"Everything begins with a story,” said Joseph Campbell. And, every story must start with an opening sentence.
The door to my office slid open. “Hello” I said, rising from my chair. “You must be my nine o’ clock.
— The first sentence from “Red Planet Blues” by Robert J. Sawyer.
124 was spiteful. Full of a baby’s venom. The women in the house knew it and so did the children.
— The first sentence from “Beloved” by Toni Morrison.
Today, I’m five. I was four last night going to sleep in Wardrobe, but when I wake up in Bed in the dark I’m changed to five, abracadabra.
— The first sentence from “Room” by Emma Donoghue.
A dark-skinned human with four arms walks toward me across the floor of the club, clad only in a belt strung with human skulls.
— The first sentence from “Glasshouse” by Charles Stross.
We slept in what had once been the gymnasium.
— The first sentence from “The Handmaid’s Tale” by Magaret Atwood.