July 1, 2024

Fantastic Voyage II: Destination Brain by Isaac Asimov

The novel “Fantastic Voyage II: Destination Brain” by Isaac Asimov was published for the first time in 1987.

Albert Morrison is a neurophysicist who is developing theories considered decidedly unorthodox by his colleagues, and that’s at the best of times. When Natalya Boranova, a Soviet scientist, approaches him at a conference to propose that he participate in a miniaturization experiment that requires his skills, he declines her invitation.

To his surprise, Morrison is approached by an American secret agent who suggests he accept Boranova’s invitation to find out if the Soviets have truly developed miniaturization technology. He refuses but is kidnapped by Soviet agents and transported to the USSR, where he’s pressured to participate in an experiment aimed at entering the brain of Pyotr Leonovich Shapirov, a scientist in a coma, to literally try to read his thoughts.