Fantastic Voyage

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Fantastic Voyage
Fantastic Voyage

What a journey! Especially back in 1966. A journey through the body, through the heart, and onward toward the center of the mind.  Shades of Jules Verne’s Journey to the Center of the Earth (1864), Isaac Asimov’s Fantastic Voyage is just as exciting and adventure-filled if not more so. Indeed, maybe more so with all of the new technological innovation one hundred years later since Verne.

Although Asimov wrote the novel, it was not his idea. FV is a novelization of the 1966 movie. The real credit, which Asimov relates, goes to Otto Klement and his partner Bixby, and to the many technicians and scientists who contributed to/were consulted for the movie idea.

Still, FV  as a novelization is an engaging read that still holds its own to this very day. BTW, so does the movie from which this book emerged.

Besides reading FV, make a point to view the movie, too. If made today FV would have to have a different tone, of course: it would take on frenzy and mayhem, much more than pacing and scientific explanations. I also hope it is not remade  either, or if so, perhaps without Raquel Welch this time – she was not fantastic in the 1966 movie.

Nonetheless, Ike provided an captivating written  version – as always.

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