What Are Your 10 Favorite Fantasy and Science-Fiction Literary Opening Lines of All Time? (Choose up to 10) (Poll Closed)

  • It can hardly be a coincidence that no language on earth has ever produced the expression "As pretty as an airport. — The Long Dark Tea Time of the Soul, Douglas Adams
    5%
    56 votes

     
  • The sky above the port was the color of television, tuned to a dead channel. —Neuromancer, William Gibson
    6%
    61 votes

     
  • It was a bright cold day in April, and the clocks were striking thirteen. —1984, George Orwell
    6%
    68 votes

     
  • All this happened, more or less. — Slaughterhouse-Five, Kurt Vonnegut, Jr.
    5%
    56 votes

     
  • It was a pleasure to burn. — Fahrenheit 451, Ray Bradbury
    7%
    79 votes

     
  • 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
    3%
    28 votes

     
  • This is my favorite book in all the world, though I have never read it. — The Princess Bride, William Goldman
    7%
    79 votes

     
  • If you are interested in stories with happy endings, you would be better off reading some other book. — A Series of Unfortunate Events, Lemony Snicket, Daniel Handler
    5%
    50 votes

     
  • On those cloudy days, Robert Neville was never sure when sunset came, and sometimes they were in the streets before he could get back. — I am Legend, Richard Matheson
    1%
    9 votes

     
  • "I see…" said the vampire thoughtful, and slowly walked across the room towards the window. — Interview with the Vampire, Anne Rice
    1%
    15 votes

     
  • Rorschach's Journal. October 12th, 1985: Dog Carcass in the alley this morning, tire tread on burst stomach. This city is afraid of me. I have seen its true face. — Watchmen, Allan Moore
    4%
    42 votes

     
  • A merry little surge of electricity piped by automatic alarm from the mood organ beside his bed awakened Rick Deckard. — Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep, Phillip K. Dick
    2%
    24 votes

     
  • The story so far: In the beginning the Universe was created. This has made a lot of people very angry and been widely regarded as a bad move. —The Restaurant at the End of the Universe, Douglas Adam
    11%
    122 votes

     
  • The man in black fled across the desert, and the gunslinger followed. —The Gunslinger, Stephen King.
    4%
    49 votes

     
  • In a hole in the ground there lived a hobbit. —The Hobbit, J.R.R. Tolkien
    11%
    125 votes

     
  • Many years later, as he faced the firing squad, Colonel Aureliano Buendía was to remember that distant afternoon when his father took him to discover ice. — Gabriel García Márquez, One Hundred Years
    2%
    26 votes

     
  • It was time to whip the god. —The God Engines, J. Scalzi
    1%
    8 votes

     
  • Call me Ishmael. —Moby Dick, Herman Melville
    5%
    59 votes

     
  • When Mr. Bilbo Baggins of Bag End announced he that he would shortly be celebrating his eleventy-first birthday with a party of special magnificence, there was much talk and excitement in Hobbiton. —
    7%
    72 votes

     
  • As Gregor Samsa awoke one morning from uneasy dreams he found himself transformed in his bed into a gigantic insect. —Metamorphosis, Franz Kafka
    4%
    48 votes

     
  • My mother was the village whore, and I loved her very much. —The Unexpected Dragon, Mary Brown
    1%
    10 votes

     
  • It was a bright, defrosted, pussy willow day at the onset of spring, and the newlyweds were driving cross-country in a large roast turkey. —Skinny Legs and All, Tom Robbins
    1%
    6 votes

     
  • You bitch! You killed me! You suck! — You Suck: A Love Story, Christopher Moore
    1%
    8 votes

     

Poll posted 7 years ago.