Famous First Lines

Arun Jiwa @ 30-07-2008

io9 has posted a piece on some of the most famous opening sentences in SF novels.

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10 Responses to “Famous First Lines”

  1. Andrew S. says:

    I’m surprised there was no mention of the intriguingly sf-nal first line from Chris Priest’s ‘The Inverted World’:

    “I had reached the age of six hundred and fifty miles.”

  2. Edward Willett says:

    Robert J. Sawyer is fond of pointing out that the famous William Gibson line mentioned above has completely reversed its meaning since it was written. Rather than dead channels being gray and full of snow, they are now a beautiful sunny blue.

  3. Paul Raven says:

    A personal favourite has always been the opener from Bruce Sterling’s d

  4. Dan Stocker says:

    Varley’s “Steel Beach” (from memory, w/apologies for mangling):

    “In five years, the penis will be obsolete.”

    BTW, The Inverted World is a under-rated great.

  5. Arun Jiwa says:

    Edward @ 2:

    When I first read Neuromancer, I’d vividly imagined the former image you mentioned as opposed to the blue color.

  6. Edward Willett says:

    Can there be a more famous first line than “In a hole in the ground lived a hobbit”?

    I’m also fond of the first line of C.S. Lewis’s The Voyage of the Dawn Treader: “There was a boy called Eustace Clarence Scrubb, and he almost deserved it.”

  7. m1k3y says:

    Manfred’s on the road again, making strangers rich.

  8. Arun Jiwa says:

    m1k3y @ 7, I’m guessing that’s Accelerando.

  9. eemma says:

    gee, you guys have NO good ones

  10. Tom Marcinko says:

    “A screaming comes across the sky.” (Gravity’s Rainbow)
    Too easy, I know.