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"Somewhere in La Mancha, in a place whose name I do not care to remember, a gentleman lived not long ago, one of those who has a lance and ancient shield on a shelf and keeps a skinny nag and a greyhound for racing."
Miguel de Cervantes the First Line of Don Quixote
"Far out in the uncharted backwaters of the unfashionable end of the Western Spiral arm of the Galaxy lies a small unregarded yellow sun."
Douglas Adams the First Line of The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy
"I looked at my notes and I didn't like them."
Isaac Asimov the First Line of I, Robot
"'Christmas won't be Christmas without any presents,' grumbled Jo, lying on the rug."
Louisa May Alcott the First Line of Little Women
"The primroses were over."
Richard Adams the First Line of Watership Down
"Even in the dry heat of summer's end, the great forest was never silent."
Richard Adams the First Line of Shardik
"'All right, Chewie, try it now.'"
Roger Macbride Allen the First Line of Ambush at Corellia
"'Honored Solo, we are running out of time!' the voice squawked from the comm unit."
Roger Macbride Allen the First Line of Showdown at Centerpoint
"Anyone living in the United States in the early 1990s and paying even a whisper of attention to the nightly news or a daily paper could be forgiven for having been scared out of his skin."
Steven D. Levitt the First Line of Freakonomics: A Rogue Economist Explores the Hidden Side of Everything
"When you've been involved in something like this, no matter how long ago it happened, no matter how long it's been absent from the news, you're fated, nonetheless, to always search it out."
Ethan Canin the First Line of America America
"My mother used to threaten to tear me into eight pieces if I knocked over the water bucket, or pretended not to hear her calling me to come home as the dusk thickened and the cicadas' shrilling increased."
Lian Hearn the First Line of Across the Nightingale Floor
"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."
Frank Herbert the First Line of Dune
"Before they vastened me I felt a need I hadn't felt for thirty years and more, and so I did what I hadn't thought I would ever do again."
Frederik Pohl the First Line of Heechee Rendezvous
"Stubbornly Elijah Baley fought panic."
Isaac Asimov the First Line of The Naked Sun
"Elijah Baley found himself in the shade of the tree and muttered to himself, 'I knew it.'"
Isaac Asimov the First Line of The Robots of Dawn
"Gladia felt the lawn lounge to make sure it wasn't too damp and then sat down."
Isaac Asimov the First Line of Robots and Empire
"'I don't believe it, of course,' said Golan Trevize, standing on the wide steps of Seldon Hall and looking out over the city as it sparkled in the sunlight."
Isaac Asimov the First Line of Foundation's Edge
SOONER OR LATER, it was bound to happen.
Arthur C. Clarke the First Line of Rendezvous with Rama
"The First Galactic Empire had endured for tens of thousands of years."
Isaac Asimov the First Line of Second Foundation
"Bel Riose traveled without escort, which is not what court etiquette prescribes for the head of a fleet stationed in a yetsullen stellar system on the Marches of the Galactic Empire."
Isaac Asimov the First Line of Foundation and Empire
Dear John Paul and Theresa Wiggin,
You understand that during the recent attempt by the Warsaw Pact to take over the International Fleet, our sole concern at EducAdmin was the safety of the children.
Orson Scott Card the First Line of Ender in Exile
"Lije Baley had just reached his desk when he became aware of R. Sammy watching him expectantly."
Isaac Asimov the First Line of The Caves of Steel
"It is a truth universally acknowledged that a single man in possession of a good fortune must be in want of a wife."
Jane Austen the First Line of Pride and Prejudice
"Wars came early to Shanghai, overtaking each other like the tides that raced up the Yangtze and returned to this gaudy city all the coffins cast adrift from the funeral piers of the Chinese Bund."
J.G. Ballard the First Line of Empire of the Sun
"It was a pleasure to burn."
Ray Bradbury the First Line of Fahrenheit 451