Monday, 17 April 2017

Famous Opening Lines

Remember, a Poul Anderson fan reads other fiction and literature and often finds resonances. We might go from The Broken Sword and Hrolf Kraki's Saga to other sagas or the Eddas. Poul and Karen Anderson's Gratillonius loves Virgil's Aeneid. So can we. Literature includes famous opening lines:

The Aeneid;
A Tale Of Two Cities;
Pride And Prejudice;
The War Of The Worlds (in fact, read the opening paragraph).

We should cherish opening lines. What are the opening lines of the first Time Patrol, Nicholas van Rijn and Dominic Flandry stories?

This opening sentence certainly deserves fame:

"The scent and smoke and sweat of a casino are nauseating at three in the morning."
-Ian Fleming, Casino Royale (London, 1965), p. 7.

I recently reread You Only Live Twice, finding some interesting parallels with Anderson's sf spy character, Flandry. Maybe I will reread Casino Royale on the same basis?

1 comment:

Sean M. Brooks said...

Kaor, Paul!

If we go by ENSIGN FLANDRY as the first, in terms of internal chronology, Dominic Flandry story, the opening line of Chapter 1 is "Evening on Terra--." I'm sure you recall how we discussed this, that it was OMINOUS for the Empire. it was "Evening" in the sense that darkening shadows hovered over the Empire; and it was "Evening" in alluding to it being the evening of Emperor Georgios' life.

The opening lines of the first Time Patrol and Nicholas van Rijn's stories were discussed in other blog pieces.