A recent post at the Dragon Page got me thinking there have been a few (three to be exact) books or stories whose opening lines or paragraphs really made me take notice for one reason or other.
Here they are. Two are short and sweet and are from books. The Gibson one is so popular, I remember it and I haven’t even read the book! The third is a bit longer and from a 1943 short story.
The sky above then port was the color of television, tuned to a dead channel…– William Gibson, Neuromancer
“In five years the penis will be obsolete,” said the salesman.– John Varley, Steel Beach
Have you ever dreamed of murder? Have you ever set your elbows on the desk and let your head slump down on your hands, and closed your eyes, and dreamed of how it would feel to drive a knife up to the hilt in a scrawny, wrinkled throat, and twist it until the thin old blood begins to slime your fingers and drip from your wrist – until the piercing old eyes roll back and close, and the skinny old legs crumble and sag? Have you felt the blood pounding in your own temples, and savage satisfaction swarming up in you as you stare down on the hideous, sprawling thing that you have destroyed?– P. Schuyler Miller, “As Never Was”
I’m curious to know if others have come across other memorable opening lines.