Great Opening Lines From Sci-fi Novels

Posted by on Jul 26, 2008 in Books, Quotes | No Comments

IO9’s has done a nice little roundup of their favorite opening lines from science fiction novels. Two I like include:

  • “The sky above the port was the color of television, tuned to a dead channel.” — William Gibson, Neuromancer.
  • “Physicist Leonardo Vetra smelled burning flesh, and he knew it was his own.” — Dan Brown, Angels & Demons.

A few of favorite opening lines, although not sci-fi include:

  • “Many years later, as he faced the firing squad, Colonel Aureliano Buendia was to remember that distant afternoon when his father took him to discover ice.” — Gabriel Garcia Marquez, One Hundred Years of Solitude.
  • “Not everybody knows how I killed old Phillip Mathers, smashing his jaw in with my spade; but first it is better to speak of my friendship with John Divney because it was he who first knocked old Mathers down by giving him a great blow in the neck with the special bicycle-pump which he manufactured himself out of a hollow iron bar.” — Flann O’Brien, The Third Policeman.
  • “A green hunting cap squeezed the top of the fleshy balloon of a head.” — John Kennedy Toole, A Confederacy of Dunces.
  • “Granted: I am an inmate of a mental hospital; my keeper is watching me, he never lets me out of his sight; there’s a peephole in the door, and my keeper’s eye is the shade of brown that can never see through a blue-eyed type like me.” — Gunter Grass, The Tin Drum.

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