Science fiction and fantasy
The Currents of Space
by Isaac Asimov
As some of Rik's memories begin to return he flees life at the kyrt mill with the help of his clingy friend, Valona. But they soon find themselves on the run from the law, and tangled in a complex web of intergalactic political intrigues. Can they uncover the plot against Florina and save its citizens before they get themselves killed?
This is quite a fast-paced thriller which turns out to have far more to do with politics than it does with space. The far future setting provides a colourful backdrop, but this is less about technology or strange new worlds and more about oppression and racism. It's cleverly plotted and the whodunnit element makes for a good puzzle. There's lots to admire in Isaac Asimov's concise style.
However The Currents of Space doesn't break new ground in terms of its concept, even for a book written in the 1950s. The characters slot into their clearly defined roles like pieces on a chess board, but much like those pieces I didn't find myself feeling a great deal for them one way or another. This is the kind of book that's very satisfying for the logical part of your brain, but less so when it comes to its emotional side. Even so it's generally a well written story, and it makes for a diverting read.
1st December 2010
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Review © Ros Jackson
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