description
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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.
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.Read more ›
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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I have been reading many Asimov books lately and they have all been very good, this one is no exception. I would recommend reading this book.Published on Sept. 15 2012 by Jordan
This handsome Tor Books reissue of Asimov's third novel, first published in 1952, is a fast-moving tale of political intrigue, sharpened by a measure of social commentary. Read morePublished on July 1 2010 by David Stover
This is easily the best of the three "Empire Novels". In fact, I found this story to be better than those from Asimov's more famous Foundation Trilogy. Read morePublished on July 2 2004 by Stewart Teaze - Aerospace Systems Engineer
This is certainly the best of the three Empire novels, and one of Asimov's best science fiction novels of any type. Read morePublished on July 26 1999 by John Domby
Han sido muchos los años que he intentado encontrar la saga del imperio (pertenenciente a las fundaciones) pero es casi imposible encontrarlas. Read morePublished on July 20 1999
Uncharacteristically of the other two Empire novels, you really get a feel for the characters in this one and begin to understand them as if they were real people. Read morePublished on July 7 1999
Asimov draws many parallels with history hear on Earth. The planet Florinia is the old south with kyrt as its cotton and the natives as African slaves. Read morePublished on April 30 1999