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To list Isaac Asimov's honors, as to list his books, would be excessive. Let it simply be noted that Isaac Asimov was the most famous, most honored, most widely read, and most beloved science fiction author of all time. In his five decades as an author, he wrote more than four hundred books, won every award his readers and colleagues could contrive to give him, and provided pleasure and insight to millions. He died in 1992, still at work.
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Product Details

  • Mass Market Paperback: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Bantam; Reissue edition (July 1, 1988)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0553275720
  • ISBN-13: 978-0553275728
  • Product Dimensions: 4.2 x 0.6 x 6.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.1 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (64 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #42,310 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Edward J. Cunningham on January 15, 2000
Format: Mass Market Paperback
When I was in junior high school, I stumbled upon this book in the library. Since I loved the movie when I first saw it on TV, I eagerly checked this book out. As it turned out, "Fantastic Voyage" was a book I usually checked out repeatedly. Years later, I rented the movie again years with the book fresh in my mind, and I realized that Isaac Asimov's version was much better than the Richard Fleischer film. The characters are more interesting and complex on paper than they were in the film. Robert Boyd is extremely bland and boring, and it's painfully obvious Donald Pleasance is the villain. Asimov makes Boyd's character charming and resourceful, and Pleasance's character is very interesting. (In fact, his motives in the book are much different than in the film.)
Another thing that Asimov does is try to make the plotline a little bit more scientifically realistic. In the movie, the crew simply suck in air from an alveolus in the lungs when their oxygen tanks are depleted. In the book, Asimov has the crew MINIATURIZE the air so that it can go through their tube faster.
Personally, I think this is a great book. But if any sci-fi fans are disappointed in this, so was Asimov. He didn't like the idea that he was adapting someone else's work, so in 1987 he wrote an original novel called "Fantastic Voyage II: Destination Brain." (The title is misleading, since it isn't a sequel.) People who do not like this book are advised to read the other one...
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By A Customer on July 31, 2000
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The book "Fantastic Voyage", by science fiction writer Isaac Asimov, is one of the greatest sci-fi books I have ever read. The book is about five people, who are shrunk down to miniature size and injected into a man's body to destroy a blood clot. If they fail, the man will die and the Americans will lose all of the information he can tell them to win a war they are fighting. It described the exact situation of the main characters in wondrous imagery. It was told in third person omniscient point of view, and described, in incredible beauty, the feelings of every character. I also enjoyed the feeling of suspense that Asimov projects by causing several problems to fall upon the characters, rerouting the course of their sub several times. I think anyone who enjoys books about the future, government, anatomy, and sci-fi in general will love this book, which ought to be a classic.
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Fantastic Voyage is really a fantastic voyage. The book starts with a mysterious man on a plasma plane, heading towards some secret destination. Then General Carter and Colonel Reid is introduced. They are the directors of a mission, to welcome a man of great importance. Then Dr. Michaels and Dr. Duval and his assistant Mrs. Cora Peterson is introduced as high, professional doctors. Then the book talks about Charles Grant, an old friend of this mysterious important person. As the scene turns to the airport, Captain Owens is introduced as another good friend of this mysterious person. Finally, the plasma plane lands and the important person, now called Benes, greets Captain Owens. They go into a limousine headed towards headquarters but on the way, a kamikaze car slams into the limousine and injures Benes. There is a blood clot forming in his brain and surgery is impossible to perform because the clot is inside the brain. Therefore, the only way to help Benes is to go into his body using a miniatuized submarine. A crew is chosen, Dr. Michaels, Dr. Duval, Cora Peterson, Capt. Owens, and Grant to get into Bene's bloodstream to the clot to destroy it. Along the way, a series of misfortunes happen and a enemy agent is suspected. First, a mishandled laser gun, then, the air tank leaks, afterwards, many close to death encounters. However, inside the submarine Proteus, relationships develop and new characteristics about each person is discovered. Finally, the mission is a success and Benes is saved.
I was first given the book by my English teacher as a book project. She wanted us to read the book, write questions about the book, find significant paragraphs in the book, locate new and difficult words, and illustrate interesting parts of the book as our book project.
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Fantastic Voyage (1966) is the novelization of a pre-existing screenplay by Isaac Asimov that was released a few months before the movie to generate publicity. The story concerns a group of five people who are shrunk to microscopic size and injected into the body of a comatose scientist, where they must work against the clock to get rid of a clot in his brain. The fate of the world may be riding on it. Complicating things is the possible presence of an enemy agent in the group who is working to sabotage the mission.

The situation is rather contrived (not Asimov’s fault) and the characters pretty one-dimensional (partly his fault) but the story is an exciting one nevertheless as a variety of obstacles confront the group. Are they merely happenstance or deliberately caused by a saboteur? Asimov also improves the narrative by adding an impressive but not overbearing amount of scientific detail about the body and even about the mechanics of shrinking people and objects to the size of a microbe. This immensely helps the suspension of disbelief.

Asimov also made the wise decision to show the story primarily from the point of view of the one non-technical member of the crew, He is the lay reader’s stand-in and also gives the other crew members a plausible reason for constantly explaining what’s happening. Plus, his attraction to the female member of the crew gives the story a human element, even if it’s pretty hackneyed.

I did think Asimov (or the screenwriters) stepped a bit over the line in upping the drama and danger at the end, to the point where the climax comes off as just a bit too neat and artificial.

However, Fantastic Voyage is still a very enjoyable read even nearly 50 years after it was first published.
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