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Fantastic Voyage

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3.91  ·  Rating details ·  24,685 ratings  ·  460 reviews
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.
Paperback, 208 pages
Published July 1st 1988 by Bantam (first published October 1966)
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Apr 12, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Don’t blame ME for my gushing Five Stars. They come from my sixteen-year-old self!

Yeah, you got THAT right. I had a rather sequestered childhood - just me and my Books and my Beatles. And Mom and Dad and Sis and Bro.

Sure, I dated... but my intense shyness obviated anything serious developing.

And besides, it was only a mere three years earlier that Time Magazine had shocked us sleepers by trumpeting something called the Sexual Revolution!

You know, Kids, in 1966 the world was still half-asleep
Dec 01, 2008 rated it really liked it
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
Fantastic Voyage is a 1966 American science fiction film directed by Richard Fleischer and written by Harry Kleiner. Bantam Books obtained the rights for a paperback novelization based on the screenplay and approached Isaac Asimov to write it. Because the novelization was released six months before the movie, many people mistakenly believed the film was based on Asimov's book.
Four men and one woman reduced to a microscopic fraction of their original size, boarding
Jul 22, 2016 rated it really liked it
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.
Mar 05, 2011 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
Mar 19, 2011 rated it liked it
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 10, 2019 rated it liked it
Using shrinking technology, a submarine is reduced to microscopic size in order to repair damage in a scientist's brain (and save the world). They encounter a whole array of obstacles related to their size.

A nice idea, in some cases silly dialog and events.

Some of the technology is very old fashioned in modern eyes.

After reading the book, I found out that it was based on a Movie by the same name. Asimov was only asked to Novelize the screenplay.

Needed a sci fi book for summer reading program. Caught my eye on shelf. I must have seen this movie half dozen times on tv on the Saturday afternoon matinee. It read exactly like the movie as book was written after as tie in to original story and movie, from what I understand. The library copy was even an original old hardcover.
Varun Singla
Jul 31, 2020 rated it liked it
Compared to his other works, this one seems a little less impressive. Further, on occasions, I had a hard time visualising stuff. Perhaps students of medical science (or those who remember well the biology lessons of school!) will enjoy it more.
Feb 26, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: science-fiction
The best female character Asimov drew was Raquel Welch, and that solely was in the movie version. Admittedly, "The Gods Themselves" is the sole exception: a fully-human Asimov female.
Jul 06, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: b-c, hardcover
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
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
Holly (The Grimdragon)
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 dream
Jul 29, 2014 rated it it was amazing
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
Shelby Runnells
Mar 10, 2015 rated it liked it
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 17, 2019 rated it liked it
So there's been this pattern lately where the library tells me it has a book ready for me, which I apparently reserved at some point, but I have no memory of doing so. Or of the book existing. Or why I wanted to read it. Usually, when I'm trying to remember why I wanted to read a book, I'll check when I added it to my Goodreads to-read list. Did a friend review it shortly before I added it? Has a friend reviewed it and liked it at all? Recently, this process has been failing me. None of my frien ...more
Thanh Ttruong
Sep 03, 2008 rated it really liked it
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
May 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Although the premise is ludicrous, the science, anatomy and physiology is really well done and very interesting from an inside the body perspective. I can’t understate how much I enjoyed the book. It was full of fun action moments and lots of very detailed explanations of what was going on while at that section or tissues the crew of the Proteus. I would absolutely love to see them remake the movie and would hope they stay true to the books source material. This is a great story, especially for ...more
Jul 31, 2019 rated it really liked it
When the fate of the world hinges on one man, and that one man has an inoperable blood clot that may kill him, logically you would put four men and one women in a submarine, shrink them and the sub down to miniscule size, and inject them into the dying man's bloodstream. Their task is to navigate through the body to the location of the blood clot, zap it with a laser, and get out! Actually, this book was written by Isaac Asimov, still one of my favorite authors, but after the movie came out; the ...more
Richard Knight
Dec 07, 2019 rated it really liked it
For a solid 70 pages or so, Fantastic Voyage is super boring. But once the characters actually get inside the body, it's a thrill ride. I haven't seen the movie yet, but given how harrowing Asimov made the inner world seem, I'm doubtful that the film could come even close to exploring the inside of the human body as well as Asimov did. By the way, while Asimov is the writer of the novel, the story is not his, which surprised me. The idea was right up his alley. Anywho, great story once it actual ...more
Ana A
Jun 11, 2017 rated it really liked it
This satisfied the biology nerd in me, and I enjoyed its subtle humor, but some parts felt too contrived for me to give it 5 full stars. (view spoiler) I would still recommend it to other biology nerds, though. ...more
Mary Anne
Jul 01, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fiction, asimov, scifi
"It was the misfortune of the Proteus and her crew to be pioneers into a realm that was literally unknown; surely a fantastic voyage if ever there was one.

"And within that voyage, Grant was now on a fantastic subvoyage of his own; blown through what seemed miles of space within a microscopic air-chamber in the lung of a dying man."
second read - 2 December 2003 - *** I re-read this book because I was on a binge of reading Asimov novels. I found it pretty tame, and the tension felt artificially manufactured for visual effect.

first read - November 1969 - **** In junior high, I did not go to movies. But I read this book, because my friends had seen the movie. I was awed by the idea of miniaturization.
Bhakta Jim
Mar 16, 2017 rated it liked it
Fantastic Voyage is one of the best science fiction movies of the 1960's, even though the science is questionable and there are plot holes you could drive a bus through. The idea of shrinking a submarine small enough to be injected into a man's bloodstream so the team of scientists inside can remove a blood clot with a laser beam had me at hello when I was a kid. I still like the movie, but had never read this book.

This is a novelization, but not the usual kind of novelization. Dr. Asimov was we
Dec 17, 2018 rated it really liked it
Well done book that explored many parts of the human body. The mystery didn't last long but mostly because it was only a one hour voyage.
Daniel Hutt
Jan 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Fun and short!
Dec 03, 2019 marked it as to-read
Is this where all the 90's cartoon episodes about shrinking down and going into someone else's body came from!? I have to read to find out.
Isaac Bouyack
Jan 21, 2020 rated it really liked it
A fantastic voyage indeed. Super imaginative and rather educational.
Andrew Mcnally
May 08, 2020 rated it it was ok
A classic sci-fi story deeply marred by the most obvious movie tropes and robotic dialogue so laughably bad that I became convinced Asimov had never talked to a person before
May 30, 2019 rated it really liked it
Four men and one woman(!) enter a human. Wow!
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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 one of the most prolific writers 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 o

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