By L. David Allen
- Pebble within the Sky
- The Stars, Like Dust
- The Currents of Space
- The finish of Eternity
- The Gods Themselves
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It seems probable that, even if the Tyranni had not conquered them, Hinrik and Biron's father may well have worked to establish a more democratic form of government in their spheres of influence; the Tyranni, of course, provided a particular impetus and a highly visible target even though they were not the most restrictive political force portrayed in the novel (the Autarch of Lingane rules far more dictatorially than the Tyranni). This question of the development of political systems, especially since it is pointed out that political maturity had once been reached on Earth before the expansion into space began, is part of a recurring element in Asimov's thinking and writing: the cyclical nature of history.
At this point, the scene shifts to Sark and focuses on Dr. Selim Junz of the Interstellar Spatio-analytic Bureau (ISB), who has spent most of the previous year trying to find a missing Spatio-analyst without success. His efforts with the Sarkite Civil Service, operated by Florinians, have produced only frustration. He has gone to the Trantorian Ambassador on Sark, Ludigan Abel, and gained some assistance, but that has not produced anything until this point. However, by luck, they had requested notification of anyone attempting to use certain basic texts of Spatio-analysis.
By way of contrast, massive prejudice exists throughout the galaxy and Earthmen apparently do not leave the planet in Pebble in the Sky. It cannot be argued that Currents depicts a situation that developed after the events of Pebble, for the evidence in Pebble suggests that the Galactic Empire with its center on Trantor is a completed fact, whereas that Empire is still only an uncompleted dream in Currents. The Empire based on Trantor seems to have been a central concern for Asimov during the period when most of these early novels were written, for the early fifties saw the publication of the Foundation trilogy.
Asimov's Foundation Trilogy and Other Works by L. David Allen