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100 Best First Lines from Novels

Remember our old post about The Best Opening Line For A SF/F Book?

Along those lines, Lit Line has posted 100 Best First Lines from Novels. Some entries of note to genre fans:

  1. A screaming comes across the sky. – Thomas Pynchon, Gravity’s Rainbow (1973)
  2. It was a bright cold day in April, and the clocks were striking thirteen. – George Orwell, 1984 (1949)
  3. The sky above the port was the color of television, tuned to a dead channel. – William Gibson, Neuromancer (1984)
  4. All this happened, more or less. – Kurt Vonnegut, Slaughterhouse-Five (1969)
  5. There was a boy called Eustace Clarence Scrubb, and he almost deserved it. – C. S. Lewis, The Voyage of the Dawn Treader (1952)
  6. It was a pleasure to burn. – Ray Bradbury, Fahrenheit 451 (1953)

[via LitPundit]

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4 Comments on 100 Best First Lines from Novels

  1. I have to give it to Gibson personaly. He ruthlessly copped Raymond Chandler’s style but that’s hardly a sin and he does it well. It’s just too bad that he can’t plot.

  2. A good collection is the recent Gary Westfahl–can you call it an anthology???–book of SF quotations. More than opening lines, it is chock-full of stuff from all across the field’s best works.

    It would certainly fill up the SF Signal quote gizmo beyond “Futurama” and “The Tick”!


  3. I hear you, Fred. I was thumbing through it at Borderlands a couple of weeks ago. It’s sweet!

  4. Luckywanderboy // June 23, 2006 at 2:25 am //

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