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Isaac Asimov
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Fantastic Voyage

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Four men and a woman are reduced to a microscopic fraction of their original size, sent in a miniaturized atomic sub through a dying man's carotid artery to destroy a blood clot in his brain. If they fail, the entire world will be doomed. Reissue.
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Published 2007 (first published 1966)
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Apr 14, 2010 Manny rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: science-fiction
You know those tedious shows where they tell you to imagine you've been sent to a desert island, and what will you bring with you? For example, which book? As it happens, I have direct information to supply here. When I was about 9, we went off on an extended visit to Italy. My mother is Italian, but, for various complicated reasons, I have never learned to speak the language, even though it would probably have been the easiest thing in the world. So, I was already a book addict, and I was going ...more
Ahmad Sharabiani
Fantastic Voyage, Isaac Asimov
کتاب با عنوان «سفر معجزه آسا» نیز با ترجمه شاهرخ وزیری توسط نشر ونداد در سال 1363 منتشر شده
عنوان: سفر شگفت انگیز؛ نویسنده: آیزاک آسیموف؛ مترجم: احمد اخوت؛ تهران، نشر شقایق، 1368؛ در 386 ص؛ چاپ دیگر 1371؛ و ...؛
سفر شگفتانگیز در واقع فیلمنامه ی یک فیلم علمیتخیلی نوشتهی هری کلاینر است به نام بنتام. انتشارات حق تبدیل فیلمنامه به یک رمان علمیتخیلی را خریداری و از آیزاک آسیموف درخواست میکند تا از روی آن رمانی بنویسد. از آنجایی که این رمان شش ماه پیش از پخش عمومی فیلم من
Jul 22, 2016 Veronica rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: science-fiction
I actually ended up liking this more than I thought I would. The book sometimes feels its age with its Cold War undertones and occasionally clumsy dialogue but, nevertheless, I was genuinely caught up in the misadventures of the Proteus crew as they journeyed into the human body.
Aug 28, 2012 Bev rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: science-fiction
Fantastic Voyage by Isaac Asimov was actually a re-read for me. But it has been many moons since I was in my hard-core science fiction phase (like 30 years or so) and so I couldn't resist adding this one to the list when I saw that it would fit into the Birth Year Challenge that I'm doing.

Fantastic Voyage is not an original Asimov story. That tells--just a bit. It is a novelization of the movie and it involves the minaturization of a crew of scientists and doctors in an atomic sub who are then i
King Ævil
Isaac Asimov agreed to write the novelization of Fantastic Voyage on the condition that he be allowed to make it as scientifically accurate as possible. He successfully achieves this, while preserving—nay, magnifying—the sexual tension between our hero, Hunk Heartthrob, and the Frigid Highly Professional but Properly Subordinate Beautiful Assistant to the Temperamental Genius. Moreover, Dr. Asimov sews up several glaring plot holes and answers many of the crucial questions the movie leaves open, ...more
Jun 01, 2015 Brady rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: speculative
You don't have to prove anything to me, Asimov. I'm willing to give authors like you unlimited B.S. license. I can enjoy a well-written, well-structured, well-pondered and absolutely ludicrous sci-fi novel.

But I didn't get that. I got conversations like this:

(Paraphrased, okay, as the Proteus moves through the lungs)

OWENS: Oh crap, we're losing air.

MICHAELS: Did we just kill Benes? I mean, when that air de-miniaturizes there'll be like big boils appearing on his chest and rending his organs...

Wayland Smith
This story is well known, and has been copied/parodied many times on various tv shows and comic books. An interesting trivia fact I didn't know was that the movie is not based on the book. When the movie was coming out, they hired Isaac Asimov to write the novelization. Asimov resisted at first, and then eventually agreed.

The book is set roughly in the cold war. An important defector is badly injured, and they desperately need to save his life. They gamble, shrinking a team and a new ship to go
La novela de una de mis películas favoritas. Se nota que el guión de la peli lo hizo el propio Asimov, son un calco una cosa de la otra. El libro me ha gustado más, es más detallado, sobre todo en los planteamientos científicos y en las descripciones de por donde van pasando en su camino hacia el coágulo en el cerebro de Benes.

Saber lo que va a pasar por haber visto la película le quita parte del intríngulis, pero aún así me ha gustado más que otros libros que he leído.

He descubierto a Asimov ha
Jul 29, 2014 Adelina rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: own
This was the first Asimov book I picked up, and I'm hooked. Writing about science that is known is one thing, but writing about topics that are unknown takes a special talent to make it believable. As the group explores the human body, they see things that have only been hypothesized about. However Asimov still manages to take a neutral side on the unknown.

I actually picked this one up because my family in an effort to stay more connected started our own book club. We chose to read Asimov, but
Andrea Bampi
Asimov non sbaglia mai... ho trascurato colpevolmente questo superclassico della SF per troppi anni ed ora che mi sono deciso a leggerlo (in poche ore peraltro) non posso che ripetere a me stesso ed al mondo che qualsiasi cosa abbia scritto il Maestro, dal più striminzito saggiucolo di 2 pagine al Ciclo della Fondazione, non è MAI tempo sprecato.
A quasi 50 anni di distanza "Viaggio allucinante" è ancora credibilissimo, e con pochi piccoli ritocchi potrebbe essere spacciato ai più giovani come op
Shelby Runnells
This book was good. Not the best Science Fiction read ever though. It was very interesting in some parts but very, very confusing in the beginning. I did like it though.
Jul 20, 2014 Denis rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: hardcover, b-c
This is not truly an Asimov novel -he was talked into novelizing the film script with the lure of an unrefusable offer -this, I believe is according to his autobio "I Asimov". None the less, it is a sort of story that he would have been likely to have written had he thought of it first. The "Good Doctor" was a professor of biochemistry after all. He makes it very clear that the story and novel is seriously flawed -I bet he could easily have written a book about why the "Fantastic Voyage" was utt ...more
Ali Çetinbudaklar
66 yılının en iyi görüntü ve en iyi özel efekt ödüllerini almış olan Fantastic Voyage, sanılanın aksine yazarı Asimov değildir; filmin kurgulayıcıları aslen Harry Kleiner ve David Duncan'dır. Sonradan Bantam Books'sun yayın haklarını alması sebebiyle romanlaştırmasını Asimov'a yaptırır ve filmden 6 ay öncesine rafa hazır hale getirtilinir.

Uzun zaman olmuştu, habire uzaya çıkıyorduk, yeni gezegenler,türler,yaşayış tarzları derken çokça, aslında belli kalıplar dahilinde, birbirinden farklı BK roma
Thanh Ttruong
Oct 11, 2008 Thanh Ttruong rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: my friends
Recommended to Thanh by: me
Well...I just read about 3 chapters on this book, and i think I was totally caught on it. For what I've read so far, this is an unrealistic science-fiction journey into a human brain. Benes, who kept the secret of Uncertainty Principle which may maintain miniaturization process constantly, was seriously injured in an murder attempt of the Other Side. Then, Grant, who flew Benes back home from the the Other Side, must accompany with some other scientists to get inside Benes's brain to rescue him. ...more
Mar 14, 2012 Kelanth rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantascienza
Credo che sia uno dei miei primi libri che ho letto di Asimov, libro del 1966, l'incontro con l'autore che ha plasmato sicuramente la mia mente avida di fantascienza di ragazzino sognatore che aspirava a quel "senso di meraviglioso", che solo la fantascienza classica poteva offrirgli.

Questo per me è una pietra miliare della letteratura di fantascienza e non solo. Perchè Asimov era anche un grande saggista oltre che un bravissimo scrittore di romanzi e in molti punti sembra di leggere un libro di
Daniel Joda
I really liked the last book I read by this author so I was pretty excited to read this one. Fantastic Voyage unfortunately just was not that fantastic. The science part was pretty cool, i.e. the concept of miniaturization and the anatomy & phisiology discussed, but the fiction just wasn't there if you catch my drift. Every character was chiched, "the jock/government agent fearless leader", "the arrogant but brilliant surgeon", "the haggard cigar-smoking commander", "the brilliant but vulner ...more
Jan 26, 2013 James rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
For those who came in late, Fantastic Voyage was a 1960’s science fiction movie about five people in a submarine shrunk to the size of a bacterium and injected into a man’s living body to perform brain surgery from the inside. The operation is dangerous, because objects can only be miniaturized temporarily. The patient, Benes, a scientist and defector from the Other Side, wants to share the secret of miniaturizing objects indefinitely, but the Other Side arranged for his limousine to crash, leav ...more
Holly the Infinite Book Dragon
A crew in a submarine are shrunk, injected into a man's bloodstream because he is dying & they are meant to destroy the blood clot with lasers. Yeah, now that is some old school science fiction!

This is a novelization of the movie, although this was released first. Fantastic Voyage was one of my first science fiction movies that I fell hard for (my first was of course Star Wars when I was seven!) I had such a crush on Raquel Welch. Talk about stunning! I also thought Stephen Boyd was pretty d
Matthew Konkel
The story is truly fantastic. I mean that in the worst way. As in fantastically unrealistic. But it was there on my dad's bookshelf so I figured I'd read it. And Isaac's prose is actually pretty good, the passages about the science of the body and so forth. Which makes sense sense because Asmov is a biochemist afterall. Mostly the book is pretty middle school but it still has some good humor in it too. And the antagonist is a somewhat sophisticated character, not all evil but rather acting under ...more
Mar 11, 2016 Ippino rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantascienza
Delusione. Questo è, in sintesi, il mio stato d'animo al termine della lettura.
La trama era ed è affascinante, ma lo svolgimento è pessimo: i personaggi sono stereotipati e si muovono in un'ambientazione manichea, che risente troppo della visione del mondo degli anni 60.
I dialoghi sono infilati a forza in bocca ai protagonisti, e le nozioni scientifiche sono snocciolate come ad una lezione universitaria.
Tutto questo abbassa notevolmente l'interesse e la scorrevolezza del racconto.
Leggerò il segu
Erik Graff
Sep 12, 2008 Erik Graff rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: fans of the movie
Recommended to Erik by: no one
Shelves: sf
Fantastic Voyage is a novel written by Asimov as a tie-in to the Racquel Welch movie of the same name. I intially read it during a series of visits to a dentist in Elgin as it was serialized in, I think, The Saturday Evening Post. Perhaps I was unable to finish it then because later I purchased this paperback edition.

Although I like Asimov at this time, I disliked this novel, thinking it entirely implausible--which, of course, it was. Only in looking it up today have I learned that the movie wa
Jun 12, 2015 Dennis rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book is what started me down the path of Science Fiction. MAN I loved this book as a kid.
Caiden Wallace
Feb 16, 2016 Caiden Wallace rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book is great. I can definitely see why it's a classic. While it gets confusing at times, along with making you need to look up words from time to time (i.e. platelet), it's definitely a great book. It's got to be one of the most realistic science fiction books I've ever read. It combines great reasoning, along with great logic, and some knowledge on physics and the human anatomy with several great characters, each unique in their own way, twisting and turning it into a great sci-fi adventu ...more
Buena lectura, muy amena, instructiva, llena de aventuras y con una pequeña intriga. Al principio me recordó a las antiguas novelas policiacas que se vendían en los kioscos, y que de chaval devoraba. El protagonista parece sacado de una de esas novelitas: fuerte, musculoso, sin parar de flirtear con la chica atractiva, y que al final resuelve el caso. Aparte de esto (puede que sea un guiño de Asimov a la literatura popular), es tan entretenida y divertida como la película.

Esta vez vi primero la
For those who don’t know, this is actually a book based on a movie and not the other way around. Evidently there was some confusion on this when the book was first published as it came out around 6 months prior to the release of the 1966 movie of the same name. The story itself isn’t as “wowing” as it probably was when it first came out in the 60s, but it is still a well written Asimov work nonetheless.

Fantastic Voyage is set in Cold War America (without specifically calling it that) and tells u
Luca H.
Apr 01, 2016 Luca H. rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Fantastic Voyage is Asimov's 1966 novelization of the movie of the same name, dealing with a squad of scientists and their travels through the body of Dr. Benes to save his life. Using miniaturization technology, the scientists and their "ship" are miniaturized and sent inside Benes' bloodstream to break up a blood clot in his brain, while observing different body functions along the way. I'm a science fiction fan, and while I liked a lot of the action and anatomy in the body, there were points ...more
My first Isaac Asimov book and I really liked it. I read it during my trip through Israel and Jordan. Next one will be about robots. 4 stars.
Apr 06, 2011 Tiffany rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 4-school
Yuck. The author of this book is supposedly one of the best science fiction writers ever. I would hate to read one of the worst. It literally took me 30 minutes to read 20 pages whereas in a book like Harry Potter or the Hunger Games, it would take the same time to read 50 pages! Boring! And like Jenn said, he needs to stop capitalizing "They" and "We." It's really annoying and stupid.
Well... it wasn't as bad as Watership Down...
Jan 19, 2016 Justin rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Fantastic Voyage is a Fantastic Voyage and it almost makes me miss the old Body Wars ride at EPCOT.
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Professor Asimov is generally considered the most prolific writer of all time, having written or edited more than 500 books and an estimated 90,000 letters and postcards. He has works published in nine of the te
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