A Science Fiction First Lines Friday

First Line Friday is a series of blog articles posted on the first Friday of every month. The first line of a story, we’re told, must hook the reader. Implied is that the reader will not buy the book if the first line isn’t great. These entries are from Amazon, my personal library, or other online books. Today’s post features Science Fiction first lines. (And maybe a fantasy or two.) Are you hooked?


The cover for Joseph Nassise's book Eyes to See have a young man standing in an alley between tow brick buildings. He's got an electric blue haze around him and his entire eyes are that same blue. This SF & F First line is arresting.

I gave up my eyes in order to see more clearly.

 Eyes to See
(Jeremiah Hunt Book 1)
by Joseph Nassise

Cover image of Lightning Game is of a man looking over his shoulder and hovering in the air behind him is a larger than life face of a young blonde woman.

Rubin Campo stood in front of the small cabin made of mostly broken lumber his brothers and father had dragged or cut from the trees in the forest and pieced together. 

Lightning Game (A GhostWalker Novel Book 17) by Christine Feehan

Cover for the Eye of Elektron has a red-headed woman in the center wearing a off the shoulder metalic bodice and chain mail-like skirt, she has something in her hand that is causing swirls of yellow and red

Dawn knew death awaited her at the hour’s end. 

The Eye of Electron (The Sumrectian Series, Book 1)
by Leigh G. Wynn

Jane strained against the harness as the capsule shuddered around her, craning her neck for a better view of the ship they were hurtling toward. 

Fluency (Confluence Book 1) by Jennifer Foehner Wells

There were quite a few interesting things about Johnnie: replacing his left had was a golden claw, he had no scent detectable to any creature on Earth, and he was the most infamous mercenary in two out of three Confederate states.

Beyond the Last War: The Wayward Mercenary by Claude McKenna

No one could have possibly known what was truly in the container.

Europa Contagion
by Nicholas Thorp

Your name is Emma.”

Emma wiped the tears from her eyes.

Blue are the Hills by Lilly Piper

Charlotte knocked over her plastic model solar system toy when she heard her parents fighting again.

Brazen Planet (Tears of Venus) by Gayle Katz

I knew I was different the moment I awoke…or came online, as the Masters call it. 

Omega Force: Revolution (OF9) by Joshua Dalzelle

Clarification

There are no affiliate links in this post. I don’t make a cent off of the books listed on this page. Usually these titles are pulled at random. They are here for your enjoyment. And to entice you to buy more books.

Do You Want to Read More Science Fiction First Lines?

Did you enjoy this list of science fiction first lines? Check out previous First Line Friday posts. You’ll put an enormous smile on my face if you tell me in the comments below— Which ones spoke to you? Did you buy it?

Holiday Stories Earn a Special Place on Your Bookshelves

No, it’s not a first Friday. But there’s more to the holidays than A Christmas Story or ‘Twas the Night before Christmas. Some stories cross all the lines no matter the plot, no matter the holiday. Holiday stories earn a special place on your bookshelves. Hopefully, in this list there are first lines from old favorites as well as new and different stories for you to explore.


Image of the cover of Night of the Moon is a colorful drawing of a girl looking up at the moon. It's one of the holiday stories you might like on your bookshelf.

It was bedtime and Yasmine waited for her mom to read her a story as she did every night. But this night was different.

Night of the Moon A Muslim Holiday Story
Hena Khan (Author), Julie Paschkis (Illustrator)

Old Bear awoke from his winter sleep. He poked his nose outside of his den.

Hanukkah Bear,
Eric A. Kimmel (Author), Mike Wohnoutka (Illustrator)

“Really. It’s fine,  honey. You couldn’t have predicted a bird bombing as soon as you stepped out of the house….”

Frisky Connections: A steamy, modern dating, Hannukah,
romcom novelette. (The Frisky Bean) Michelle Mars

One dollar and eighty-seven cents. That was all. And sixty cents of it was in pennies.

The Gift of the Magi, O. Henry

The house is called Enysyule. 

Enysyle. The word lingers on my lips like honey from a spoon.

The Cat of Yule Cottage:
A Magical Tale of Romance, Christmas and Cats, Lili Hayward

It was biting cold, the sort of cold that burns into your bones. It was snowing and so dark that evening before Christmas. 

The Little Match Girl, Hans Christian Andersen

Santa Claus lives in the Laughing Valley, where stands the enormous, meandering aimlessly palace in which his toys are made. 

A Kidnapped Santa Claus, L. Frank Baum

And look at this! A storm system is making its way across the country, and it will bring heavy snow to the Upper Midwest and Great Lakes before wreaking havoc on the East Coast.

The Secret of Snow, Viola Shipman

’Twas the night before Christmas, when all thro’ the house,

Not a creature was stirring, not even a mouse.

The Night Before Christmas,
Clement C. Moore (Author) and Charles Santore (Illustrator)

Clarification

There are no affiliate links in this post. I don’t make a cent off of the books listed on this page. Usually these titles are pulled at random. They are here for your enjoyment. And to entice you to buy more books.

If you liked those first lines, I hope you’ll love these:

The giant bronze angel of death loomed over Miranda Clarke’s shoulder.

My Soul to Keep, Book One in the Fellowship Dystopia series by Lynette M. Burrows

Fellowship.

Do You Want to Read More?

Did you enjoy this list? Check out previous First Line Fridays. You’ll put another enormous smile on my face if you tell me in the comments below— Which ones spoke to you? Did you buy it?

A Touch of Vegas on First Line Friday

First Line Friday is a series of blog articles posted on the first Friday of every month. The first line of a story, we’re told, must hook the reader. Implied is that the reader will not buy the book if the first line isn’t great. These entries are a sampling from the authors I met at the 20Books writers conference in Vegas. Do these first lines hook you into reading more?


This first line Friday Book cover for Selfsame shows the back of a female in a red cape standing on a rocky outcropping facing a distant castle-like building or city.

Aria dropped her spear on the grass and stepped into the water’s edge.

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Lower Earth Rising Book 1
Eden Wolfe

This first line Friday book cover the Princess of Shadows shows woman with long brown hair and a purple gown 3/4 turned toward a valley and toward a castle on a mountain top across the valley against a dark sky filled with lightening bolts

Air rushed into Lina’s lungs. Her eyes snapped open, but she saw only darkness.

Princess of Shadows:
The Princess and the Pea Retold (Fairy Tale Adventures)
A. G. Marshall

This first line Friday book cover for the Pulse with two men and a boy holding weapons and standing with their backs to the camera looking out of a cave-like place toward a city

The sunlight breaks through the blinds like a hot knife cutting through a stick of butter.

The Pulse
Greenlight Boys Book 1
Daniel MacLagan

In the top third of this first line Friday book cover for The Lost Yearsis a round clock shape photograph of a city inside a frame that looks like gears. The clock hands shows four o'clock and  in the smaller portion of the photograph the city is in ruins

A small, white corner protruded from the damp ground, barely waving in the gentle breeze. 

The Lost Years:
The Palumbra Chronicles: Book One
L. D. Fairchild 

This first line Friday book cover for Project Dandelion has a woman wearing a gas mask with a worn flag behind her.

Katrina wanted to scream. Instead she rolled onto her belly and stretched her arms underneath the thin pillow.

Project Dandelion
Project Dandelion Book 1
Heather Carson

This first line Friday book cover for Lies the Guardians tell has a woman with long brown hair and her arms crossed on the top half. On the bottom half is a dome over a city

“Is there a problem, Sierra?”

Claudia loomed over Sierra’s desk, a scowl on her face, the emerald-tree orb on the head of her staff pulsing in unison with the blue luminescence that lit the walls of the classroom.

Lies The Guardians Tell
Lies of The Guardians Book 1
Herman Steuernagel

This first line Friday book cover for Upload has a textured background in a wine red color with an eye in the center. In front of the eye are a pair of crossed swords.

Jett is pure adrenaline. Even with a shackle on her right ankle, she can’t stand still, shifting weight from one foot to the other.

Upload
The Daughter of Rebellion
J Lynn Hicks

Clarification

Even though these are authors I met at the conference in Vegas, there are no affiliate links in this post. I don’t make a cent off of the books listed on this page. These titles are here for your enjoyment. And to entice you to buy more books. Buy books from Indie authors like these and you make a direct difference in that author’s life. Leave a review and you help the author and any reader looking for a similar book.

Do You Want to Read More?

Did you enjoy a touch of Vegas on First Line Friday? Check out previous First Line Fridays. You’ll put another enormous smile on my face if you tell me in the comments below— Which ones spoke to you? Did you buy it?

Will You Buy These Books Featuring Indigenous People?

First Line Friday is a series of blog articles posted on the first Friday of every month. The first line of a story, we’re told, must hook the reader. Implied is that the reader will not buy the book if the first line isn’t great. For November, I thought I’d do something a little different and choose first lines from books featuring indigenous people. These entries are from Amazon, my personal library, or other online booksellers. I hope you find something that you’ll want to read.


The cover of Comfrey Wyoming is a graphic representation. It features the silhouettes of a girl with a pony tail pulling a wagon with a dog in it followed by a boy holding the reins of a horse following him. Behind them are graphic representation of mountains

The crisp autumn air provided the oxygen, the old wooden house provided the full, and an extension cord, run over by a vacuum cleaner earlier in the day, provided the spark.

Comfrey Wyoming: Book Two Marcela’s Army Daphne Birkmyer

The Cover of Hunting by Stars, a book featuring Indigenous People, has a view from a shadowy pine forest up into a huge very starry sky

I dreamed about my brother.

In the dream, we were still kids—the same age we were the last time I saw him, gangly and uncoordinated.

Hunting by Stars (A Marrow Thieves Novel) by Cherie Dimaline

Cover of all the Quiet Places,  a book featuring Indigenous People, shows a graphic representation of a lone tree trunk with a jagged top as the rest of the tree was torn off

1956

The sultry weather had been building for days until the air weighed on Eddie’s bed like a damp blanket. 

All The Quiet Places by Brian Thomas Isaac

Cover of Little Moon shows a weathered wagon with sideboards in a field with mountains behind it

1837, Summer, Southeastern Edge of Comanche Territory

The Kane family set forth on a dream, in search of a new home.

Little Moon (The People) Lucas Schmidt

The cover of the Old People has a hemp rope stretched from side to side with a knot in the center. The background is mottled gray and white.

This is how the Old People tie a knot: first, they did  a hole. To keep the knot from slipping or breaking, the hole should be dug in darkness just after the first big flood of the many month when the clouds are thick and the mud is thick and the night is dark enough for digging.

The Old People by J Perry

Clarification

There are no affiliate links in this post. I don’t make a cent off of the books listed on this page. Usually these titles are pulled at random. They are here for your enjoyment. And to entice you to buy more books.

If you liked those first lines, you’ll put a gigantic smile on my face if you like these lines enough to buy a book:


The giant bronze angel of death loomed over Miranda Clarke’s shoulder.

My Soul to Keep, Book One in the Fellowship Dystopia series by Lynette M. Burrows

This image says Coming Soon! Fellowship has a new look. The image shows a book in white wrapping paper with a bit torn back to reveal the shadow of a man running on a yellow & orange background.

Fellowship.

One word and Ian Hobart’s world teetered into not safe.

Fellowship, a Fellowship Dystopia companion novel, by Lynette M. Burrows

Do You Want to Read More?

Did you enjoy this list from books about Indigenous people? Check out previous First Line Fridays  

What makes you want to buy a book?

The cover? The description? The first line?

Please share. 

Myths, Magic, and Monsters YA First Lines

First Line Friday is a series of blog articles posted on the first Friday of every month. The first line of a story, we’re told, must hook the reader. Implied is that the reader will not buy the book if the first line isn’t great. These entries are from Amazon, my personal library, or other online booksellers. Do these first lines from myths, magic, and monsters YA hook you? Do you want to read more?


The Cover of Lore by Alexandra Bracken features a Medusa head in all white with the tag line of Bind Your Fate to Mine and a first line from myths magic and monsters ya

He woke to the feeling of rough ground beneath him and the stench of mortal blood.

Lore by Alexandra Bracken

“What do you want from us?” A tall, slender woman with doll-like features and beautifully curled, blonde hair demands in a shaking tone that betrays her state of absolute terror.

Blood (Redrowen) by D.C. Hart 

The Cover of Fallen Shroud by D. J. Dalton features a woman in black leather jacket and white t-shirt with blue swirls of magic around her.

It wasn’t uncommon for kids to have an imaginary friend. 

Fallen Shroud: Twisted Curse Book One by D. J. Dalton

This is a story of the Sun and the Earth.

Well, not quite.

A Song of Entanglement by Deena Helm 

The cover of Fire Falls into the depths by R. A. Cooper features a young woman standing atop a mountain with icy magic depending form her hands.

In three days, my life went from tracking down the Jags to being hunted and saving my friends from the lion-headed vultures.

Fire Falls Into the Depths: Book Two of The Brimstone Archives by R. A. Cooper

Clarification

There are no affiliate links in this post. I don’t make a cent off of the books listed on this page. Usually these titles are pulled at random. They are here for your enjoyment. And to entice you to buy more books.

If you liked those first lines, I hope you’ll love these:


The giant bronze angel of death loomed over Miranda Clarke’s shoulder.

My Soul to Keep, Book One in the Fellowship Dystopia by Lynette M. Burrows

Fellowship.

One word and Ian Hobart’s world teetered into not safe.

Fellowship, a companion novel to the Fellowship Dystopia by Lynette M. Burrows

Do You Want to Read More?

Did you enjoy these first lines celebrating YA myths, magic, and monsters? Check out previous First Line Fridays posts. You’ll put another enormous smile on my face if you tell me in the comments below— Which myths, magic, and monsters YA first lines spoke to you? Did you buy it?