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Fantastic Voyage II: Destination Brain

3.51 of 5 stars 3.51  ·  rating details  ·  1,375 ratings  ·  37 reviews
Deep within Russia, would-renowned scientist Pyotor Shapirov lies in a coma. Locked within his brain rests the key to the greatest scientific advance in the world's history. Only one scientist can hope to locate this secret—Dr. Albert Jonas Morrison, an American. Morrison's mission: to be miniaturized to molecular size along with a team of four Soviet scientists, travel in ...more
Mass Market Paperback, 385 pages
Published July 1st 1988 by Spectra (first published January 1st 1979)
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Isaac Asimov once wrote a rather good science fiction adventure novel where five scientists and their submarine are shrunk to the size of a microbe and injected into the body of a comatose scientist. This is not that novel.

I am, of course, talking about his novelization of the movie script for Fantastic Voyage, which he was never quite happy with as it wasn't his own book. Instead, this is the novel he wrote 20 years later, with the same basic premise. Unfortunately, it's more than twice as long
The world-famous science-fiction novel has come down with an acute case of sequelitis, which has left it in a brain-dead vegetative state. They send in a microminiaturized team of script-writers to try and operate, but it's hopeless, and the patient dies on the table. The end.
In his introduction to Fantastic Voyage II: Destination Brain, Issac Asimov tells us that he wasn't satisfied with his novelization of Fantastic Voyage and that this novel is an attempt to correct some things he didn't like about the first novel.

The result is this book which is less a sequel to the original and more a re-telling of the original story and concept. Asimov tries his hardest to make the concept of miniaturization more scientifically plausible, but it's at the the cost of making the
Not a sequel, but a retelling. Unhappy with his original novelisation of the movie, Asimov decided to take the idea back to the drawing board and write his version of the story. While book doesn't have Raquel Welch, nor Innerspace's Meg Ryan, it does have a whole new cast. Not quite the pace or excitement of the film, the suspicion is that Asimov was too keen to prove that he could write the story without the perceived issues with the first one...
Just suppose a patient with a problem inside the brain; what if miniaturization allowed a team of scientists to travel in a sort of submarine to the damaged area? a journey via blood sounds like Nanotech,...and the book showed up back in 1987.
Asimov's second foray into miniaturization in a self-proclaimed attempt to satisfy himself by writing a better version than the one based on the original screenplay. In many ways, he succeeded. Set in the middle of the 21st century, it is nevertheless a bit dated by virtue of his use of the Soviet Union as the foil to the United States. Such books are interesting in their revelation of how we believed the Soviet Union would never collapse and would continue to be an enemy of sorts. Asimov, howev ...more
Asimov was an excellent writer, and this book proves it beyond the shadow of a doubt. Albert Morrisons adventure begins when he is approached at a conference by first, an agent of the Soviet Union and then by an agent of the U.S. government, both wanting him to go to Russia to help the Soviets.
Though this book deals with the dead Soviet Union, lessons in morality, courage, and the Russian mindset still apply today. Morrison, a discredited neurophysicist, is of course, kidnapped and taken to Mal
Matteo Pellegrini

Come nel famoso Viaggio Allucinante, il romanzo e il film che descrivono il viaggio di un sottomarino miniaturizzato all'interno del corpo umano, anche questo inatteso seguito di Isaac Asimov ci porta di fronte a un problema quasi impossibile non solo per la fisica, ma anche per la biologia. Viaggiare nell'infinitamente piccolo che costituisce l'organismo dell'uomo e avvicinarsi addirittura al suo cervello sembra un'impresa assurda: ma Asimov vi si è cimentato ancora una volta con un gusto del p

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My first book by Asimov. I will probably read more
Kelanth, numquam risit ubi dracones vivunt
Grandioso seguito di "Viaggio allucinante", qui un Asimov senza i confini che gli erano stati imposti sulla lavorazione del sopra citato per via della sceneggiatura del film già in lavorazione, ne esce un libro molto più coinvolgente e meglio strutturato probabilmente.

Personalmente amo il "buon Dottore" in ogni sua forma e questo probabilmente pregiudica il mio spirito critico ma la sua capacità di raccontare la fantascienza in termini semplici e tuttavia credibili, è talmente disarmante che non
This was an interesting read. The thought of humans being able to shrink to fit inside another human is quite intriguing. I found it especially so just with the minimal knowledge of Biology that I could recall.

The premise of the book is that an American scientist is taken to the Soviet Union (the book was written well before the thought of the Soviet Union disbanding ever occurred) to help a team of Soviet scientists perfect their miniaturization project. They need the American because he has b
Matthew O'loughlin
This was my first full-length Asimov book (having read a dozen or so of his short stories) and I was pleasantly surprised that the quality I came to expect of his short stories was very much present here as well. It's a thrilling story, and the scientific accuracy of his writing remains remarkably true even after nearly three decades. Much like 'The Last Question', the conclusion of the book was immensely satisfying and memorable.
Otis Campbell
Out of failure be a man's ambition anyway
Striving for the future just existing day to day
I can't escape the truth inside this boxcar of the shell
But at least I'm not reminded of the time I spent in hell
Destination anywhere...
This is the first Asimov novel I ever read. I was around 13 and it turned me into sci-fi. I have a very fond memory of this book.
Robert Serrano
don't judge Asimov just for the Fantastic Voyage books, they are clearly not his best works.
William Hill
Couldn't finish. That comment and two star rating is probably not fair. But - If you have seen the movie or read the book - Fantastic Voyage - then this is a study in redundancy. Why bother? Much the same as the first voyage except a different setting and slightly different motive for rocketing into the human body. And- - - no Raquel Welch as in the movie (darn it).
El libro MÁS DENSO que el leído del Sr. Asimov (que su lectura nunca es moco de pavo).
No lo recomiendo para alguien que quiera iniciarse con el autor, porqué probablemente lo destetaría ( y por un libro no hay que juzgarlo) por su complejidad.
Sin embargo, si habéis leído parte de su obra, y os gusta especialmente los tecnicismos médicos, es vuestra obra.
A mi me gustó, pero a veces se hacía pelín pesado con tanta explicación. Cualquier día lo vuelvo a releer.
Marcus Vinicius Medeiros
Not really a sequel, but another original novel with the same plot as the original, Fantastic Voyage 2 - Destination Brain is one of the best science fiction books Ive ever read by the great Isaac Asimov. The science is always acurate, with suspense and a romantic subplot, Cold War intrigue and lots of fun. If youre a fan of the genre or the author, read this! ...more
Insoddisfatto del risultato ottenuto con "Viaggio Allucinante" (basato sulla sceneggiatura dell'omonimo libro), Asimov decise di scrivere un nuovo romanzo partendo dagli stessi presupposti: la miniaturizzazione di un equipaggio in missione all'interno del corpo umano.Un'ipotesi affascinante per un romanzo sicuramente secondario.
I probably read this originally 25 years ago, when the U.S./Soviet tension would not have been anachronistic. A mental search and replace of "Soviet Union" with "China" makes more sense today.
And the treatment of telepathy seems a bit dated as well -- there are no concerns expressed about privacy.
In the preface Asimov complains that the first Fantastic Voyage was not really "his book" b/c it was basically just a story written based on a movie that he had nothing to do with. This book, he claims, is all his idea and his creation. So far I am just in the "setup" portion of the story.
Frank Thompson
It was a very interesting story with enough technical jargon to keep me interested. Reminded me of The Variable Man.
Mark Lacy
disappointing; perhaps more realistic in ways than first book, but still outlandish in other ways; characters were all flat, one-dimensional; main character was a wimp
Cory Hughart
Hm. This book was at once intriguing and boring. It's a difficult balance to strike. It's a classic Asimov, with loads of long and somewhat unrealistic dialog and lots of setup for the characteristic twist at the end.
Ashutosh Joshi
Not as great as the other work by Asimov but really well versed and he makes it look like a possibility than sci-fi fiction. Could have been more adventurous and added more twists to the tale.
Thom Dunn
For the sake of an adventure story, Asimov finds a way around Planck's constant, taking us back to journey through the human bloodstream.
Most excellent. I liked this better than the first one and so did Asimov. Better character development and better twists.
I've read so much Asimov in my life, I'm used to the ups and downs, this is a bit of a down. Loved the biochemistry parts.
Unfettered by the need to adapt a movie screenplay, Asimov does an excellent job crafting this story.
Much better than the first one as he puts science back into the science fiction.
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Isaac Asimov was a Russian-born, American author, a professor of biochemistry, and a highly successful writer, best known for his works of science fiction and for his popular science books.

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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