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Fantastic Voyage Mass Market Paperback – July 1, 1988
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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...
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.Read more ›
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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The beginning of the book left me confused about what time period the story was set. I know that Asimov later rewrote the book to be all he had originally wanted it to be.Published 5 months ago by Amazon Customer
As always, Asimov can take even a simple plot device (miniaturization) and then flesh it out in a way that is both very scientific but incredibly engaging. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Michael D. Clark
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. Read morePublished 12 months ago by Rich M.
Although it was reasonably entertaining I found this book to be less so than many of Asimov's others. Read morePublished 17 months ago by skeetsmogir
I watched the movie last summer, so I decided to read the book, which I inherited from my High School's library some 13 years ago. Read morePublished 17 months ago by F.J. Hansen