The Currents of Space by Isaac Asimov

The Currents of Space by Isaac Asimov

The Currents of Space is a classic science fiction novel by the master Isaac Asimov, who certainly needs no introduction. This book is part of the Galactic Empire series, which shares a universe with the popular Foundation series.

The art, which depicts a Solar-System-sized green head, was created by Allan Mardon, a Canadian artist that studied in Scotland and England. Mardon drew many magazine covers, and his art graced the covers of Time, McCall’s, and Redbook. While he mainly did art for magazines, his work was featured on novels, including the one featured here. Other novels where Mardon’s art can be spotted include Hrolf Kraki’s Saga by Poul Anderson and High Deryni by Katherine Kurtz.

He also did art for the National Basketball Association, and he wrote a book of philosophy called
The Secret to a Happy Life.

The Currents of Space by Isaac Asimov

The book shown above is a 1971 Fawcett Crest paperback reprint — this isn’t the first paperback edition, as some sources incorrectly claim. The first paperback edition was printed in 1953 and has art by Stanley Meltzoff (shown below).

The Currents of Space by Isaac Asimov

First paperback edition image source: Words Envisioned.