Classic science fiction adventure in the Foundation universe by grandmaster Isaac Asimov. Only one man can warn the planet Florinia that it is doomed by an astronomical catastrophe -- but he has amnesia and is a slave.
High above 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, resulting in a galactic war. So the Trantorian Empire, whose grand plan is to unite all humanity in peace, prosperity, and freedom, has 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. As his memories begin to return, however, 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 there are those who would kill the messenger. The fate of the Galaxy hangs in the balance.
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Currents of space
This is the first time for me to read this book by Isaac Asimov. I really enjoyed reading it, and really you should to. I like the way the author writes. The man has a sharp mind to be able to write the stories the way he does. WOW. I'll read it again.
An engaging thriller
This tale of political intrigue and adventure is akin to "The Bourne Identity" in some ways, as the plot is driven by artificially induced amnesia. We don't know what the main character has locked in his mind that was dangerous enough to wipe out his memory. But over the course of the story we are swept along in a mystery whodunit that constantly takes unexpected turns.
It's no surprise that Asimov also wrote mysteries - this is part adventure, and part murder mystery along the lines of Agatha Christie - except the murder is of a man's identity using a terrifying devce.