Of course, Electric Spec focuses on short stories, so I thought I'd look at some short story first lines. I must admit I cheated and just looked in my 2005 "Best of the Best: 20 Years of the Year's Best Science Fiction" Edited by Gardner Dozois with a forward by Robert Silverberg.
Here are some intriguing short story first lines (YOU MUST BUY THIS BOOK. It truly is the best of the best.)
- There is a principle in nature I don't think anyone has pointed out before.
- I awoke this morning to discover that bioengineering had made demands upon me during the night.
- It all started when Cletus Jefferson asked himself "Why aren't all blind people geniuses?"
- So the white men are back!
- Mae lived in the last village in the world to go on line.
What's your idea of a good short story first line? :)