Doctor Universe by Carl Jacobi
“Doctor Universe” is a science fiction novel written by Carl Jacobi, first published in 1960.
The book follows the story of a young doctor, Robert Morris, who discovers that he has the ability to transfer his consciousness into the bodies of other beings.
The novel begins with Morris working at a hospital in New York City, where he becomes fascinated with a patient who has just undergone a brain transplant. Morris begins to experiment with transferring his consciousness into animals, first with a cat and then with a dog. He soon discovers that he is able to control the animals and experience the world through their senses.
As Morris continues his experiments, he discovers that his abilities go beyond just animals. He is able to transfer his consciousness into the bodies of other humans, and even into extraterrestrial beings. Morris becomes known as Doctor Universe, and his powers make him both feared and revered.
As Morris continues to explore his abilities, he becomes embroiled in a series of dangerous adventures. He must navigate a dangerous criminal underworld, fend off attacks from hostile aliens, and grapple with the moral implications of his powers. Morris also struggles with his own sense of identity, as he becomes more and more detached from his own body and experiences life through the eyes of others.
One of the strengths of “Doctor Universe” is Jacobi’s exploration of the nature of consciousness and identity. Morris’s ability to transfer his consciousness raises profound questions about what it means to be human, and whether our identities are tied to our physical bodies. Jacobi also explores the dangers of power and how it can corrupt even the most well-intentioned individuals.
The novel also features a colorful cast of characters, including a mysterious criminal mastermind, a beautiful alien princess, and a group of devoted followers who worship Doctor Universe as a god. Jacobi’s writing is fast-paced and engaging, with plenty of action and adventure to keep readers engaged.
Another notable aspect of the novel is its prescience in predicting some of the technological advances that would come to define the 21st century. Jacobi imagines a world where brain transplants and consciousness transfer are possible, long before the field of neuroscience had made significant strides in these areas.
Overall, “Doctor Universe” is a fascinating and thought-provoking science fiction novel that explores some of the most profound questions of what it means to be human. Jacobi’s writing is engaging and imaginative, and his exploration of consciousness and identity is both profound and prescient. The novel’s thrilling action and adventure make it a must-read for fans of science fiction and speculative fiction.