Great Opening Sentences From Science Fiction

You can tell a lot about a science fiction book from its first sentence. Those first few words (or few dozen, in some cases) have to pull you into the story and bring you into a whole alternate world. A good first sentence “hooks” you, pulling you into the story with a quick jolt of action and mystery. But a great first sentence does way more than that — it establishes a tone, it sticks in your mind, and it’s like a little otherworldly koan, confounding your expectations. And maybe freaking your shit a little. Here is’s favorite science fiction opening sentences.