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Fantastic Voyage II: Destination Brain

3.55  ·  Rating details ·  2,005 ratings  ·  70 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 11, 2011 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 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.
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...
Owlseyes on notre dame, it's so strange a 15-hour blaze and...
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.
James
Jan 18, 2019 rated it liked it
Basically a copy of the original story but without as much drama or action. Ottawa & McGill mentioned.
Life is one thing—we all lose it sooner or later. Sanity is quite another. Telepathy involved.
Steve R
An interesting 1987 effort to analyze Soviet-American relations, just prior to the 1990 collapse of the Soviet Union. A Soviet scientist would appear to have unlocked the problem of miniaturization: reducing human beings to the size of an atom, but he now lies in a coma. An American scientist is contacted, and along with some Soviet colleagues, they undergo such a miniaturization operation in order to enter into the brain of their comatose Soviet counterpart. Not remembered, but the premise soun ...more
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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Mark
May 20, 2012 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
Rich Meyer
Aug 02, 2015 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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Dennis
Apr 09, 2010 is currently reading it
Recommended to Dennis by: elderdad@gmail.com
My first book by Asimov. I will probably read more
Mark Oppenlander
Feb 16, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: science-fiction
This is not a sequel to Asimov's earlier book, Fantastic Voyage, but rather a re-imagining of that tale. In the first novel, Asimov was constrained by the film script which he was adapting, and he was never entirely happy with the final result. So rather than Fantastic Voyage II, think of this as "Fantastic Voyage 2.0" instead.

Set in a near future where the Cold War has ended, but a rivalry between the US and Soviet Union still exists, the story follows an American scientist, Dr. Albert Morrison
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Daniel Kukwa
This is Isaac Asimov's personal re-boot of "Fantastic Voyage" -- his attempt to make a more scientifically accurate story, at his own pace. In that respect he succeeds, but he gets far too caught up in the science, and ignores the human adventure on more than a few occasions. He also has a tendency to stretch out the story, to the point where the reader wants to shout, Monty Python style, "GET ON WITH IT!" That said, he ability to create characters is superb, and when he does pay attention to th ...more
David Duran
Considero que esta novela no está a la altura de la mayoría de obras de Asimov. Aunque tiene el característico análisis científico del autor, durante todo el libro, falta el ingrediente más relevante de Isaac Asimov: sus grandes ideas.

A diferencia del primer libro, el cual era una obra adaptada del cine, éste ha sido fruto de la total libertad artística del autor. Y a mi pesar, me gustó bastante más "Viaje alucinante I". Se notaba mucha más pasión en esa novela.

Sin embargo, el que el autor nos t
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Skyler Peterson
Oct 15, 2017 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: Fans of SF
I read both Fantastic Voyage novels. They are pretty good, but I don't really think one is better than the other. In a lot of ways it was like reading the same book twice. The plot outside the body is a bit sub-par and unnecessary, but the character interactions inside the body is what these books are all about in my opinion. Fantastic Voyage is a good story and pop culture has managed to recycle the materials over-and-over. I would not suggest this as a first read in the world of Asimov though, ...more
Jeremy Crosmer
Aug 21, 2017 rated it did not like it
Very unoriginal. I love Asimov, but this book spends far too much time having the main character complain about not understanding what's going on. It drags its feet for far too long, and nothing good happens for at least the first third. You don't even enjoy the characters... it's almost like they're simply stock characters. Very poor, especially for Asimov
Joe Santoli
Oct 13, 2017 rated it liked it
Pretty enjoyable story. Man is captured and taken into a lab where they try to miniaturize him into one of their scientists who is in a coma. They have some success, but the protagonist believes he has stumbled upon something greater. A good read, not great, but fairly good.
Felipe Guerrero
Nov 30, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Infinitamente superior al primer libro y ni que decir a la película.

Un fascinante viaje y una no menos fascinante historia de espías con un final magnifico.
Brandon Salmeron
Sep 14, 2018 rated it it was amazing
The last sentence was the best!
Xabi1990
7/10
Aunque Asimov nunca defrauda no recomendaría yo este libro de entre su extensísima biblioteca, no.

Hay pelis, tampoco maravillosas pero siempre con ideas sorprendentes
Stifynsemons
Oct 25, 2017 rated it it was ok
Shelves: sci-fi
characters--, plot-, description+, twist+
Nichole
Sep 19, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This is my favorite book of all time.
Angela
Jun 24, 2008 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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FP
Dec 09, 2016 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Después de escribir la novelización de la película Viaje Alucinante -un grupo de científicos que se encoge para entrar al interior del cuerpo de otro científico para salvarle de un coágulo cerebral-, Asimov quedó disconforme tanto por lo restrictivo que es el concepto de una novelización como por la ciencia inventada. De ahí el origen de esta novela: reescribir lo que alguna vez escribió de forma más científicamente realista (hasta donde puede ser realista una historia de gente encogiéndose).
El
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Duncan
May 23, 2014 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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⚔️Kelanth⚔️
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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Ippino
Mar 11, 2016 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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Octavia Cade
Mar 05, 2016 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 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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Nonethousand Oberrhein
To the brain and back again
Not at all happy about the novel/screenplay written for the movie Fantastic Voyage, Asimov reinterprets the subject of a miniaturized human-manned expedition inside the human body, adding some of the “realistic” details that he found missing in the first work. The adventure will not suffer from the newly added details, on the contrary: as the author decides to acknowledge the previous work, self-mockery based comedy will ensue, giving the reader an honest fun ride!
Matthew O'loughlin
Nov 14, 2014 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.
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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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