The Currents of Space

  • by Isaac Asimov
  • Narrated by Kevin T. Collins
  • 7 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

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. Living among the workers of Florinia, Rik is a man without a memory or a past. He has been abducted and brainwashed. Barely able to speak or care for himself when he was found, Rik is widely regarded as a simpleton by the worker community where he lives. But as his memories begin to return, Rik finds himself driven by a cryptic message he is determined to deliver: Everyone on Florinia is doomed . . . the Currents of Space are bringing destruction. But if the planet is evacuated, the power of Sark will end--so some would finish the job and would kill the messenger. The fate of the Galaxy hangs in the balance.


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Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

Currents of Space is certainly not Asimov's best. However it is a good, solid stand alone story that is within his Galactic Empire Series (Stars Like Dust, Pebble in the Sky). These novels (along with the End of Eternity) fit (in my opinion) into a "boyhood sci-fi genre". Clever plot-lines that a re entertaining and keep your interest. I enjoyed it.

Would you recommend The Currents of Space to your friends? Why or why not?

I would. The under tones of racial prejudice and economics were reminiscent of Colonial America and, though simplistic were thought provoking. This is clearly not on par with Le Guin or Herbert but this is a fast paced story with a lot of turns in it, it reads more like a detective novel.

Which character – as performed by Kevin T. Collins – was your favorite?

His characterization of the Squires was fantastic. I frankly don't know how he could affect some of those accents, I found it impressive.Some people may find his feminization of some of the Squires offensive but it really put them in a light similar to the dandies of English Colonial America. I thought he did a great job.

Was The Currents of Space worth the listening time?

I decided to re-read all the Galactic Empire Series, which is the worth the time for me. If you will only read 1 non-Foundation Asimov I would recommend End of Eternity. But if you are a "completist" for Asimov's earlier work, then I think it is well worth the listen.

Any additional comments?

This novel is over 50 years old, some of the basic cosmological premises are no longer considered correct. Asimov was a tenured bio-chemistry professor, so his interest in science is clearly evident and far be it from me to criticize it. As a ready you will need to "suspend your disbelief" if you are hard sci-fi fan.I didn't find this to be a problem, the material was thought provoking on a social and scientific basis.

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- thomas "I focus mainly on History, Endurance Sports and Science/Speculative Fiction books."

See the Future from the Past

The first moonwalk was July 21, 1969. Apollo 11. Neil Armstrong David Brinkley reporting on NBC on our family's black and white television. What adventure! I was a kindergartener, wondering what the world would hold next. Inter stellar travel at warp speed on the USS Enterprise NC-1701 (Star Trek television series 1967 - 1969)?

Much to my disappointment, the dream of space destination travel was shelved with the last Apollo moonwalk in 1972, But Arthur C. Clarke and Stanley Kubrick's 1968 book and movie "2001: A Space Odyssey" - which I didn't discover for another 10 years - made casual space travel seem, well, like a not-too-distant probability.

Liking Clarke took me to "hard science fiction", a SciFi genre with "an emphasis on scientific or technical detail, or on scientific accuracy, or on both." I read Robert C. Heinlein, Poul Anderson. Fredrick Pohl - and of course, Isaac Asimov. I purchased them used at Uncle Hugo's Bookstore in Minneapolis. Or sometimes, depending on the author - new, right after the paperback release. I was making minimum wage and couldn't afford hardback at the time. I never turned them back in for store credit - somehow I thought I'd want them later. 30 years later, my son read them when he was about the same age.

Asimov is one if my favorites, but he was such a prolific writer, I don't think I've read even half of what he wrote. It sure didn't help that I loved the entire Foundation series so much I read it twice. .

"The Currents of Space" (1952), part of the Gallactic Empire Series, was new to me. Although Asimov's not known for it now, he was also a well regarded mystery writer - and Currents seamlessly combines the two genres. Rik, a complete stranger whose memory has been wiped, is dumped in a small farming village on the planet Florina. Vilona - Lona for short - a plaintiff, sturdy farmer longing for someone to love, agrees to care for the infantile Rik. As Rik gets better, his memory returns in part and then mostly - and what he knows is both dangerous and life saving. And there's the mystery, with plenty of suspects, plausible motives, and apparent opportunities.

Kevin T. Collins' 2009 Audible narration adds a complexity to the novel that couldn't have existed in Asimov's writings: the accents of the characters which ranged from American (Rik); rural American South (Lona); Polish, Russian, Scottish, educated English, Cockney, Spanish . . . And all recognizably so. There was a good reason. That was a Faberge Easter Egg for the spoken version. BBC Books holds the copyright and I couldn't find a director or producer. If it was Collins' idea, it was inspired - and the 2009 Audible award was well deserved.

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- Cynthia "Always moving. Always listening. Always learning. "After all this time?" "Always.""

Book Details

  • Release Date: 05-01-2009
  • Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc.