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( Read Ebook ) ò ลาแล้วโลก ì 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 Not only do the Florinians no longer have a concept of freedom, any disruption of the vital kyrt trade would cause other planets to rise in protest, ultimately destabilizing trade and resulting in a galactic war So the Trantorian Empire, whose grand plan is to unite all humanity in peace, prosperity, and freedom, has stood aside and allowed the oppression to continue 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 Guide des index glycémiques IG et valeurs nutritionnelles : Charge glycémique, calories, graisses, fibres the Squires of Sark live in unimaginable wealth and comfort Down in the eternal spring of the planet Tentacle Monsters and the Virgin (Adventures of Suzie and the Alien, however Return of Shander the native Florinians labor ceaselessly to produce the precious kyrt that brings prosperity to their Sarkite masters Rebellion is unthinkable and impossible Not only do the Florinians no longer have a concept of freedom Giap any disruption of the vital kyrt trade would cause other planets to rise in protest Sexpectations ultimately destabilizing trade and resulting in a galactic war So the Trantorian Empire Sugar Moon whose grand plan is to unite all humanity in peace The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse prosperity Tales from Moominvalley (The Moomins, and freedom 600 Hours of Edward has stood aside and allowed the oppression to continue Living among the workers of Florinia Umřel jsem v sobotu 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 Homo sapienne Rik is widely regarded as a simpleton by the worker community where he lives But as his memories begin to return Plus 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 Dago Ristampa n. 21 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 About 20 pages into the book, I was prepared for disappointment An amnesiac protagonist who slowly recalls his past memories to help the plot progress, huh Most of these kinds of stories are unconvincing because it would makesense for the antagonist to have killed the protagonist from the start instead of merely wiping his memory Galaxy, and here I was thinking Asimov usually stuck to hard science instead of narrative convenience Of course, this book is an early example of an amnesiac About 20 pages into the book, I was prepared for disappointment An amnesiac protagonist who slowly recalls his past memories to help the plot progress, huh Most of these kinds of stories are unconvincing because it would makesense for the antagonist to have killed the protagonist from the start instead of merely wiping his memory Galaxy, and here I was thinking Asimov usually stuck to hard science instead of narrative convenience Of course, this book is an early example of an amnesiac protagonist, so I couldn t fault Asimov for doing something that was muchoriginal at the time the book was written Nonetheless, I was expecting it to be a bit of a bore.In the end, the book ends up telling a riveting story of interplanetary power politics where each character and each group have convincing motives for acting as they do There are also multiple convincing explanations for why the main character merely had his memory wiped, and wasn t just killed outright The final explanation is indeed completely convincing.The hard science fiction aspect of this novel is revealed at the very end in about two pages of expositional dialogue normally Asimov s plots revolve around the science, but not so here This book reads muchlike a political thriller.Something that strikes me about this novel is its astute social awareness, particularly given it was written in the early 1950s The early, pre Foundation colonial days of Asimov s expanding human space explorers Trantor, Sark, and Florina, with the Sarkites exploiting Florina for resources known as kyrt in the novel only available there, play out similar to how historically, various Earth nations have exploited other people for resources and how deeply it ingrained racism in the culture The Currents of Space is technically in the middle of the Galactic Empire series, which is technically connected to Asimov s Foundation series I say technically because The Currents of Space has virtually nothing to do with the previous Galactic Empire book, The Stars, Like Dust, and doesn t seem to have much, if anything, to do with the robot books that were set even earlier It slike these Galactic Empire books are serving as snapshots, showing the reader how Trantor grew as an empire w The Currents of Space is technically in the middle of the Galactic Empire series, which is technically connected to Asimov s Foundation series I say technically because The Currents of Space has virtually nothing to do with the previous Galactic Empire book, The Stars, Like Dust, and doesn t seem to have much, if anything, to do with the robot books that were set even earlier It slike these Galactic Empire books are serving as snapshots, showing the reader how Trantor grew as an empire without walking us through history step by step Ok, so maybe it isn t essential, and you probably don t have to read it before you hit the Foundation books But it s a great little book anyways.I like Asimov s brand of science fiction mysteries, even if this one seemed rather less of a challenge to solve than the ones in the robot books But that s fine, because the mystery isn t the star here It s the setting, and how Asimov shows a colonial, inherently racist society in a way that would have been uncomfortably familiar to the readers of 1952 and, sadly, later while still ringing true as a far future society I think that s why this book doesn t feel like it s 60 years old, except in a very few, small ways It s one of those books that holds a mirror up to society, and it does it with a minimum of preaching.There s a very good chance that if I weren t sadly completionist, I would have skipped the Galactic Empire series altogether That might not have been a bad thing with The Stars, Like Dust But I m glad I didn t miss this one No real spoilers, so please do read I thoroughly enjoyed this book Asimov, an absolute science fiction great, is genius in his ability to remain timely with The Currents of Space, nearly 60 years after it was published He has successfully woven a comprehensive and complex tale that weaves a valid story that features so many aspects such as politics, race and class, economics, love and loyalty, psychology, and good ole basic human weakness You d think that with all of that, The Currents of No real spoilers, so please do read I thoroughly enjoyed this book Asimov, an absolute science fiction great, is genius in his ability to remain timely with The Currents of Space, nearly 60 years after it was published He has successfully woven a comprehensive and complex tale that weaves a valid story that features so many aspects such as politics, race and class, economics, love and loyalty, psychology, and good ole basic human weakness You d think that with all of that, The Currents of Space would be a heavy read Surprising it isn t, another testament to Asimov s writing prowess.I recommend it to anyone to read, including teens and adults If my ten year old could handle the political stuff, I d give it to her to read too.The Currents of Space was published in 1952 This is the most astonishing point to me, as some of the insights into racial cultural class issues are ahead of their time, written with an understanding that comes from someone who might never have had to suffer the injustices he writes about with such fluency and sympathetic understanding Florina is a planet renown for growing kryt, a product used to make clothing that only the most privileged can afford to wear The native Florinians, fair skinned and typically blond and blue eyed are the slave labor used to produce kyrt The Florinians are considered stupid and child like The Sarks, a ruling class that originates from the planet of Sark and has colonized Florina, benefits most from the production of kyrt Kryt cannot be successfully grown on any other planet, for reasons we don t learn until the end of the novel, hence making it an evenvaluable commodity.The distinct parallels between our regrettable history of slavery, racism, and classism and the lives of those in this book is significant Kyrt cotton Florinians Africans Sarks the wealthy None of this however, is astonishing The elements which captured and surprised me were Asimov s insights into real human motivations, and how he was able to use this insight to create believable sympathetic characterson both side of the divide Actually, I should say on all sides of every division As in real life, there really is no black and white, but instead multiple shades of gray.The Currents of Space ends in that ever gray area, which is muchakin to real life In other words, while there may be some elements of redemption, there are no true winners and everyone loses something Nevertheless, the conclusion was a satisfying one.When I took a political science course in college many years ago, I had to read Orwell s Animal Farm While an interesting read, I think that this book would have been even better as a unique fictional entre into the world of politics and issues of class and race It would have been a tadrelatable in any case as here, we are dealing with actual human beings.I didn t know, until I started writing this review that The Currents of Space is actually the second book in a trilogy called The Galactic Empire series The preceding book is called The Stars, Like Dust, and the succeeding book is called Pebble in the Sky I ll have to dig up the other two and get to reading those as well.There is only one other science fiction book that I have read, with similar elements, that I liked as much, actually better, and that would be Robert Heinlein s, The Moon is a Harsh Mistress.I give this one 5 stars So he s lost his memory, but he s sure there s some terribly important thing he knew that he just has to tell people And as his mind starts coming back, he finds that the black hats are chasing him and want to make sure they can shut his mouth permanently before heI know It s been done so many times that I m sure you lost count years ago I certainly have But here s one detail I really liked The aforementioned black hats are close behind him, he s in this deserted park, and he runs into t So he s lost his memory, but he s sure there s some terribly important thing he knew that he just has to tell people And as his mind starts coming back, he finds that the black hats are chasing him and want to make sure they can shut his mouth permanently before heI know It s been done so many times that I m sure you lost count years ago I certainly have But here s one detail I really liked The aforementioned black hats are close behind him, he s in this deserted park, and he runs into this guy He whips out his blaster, kills him, swaps clothes, then quickly vaporises the remains.So he escapes, fully recovers his memories, gets the message to the right place and saves the world And then someone says, remember the guy you killed in the park when you were on the run Um, yes, he says uneasily.Well, they continue, he was on his way to meet his wife They first met at that exact spot, and every year they met there again on their anniversary But now he won t be meeting her any.Even though the end justifies the means a million times over, he s absolutely stricken by the realisation of what he s done and spends the rest of his life trying to make amends Austin Powers did this idea too in a comic version, but Asimov was first and I thought his treatment was at least as good