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  • Mass Market Paperback: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Bantam; Reissue edition (July 1, 1988)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0553275720
  • ISBN-13: 978-0553275728
  • Product Dimensions: 6.8 x 4.1 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.1 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (55 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #343,817 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Unfortunately, all is not what it seems and a series of accidents seems just a little to coincidental.
J. Straub
The book "Fantastic Voyage", by science fiction writer Isaac Asimov, is one of the greatest sci-fi books I have ever read.
"kevbo-l"
Asimov makes Boyd's character charming and resourceful, and Pleasance's character is very interesting.
Edward J. Cunningham

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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful 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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19 of 22 people found the following review helpful By "kevbo-l" on July 31, 2000
Format: Mass Market Paperback
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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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By David Huang on June 9, 2002
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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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16 of 21 people found the following review helpful By John Domby on July 29, 1999
Format: Hardcover
To what pressure did Asimov bow in writing this book other than his own? And, incidentally, this is no sequel to the first Fantastic Voyage. There is no mention of anything from the first novel here. Asimov's first Fantastic Voyage was not his own: he merely novelized a movie, and was never satisfied with the end result for all of its scientific and otherwise flaws. II is a much better example of Asimovian sicence fiction: totally cerebral, and I like that at the end of the plot, there was no "getting the girl," as one sees all to often, even in Asimov's novels. The victory here involved no sexual liason of any sort-- it was merely that of a scientist having his views validated by grueling experience. There is too strong a tendency in many novels, especially in science fiction novels, to present the attaining of a woman's affections as the "prize" toward which the male hero works and eventually succeeds in getting. Here there is the setup of that, but in the end no actualization. Asimov presents enough scientific notions throughout this book to spin any reader's head, and more than one is are presented a little too didactically. But Asimov could not help it. In the end he was the disseminator of scientific knowledge that earned him the distinction "Great Explainer."
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