First Lines from Legendary SF and F True Fans Read

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 are the First Lines from Legendary SF and F true fans read. Do they hook you? Which one(s) will you read?


The cover of The Blazing World and Other Writings includes a portrait of a 17th century woman holding a glob while sitting behind a table with a skull on it. It appears above one of the first lines ffrom Legendary SF and F.

A noble gentleman that had been married many years, but his wife being barren, did bear him no children; at last she died, and his friends did advise him to marry again, because his brother’s children were dead, and his wife was likely to have no more: so he took to wife a virtuous young Lady, and after one year she conceived with child, and great joy there was of all sides: but in her child-bed she died, leaving only one daughter to her sorrowful husband, who in a short time, oppressed with melancholy, died, and left his young daughter, who was not a year old, to the care and breeding of his brother, and withal left her a great estate, for he was very rich.

The Blazing World Margaret Cavendish (1666)

The cover of this version of the book Frankenstein shows a sepia toned look down a path in a forest. One of the legendary SF and F.

You will rejoice to hear that no disaster has accompanied the commencement of an enterprise which you have regarded with such evil forebodings.

Frankenstein Mary Shelley (1818)

The cover for Isaac Asimov's The Foundation Trilogy shows saucer shaped futuristic or other worldly buildings on tall spindles. A man in robes sits before one of the spindles. A legendary SF and F title.

HARI SELDON—… Born in the 11,988th year of the Galactic Era; died 12,069. The dates are more commonly given in the terms of the current Foundational Era as—79 to the year 1 F.E. Born to middle-class parents on Helicon, Arcturus sector (where his father, in a legend of doubtful authenticity, was a tobacco grower in the hydroponic plants of the planet), he early showed amazing ability in mathematics.

Foundation Isaac Asimov (1951)

The novel The Stars my Destination has a tight focus on a woman's eye. Superimposed over the eye is scome white lines and boxes and a blue ring.

He was one hundred and seventy days dying and not yet dead.

The Stars My Destination Alfred Bester (1957)

Lem's cover of Solaris is a silohette of a bald humanoid figure from the shoulders up looking out at a blue field of stars with the edge of an orange planet or sun at the top of the image.

At nineteen hundred hours ship’s time I climbed down the metal ladder past the bays on either side into the capsule.

Solaris Stanislaw Lem (1961)

The cover of Dune has alternating orange and yellow sand dunes with two yellow moons visible in a star studded night sky at the top of the page. A lone figure in white strides toward the horizon, his cape fluttering in the wind.

In the week before their departure to Arrakis, when all the final scurrying about had reached a nearly unbearable frenzy, an old crone came to visit the mother of the boy, Paul.

Dune,Frank Herbert (1965)

This yellow cover shows leg restraint with a broken chain and the other end of the chain is attached to a planet

I see in Lunaya Pravada that Luna City Council has passed on first reading a bill to examine, license, inspect—and tax—public food vendors operating inside municipal pressure.

The Moon is a Harsh Mistress, Robert Heinlein (1966)

Anna Kavan's book, Ice, has a cover that is an albino-like woman's portrait on a blue field. Superimposed over the blue and the woman's face is white frost-like graphics.

I was lost, it was already dusk, I had been driving for hours and was practically out of petrol.

Ice, Anna Kavan (1967)

The cover of the left hand of darkness is a graphic representation of rays a light colored star field and a dark colored star field that meet in a horizontal center line. Radiating lines cross from the center of the horizontal line out to the edges of each star field

I’ll make my report as if I told a story, for I was taught as a child on my homeworld that Truth is a matter of the imagination.

The Left Hand of Darkness, Ursula K. Le Guin (1969)

On A Scanner Darkly's cover is a palm-up hand holding some little blue pieces. In the background behind the fingers is a yellow, lit light bulb with a curing extension cord leading to a round wall outlet.

Once a guy stood all day shaking bugs from his hair.

A Scanner Darkly, Philip K Dick (1977)

Clarification

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.

Now, if you buy My Soul to Keep or Fellowship… that will put a little money in my pocket. And a gigantic smile on my face. I love my readers.

Do You Want to Read More Legendary SF and F?

Did you enjoy theses first lines from legendary SF and F? You might also enjoy previous First Line Friday posts.

And you’ll put another enormous smile on my face if you comment below. Which first lines spoke to you? Did you buy or borrow it?

First Lines for the Holidays

Welcome to First Lines for the Holidays. December has more than just the Christmas holiday. See my posts on December Celebrations for some of the celebrations held this month.  

For this First Lines Friday, here are a selection of first lines from science fiction and fantasy books that include or are about the holidays. I hope you find at least one you will enjoy.


Have you heard of the great Forest of Burzee?

The Life and Adventures of Santa Claus by L. Frank Baum

There was a Christmas tree in the lobby when Lauren got to work, and the receptionist was sitting with her chin in her hand, watching the security monitor.

A Lot Like Christmas: Stories by Connie Willis

The Reverend Lizzie Blackmore slowly blinked awake, and found, to her surprise, that she was already furious.

The Lost Child of Lychford by Paul Cornell

Once there was a boy who lived in a cabin in the deep woods with no one for company but an old woman and an old man.

Hiddensee: A Tale of the Once and Future Nutcracker by Gregory Maguire

Santa Claus…

How vile your name upon my tongue. Like acid, hard to utter without spitting.

Krampus: The Yule Lord by Brom

So you’re looking at me, Mr. Big-Shot Journalist, as if you’re surprised to see a little gray-haired, gray-bearded man.

“On Venus, Have We Got a Rabbi” from Wandering Stars: An Anthology of Jewish Fantasy & Science Fiction by Jack Dann (Editor), William Tenn (Contribution by), Carol Carr (Contribution by), Robert Silverberg (Contribution by), Horace Gold (Contribution by)

Nan Killian was surrounded by mayhem. Deafening pandemonium.

A Scandal in Battersea, by Mercedes Lackey

Christmas crept into Pine Cover like a creeping Christmas thing: dragging garland, ribbon, and sleigh bells, oozing eggnog, reeking of pine, and threatening festive doom like a cold sore under the mistletoe.

The Stupidest Angel, by Christopher Moore

Happy Holidays!

I hope you enjoyed today’s First Lines for the Holidays. Whatever holiday you celebrate (or don’t celebrate) during December, I wish you good health, abundant happiness, and a year of excellent reading.  

Do You Want to Read More?

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 hook you? Do you want to read more?

John Allerton sucked in another painful breath and struggled not to cough it out.

Image of the book, Unprepared, The Scourge Series Book 1. Do You want to read more?

Tom Abrahams, Unprepared (The Scourge Book 1)


Papa fell down and he didn’t stand up again.

Ramona Finn, The Culling (The Culling Trilogy Book 1)


Harvey Watson didn’t want to admit it, but he was lost.

Ryan Casey, Outbreak: A Post Apocalyptic Survival Thriller 


I had my recurring dream last night.

Image of the book cover for Parable of the Sower. Do you want to read more?

Octavia E. Butler, Parable of the Sower


Alex Hawk looked from one corner of his basement to the other.

Shawn Inmon, A Door Into Time: An Alex Hawk Time Travel Adventure


Let’s start with the end of the world, why don’t we?

N.K. Jemisin, The Fifth Season (The Broken Earth Book 1)


It feels like we’re running away…

S. M. Anderson, A Bright Shore (The Eden Chronicles Book 1)


I sometimes wonder what was disappeared first—among all the things that have vanished from the island.

Yoko Ogawa, Translated from Japanese by StephenSnyder, The Memory Police


The librarians never asked why their patrons needed to check out a baby.

Gay, Roxane Graceful Burdens Short Read (Out of Line collection)


Florian Parks was sitting in the Gantry watchtower, whittling a wooden doll for his little sister, when he first spotted the travelers over the pointed tips of the palisade.

Image of the book cover for Strange Fire. Do you want to read more?

Wallach, Tommy Strange Fire (The Anchor & Sophia Book 1)


The end of the old world surprised few.

Harber, J. R., The Future Was Now


Still hours of dark to go when I left the house that morning.

Donoghue, Emma The Pull of the Stars


How did we get here?

Image of the book cover for Rosemary and Rue. Do You want to read more?

McGuire, Seanan Rosemary and Rue (October Daye Book 1)


Clarification

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.

Now, if you buy one of my books… that will put a little money in my pocket. And a gigantic smile on my face. I love my readers.

Do You Want to Read More?

Did you enjoy this list? Check out previous First Line Friday posts for July and August. And you’ll put another enormous smile on my face if you tell me in the comments below—do you want to read more? Seriously, I need to know. Do you? Which ones?