Opening lines…

Just yesterday, Chris Rowe posted a bunch of opening lines from some short fiction on this blog, and asked people to name the stories. Well, here’s just ten opening lines from some SF and F novels. How well do you know this stuff…

  1. A beginning is the time for taking the most delicate care that the balances are correct.
  2. Once upon a time there was a Martian named Valentine Michael Smith.
  3. Five hours’ New York jet lag and Cayce Pollard wakes in Camden Town to the dire and ever-circling wolves of disrupted circadian rhythms.
  4. Everyone knows how to find the meaning of life within himself. But mankind wasn’t always so lucky. Less than a century ago men and women did not have the easy access to the puzzle boxes within them.
  5. I did not see my first “zombie” until my second day at Tulane when Ezawa permitted me to witness an interview.
  6. Coming into New York City from the north, off the New England thruway, Oliver drove as usual. Tireless, relaxed, his window half open, long blond hair whipping in the chilly breeze.
  7. Milena boiled things. She was frightened of disease. She would boil other people’s knives and forks before using them. Other people found this insulting.
  8. My name is Robinette Broadhead, in spite of which I am male. My analyst (whom I call Sigfrid von Shrink, although that isn’t his name; he hasn’t got a name, being a machine) has a lot of electronic fun with this fact.
  9. Throughout the past thousand years of history it has been traditional to regard the Alderson Drive as an unmixed blessing.
  10. It was the day my grandmother exploded.

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