Seconds, the first line of a story about mathematical probabilities of life

"As Henry Svendsen was about to die in a hospice right outside Copenhagen, the final half second of his life turned...

Still Alive, the first line of a story about the power of wisdom

"Somewhere along the way, we seem to have interchanged the prospects of not yet having fucked up with the ridiculous notion...

The Conspiracy, the first line of a story about mega churches

"Mika's place of work was, much like herself, unassuming from the outside looking in."

Chef de Cuisine, the first line of a story about the taste of killing

"Not many people know this, but raw lingonberries stirred with sugar and potato tartare goes perfectly with cured cheeks of human...

Frost Bite, the first line of a story about a dark infestation

"That year, Eastern winds brought cold weather and strange creatures to these woods." Canon EOS 70D, EF50mm...

Supply Runner, the first line of a story about community

"It was the same old story; you get released from an isolated game show to learn that the world as you...

Blood and Bacon, the first line of a fable about childhood trauma

"Some pigs, when seeing an abandoned playground in the rain, might reminisce in some lingering and bittersweet memories of their childhood,...

Oxygen, the first line of a story about survival in space

"There are many uncomfortable taxonomies onboard a space station and "respiratory failure" sure as hell was amongst them."

Greatest First Lines in History

Moby Dick by Herman Melville

“Call me Ishmael.”

Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy

"All happy families are alike; each unhappy family is unhappy in its own way."

The Catcher in the Rye by JD Salinger

“If you really want to hear about it, the first thing you'll probably want to know is where I was born,...

A Tale Of Two Cities by Charles Dickens

“It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the...

Equinox, the first line of a story about rejoining the real world

Samuel took to the woods long before the world came to its crushing end, but returning to civilisation, whatever might be...

Another Tomorrow, the first line of a story about making life choices

I don't know what you see in reflections, but I see the future. Shot in Stockholm, Sweden.

Three States, the first line of a story about an organised serial killer

The time-stamped footage from the nearby convenience store clearly placed the seven-year old boy by these swings at noon yesterday, which...

Her name was Anna, the first line of a story about hate and revenge

You see Madam, Anna wasn't strong in the way these relentless ocean waves pounds away at the shore, nor in the...

Mr Birch, the first line from a story about a man from another place

Alma Behringer never cared for alternate dimensions, estranged timelines, or wormhole portals, but there she was anyway, ever since her husband's...

Cryo, the first line of a story about a dysfunctional family

Montgomery Felder despised Aurora with every plank length of his entity, since it was in this solar system, far below the...

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Cryo, the first line of a story about a dysfunctional family

Montgomery Felder despised Aurora with every plank length of his entity, since it was in this solar system, far below the...

Mr Birch, the first line from a story about a man from another place

Alma Behringer never cared for alternate dimensions, estranged timelines, or wormhole portals, but there she was anyway, ever since her husband's...

Her name was Anna, the first line of a story about hate and revenge

You see Madam, Anna wasn't strong in the way these relentless ocean waves pounds away at the shore, nor in the...

Another Tomorrow, the first line of a story about making life choices

I don't know what you see in reflections, but I see the future. Shot in Stockholm, Sweden.

Oxygen, the first line of a story about survival in space

"There are many uncomfortable taxonomies onboard a space station and "respiratory failure" sure as hell was amongst them."

Three States, the first line of a story about an organised serial killer

The time-stamped footage from the nearby convenience store clearly placed the seven-year old boy by these swings at noon yesterday, which...

Equinox, the first line of a story about rejoining the real world

Samuel took to the woods long before the world came to its crushing end, but returning to civilisation, whatever might be...

Supply Runner, the first line of a story about community

"It was the same old story; you get released from an isolated game show to learn that the world as you...

Chef de Cuisine, the first line of a story about the taste of killing

"Not many people know this, but raw lingonberries stirred with sugar and potato tartare goes perfectly with cured cheeks of human...