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on May 25, 2016
The second of the Galactic Empire novels, in between "The Stars Like Dust" and "Pebble in the Sky," it could be read on its own. Earth isn't mentioned until the very end, and here, Trantor, dominating half the Milky Way galaxy, for the first time, comes into the story.
There are plots and sub-plots to this book, and you have to keep a scorecard to completely understand this book, but it is enjoyable nonetheless. For example, allways know what I.S.B. stands for: Interstellar Spatio-analytic Bureau, for this is mentioned only once. Read this book at least twice at a minimum.
Like, "The Stars Like Dust," there is a sector independent of Trantor's empire (but not for long). It consists of two planets: Sark, and its colony Florina, in which the peasants grow kyrt, a special, luxurious fabric that can be made into clothing that people would do anything to get.
It starts when a professor, a spatio-analyst, or one who analysis "Nothing," capital N, observes the currents of space, hence the title, carrying a carbon element that can interfere with a star's process of fusion reactions leading to a nova. The professor wants to warn the population of Florina, but is taken by one official, get psycho-probed, and is left into a field with a severe loss of memory. He gets picked up be a peasant girl named Valona, takes care of him, and renames him Rik.
Meanwhile, a Townman, Terens, from Sark, comes and runs the town. Dr. Junz comes to examine Rik, and Abel, his friend, is an agent from Trantor to spy on them to see what is happening. The reason is that there are several officials who has heard of Rik analysis and comes looking for him.
Terens goes snooping at a city having two levels. The lower level consisting of peasants from Florina living in the equivalent of hovels, and the upper level consisting of the Sark elite, living luxuriously. It turns out that Terens arouses the suspicians of several officials and goes on a killing spree, and they start hunting him down, and this is where the action begins, and all this involves traveling between the farms of Florina and the great cities, and palaces of Sark.
All of these plots, though they may not seem connected at first, do converge to a focal point, and it is interesting on how the book turns out. I won't spoil it all for you, but there is a part where there is a conflict between the tyranny of Sark and the freedom offered by the Trantorian empire.
As stated, read this twice, but even once, the book is enjoyable, and interesting.
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on May 14, 2016
Asimov is definitely one of the leading masters of sci-fi. Currents of Space is another example of a perfect plot. There is politics, power games, play on words and the good against evil. Once you get used to Asimov's style, it becomes a nice game to look for little clues that foreshadow the unfolding events.
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on May 7, 2016
goes well with 'pebble in the sky' and 'the stars like dust'.
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on April 5, 2016
I felt very involved in the first book but the second and third books kind of lost me.
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on April 4, 2016
Re-reading Asimov is like re-discovering old friends. This fascinating, creative detective story remains one of my favorites from one of my favorite authors. Asimov-like hard-science fiction, such as that presented in "The Martian" movie, will always be my favorite.
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on January 29, 2016
Generic review for Asimov's books because I bought all of them for my collection and am writing ALL of the reviews at once.

I love everyone of his books, and each brings a great story to the table, if you are looking for a good Saga to start reading, check out his Foundation / Robot series. I've read them all the way through several times and each time, loved each book. Each book builds off the one prior and adds a whole new dynamic to the overall universe while still being able to be enjoyed individually. If you are reading this review, Just check out the book, I guarantee it will be worth it.
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on December 2, 2015
Like most of Asimov's works, a great sci-fi read. He's my favorite author.
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on October 29, 2015
A fun read.
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on October 28, 2015
Great reading
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on October 8, 2015
Early works of the Grand Master good and great story line.
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