Great Opening LinesJon Gibbs, a local writer here in the Valley, runs a blog called An Englishman in New Jersey, for the simple reason that he is. He recently ran a contest called the Meager Puddle of Limelight Award for Best Opening Line.
and announced the winners, which I think are worth sharing:
- The goddamn robots were at it again (Beth Cato aka celestialgldfsh)
- The first words Henry Woods heard after his execution were, “You took long enough to get here." (Elizabeth Hull aka darkspires)
- "Think of me as a time of year" whispered the raccoon, "like libraries in a late autumn afternoon." (Adrian Sterling aka raisinbottom)
- You're all alone here, alone among the dead. (Phil Giunta aka pgiunta)
- At the beginning, you see, Time had not yet come into being. (Sue Stone aka knittingknots)
- Last night, I dreamed of the drowned man again. (Christine Lucas aka silverwerecat)
- Miranda Lorensen was about to watch her brother die--again. (Phil Giunta aka pgiunta)
- Nobody knew how and nobody knew why, but everywhere that Renee went the rain followed. (Angela De Groot aka angeladegroot)
I laid down on the tracks waiting for the 1:15 when a voice next to me said: Could you move up a bit?
If the job of an opening line is to get the reader to proceed to the second line, most of these do the trick most excellently.
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More Odds and Ends below the cutAnother blow struck toward the curing of disease. Or not.
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For Some Values of Earth-sizedAnother Earth-sized exoplanet found. So far, these finds have only re-emphasized how very different our own little world seems to be. For that matter, perhaps even how different our own little solar system is. I mean, superjovians whipping around their stars in a couple of days? Little Mercury needs 88 to pull the trick!
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Quote of the WeekThe culture war is essentially over. Culture seems to have lost. -- Jerry Pournelle
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Poster of the Week
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The History Channel
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