Fantastic Voyage II: Destination Brain
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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...more
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!
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 ...more