©1952 Isaac Asimov; (P)2009 BBC Audio
I work full time in Financial Services, teach part time, listen to music (a lot) and love Science Fiction and Speculative Fiction.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
the narrator did a great job - even keeping the accent between inter-planetary characters. Asimov as always delivers the sci-fi/detective story that keeps you interested and entertained - not too much detail to bore you just enough for the story.
Yes! This is my favorite of the 3 Empire series books. There is more suspense in this book than the others and you have that feeling of worrying about the characters like in a war movie. The characters are well developed and they stand out from one another as having distinct personalities. The people are divided into several levels of status and the relationships between them are interesting. Some of the older Asimov books have characters that are hard to tell apart. The plot is complex with plenty of mystery. The true nature of some of the characters is deceptive which makes the characters complex. There is a theme of oppression and there are parallels to European empires and their extractive societies in the new world. One funny twist is that the oppressed people have light skin while the oppressors have dark skin and dark hair. It's fascinating to see how something like this could happen between planets within a larger empire. It's cool to see how Trantor is portrayed as a ascending empire unlike the all powerful empire of Foundation. The narration of the audiobook is interesting because the narrator uses at least 6 different accents as the voices for the different levels of the societies and cultures. From the bottom class to the top class they range from southern-US hillbilly, irish, American, Russian, French, snotty british at the very top. The british overlords sound like Wooster in the PG Wodehouse Wooster and Jeeves books. It's pretty hilarious and makes the book especially entertaining.
This isn't formatted like a mystery novel though toward the end you do need some answers. The writing is engaging enough that there never seems to be "slow" parts. There isn't a lot of heavy milieu stuff like some Asimov. He really lets the story move with characters that you can care about. I think this is the best Asimov I've read/listened to to date.
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 slightly different from the rest of his books (Robot series and Foundation series).
If you like Isaac Asimov, read the books in chronological order (Robot, Galactic Empire, and Foundation). The Galactic Empire series is still good. Since it's been so long when I last read this book, I have forgotten the plot. In the usual Asimov's style, the reader is left guessing until the end. The only thing I didn't like about the book is that I think the pace is slow.
Another great Asimov story. The narrator makes some strange decision in regards to accents for the characters - but he is very consistent about it which make it easy to follow who is talking at any point in time. This is a nice sci-fi story written around a mystery. This story takes place in Asimov's galactic empire and again he has set this story during the time frame of the expansion period of the galactic empire from Trantor. I like the story, it is a quick read/listen and Asimov's universe is always consistent... which is nice going from book to book. Narration is decent too.
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I believe early Asimov did not understand the difference between a novel and a short story. His short stories are usually pretty good. His novels early on are short stories lengthened with nothing new between.
Asimov was an idea man. He comes up with really great ideas, which are usually better showcased in short stories, such as The Big Question, An Ugly boy, and most robot stories. He develops better characters in his short stories, such as Susan Calvin.
These early empire novels are boring due to all the action and drama he tries to incorporate into the middle of them.
The Gods Themselves which he wrote later in his career is my favorite.
I would like to say that the narrator is excellent. He does not have a distinctive voice like John Lee, Stephen Rudnick, or Frank Muller, but that might actually be a plus. You spend less time admiring his voice and more attention to the story. Like Dick Hill, he has lots of talent and you may listen to several different books read by him and not even think about the narrator as it should be. He put a lot of work and feeling into a dull story. I hope I catch him in some better books.
This is yet another shining example of Asimov???s grasp of theoretical physics and social responsibilities that was way ahead of his time. Considering that he wrote this in 1952, the science is sound concerning, the working of stars, and is still widely held by many experts today. He also addresses the disparity between the working class who are trapped by their linage and the aristocratic ruling classes with their view of cheapened life of these workers.
The narrator chose to employ various British/Scotch/Irish and European accents to distinguish natives of different planets and members of various social classes, while doing the standard narration in an generic midwestern American tone. Not one of Asimov's best books. The artistic choices by the narrator made the book more difficult to listen to. I found myself skipping ahead to avoid listening to certain characters, as well as to make the ponderous plot move more quickly. Unless you are a die-hard Asimov fan, I would skip this one.
Like the first novel I'm the series, a little clunky in the story. Full of innuendo and misunderstanding, the stuff of drama. Our hero, Rik, is clearly the object of bureaucratic preoccupation. Novel demonstrates ruling class obsession with status quo as the single product line appears superior to continued life on the planet. Asimov is one of the most revered SciFi writer, think I'll try another.
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