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Fantastic Voyage II: Destination Brain

3.53  ·  Rating Details ·  1,629 Ratings  ·  48 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 August 18th 1987)
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Anders
Aug 15, 2011 Anders rated it did not like it
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
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Manny
Apr 14, 2010 Manny rated it did not like it
Shelves: science-fiction
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.
Michael
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
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James
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...
Rich Meyer
Aug 04, 2015 Rich Meyer rated it did not like it
Shelves: read-in-2015
I know Asimov hated his novelization of the original Fantastic Voyage movie, given the constraints put on him by the studio, but this near-incoherent mess is much, much worse.

The original book at least attempted to make right a few of the plot holes of the movie. This re-imagining of the whole story is disappointing; it's one thing to make sure your science fiction is believable, but when you almost have nothing but scientific exposition to move the story, there's not much fiction to be had. Ad
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Owlseyes
Dec 15, 2015 Owlseyes rated it liked it
Shelves: sci-fi
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 current....it sounds like Nanotech,...and the book showed up back in 1987.

-Vision.
Mark
May 20, 2012 Mark rated it liked it
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
Duncan
May 23, 2014 Duncan rated it it was amazing
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
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Octavia Cade
Mar 05, 2016 Octavia Cade rated it it was ok
Shelves: science-fiction
Interesting enough read, if a little didactic and not to be taken too seriously. Its main problem is the problem of so many other stories where a genius (or multitude thereof, as in this case) is the main character.

The big twist at the end was entirely foreseeable. In fact, when (the lauded even by other characters as the most genius genius ever to stalk the earth) Konev burst into his superior's room near the end of the book, all aflutter at plot and consequence, all I could think was "I figure
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Matteo Pellegrini
Jan 22, 2014 Matteo Pellegrini rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantascienza

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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Dennis
Apr 12, 2010 Dennis is currently reading it
Recommended to Dennis by: elderdad@gmail.com
My first book by Asimov. I will probably read more
Ippino
May 24, 2016 Ippino rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantascienza
Romanzo gradevole, con tutti i pregi e tutti i difetti di Asimov.
Tra i pregi sicuramente c'è la trama, molto più solida e convincente rispetto al predecessore. Personaggi stavolta ben costruiti, con psicologie meno "tagliate con l'accetta".
Tra i difetti, la solita "straripanza scientifica": nella parte centrale del romanzo, quella del "viaggio fantastico" all'interno del corpo umano, il buon Dottore si dilunga spesso e volentieri in spiegazioni fisiche e biologiche, per giustificare questo o que
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Kelanth
Mar 14, 2012 Kelanth rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantascienza, urania
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
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Angela
Jun 27, 2008 Angela rated it liked it
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
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Matthew O'loughlin
Nov 14, 2014 Matthew O'loughlin rated it it was amazing
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.
Olof
Jul 09, 2016 Olof rated it liked it
I like the last line of the book :) But... the ending was a little off. It should have been closer tied to the adventures inside the body. Very cool idea (still!!). And it is high time this is filmed in some fashion. The content really lends itself to strong visuals. I read that the movie from 1966 was used many years for educational purposes.
Gregg Erwin
Jun 25, 2016 Gregg Erwin rated it did not like it
Should be re titled, "Destination: Colon" Asimov claims this is the book he wanted to write ... vs. what publishers / studio forced him to write in the original version. He should listen to his publisher and studio more ... ugghh. Worst Asimov book I've read ... I've loved many of his works.
Penny
Sep 15, 2016 Penny rated it did not like it
Shelves: novels, fictional, sci-fi
While the writing did evoke the drudgery of a long stressful journey, I feel that this book is not my cup of tea. Besides the crew who are constantly engaged in arguing, and the constant menial drama I just could get engaged with the characters.
Brandon
Sep 27, 2016 Brandon rated it liked it
I don't know if I've been spoiled by so much reading or what, but this just didn't have as much power as it used to. There is a sameness to Asimov's characters. The first Fantastic Voyage was somewhat better.
Manon
Jun 19, 2014 Manon rated it it was amazing
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.
Dean
Aug 21, 2015 Dean rated it liked it
An ok book, I'm not sorry I read it but it wasn't all I was hoping for either. Just something to fill the time until the next one peaks my interest.
Robert Serrano
Dec 29, 2014 Robert Serrano rated it liked it
don't judge Asimov just for the Fantastic Voyage books, they are clearly not his best works.
Andrew
Jan 20, 2016 Andrew added it
Wish I remembered more of this, it was a decent book when I read years ago.
Herman G.
Apr 15, 2016 Herman G. rated it it was amazing
Great book if you like both "Science" and [Fiction".
Ronald
May 25, 2016 Ronald rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
read some time in 1988
William Hill
Jan 06, 2014 William Hill rated it it was ok
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).
Monica
Jul 03, 2015 Monica rated it liked it
Shelves: sci-fi
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
Jan 18, 2013 Marcus Vinicius Medeiros rated it it was amazing
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
Aries
Sep 13, 2012 Aries rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
Trish
Mar 24, 2013 Trish rated it it was ok
Shelves: sci-fi
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.
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