2001 – A Space Odyssey by Arthur C Clarke

Opening line:

Behind every man now alive stand thirty ghosts, for that is the ratio by which the dead outnumber the living.

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Out of the Silent Planet by CS Lewis

Opening line:

The last drops of the thundershower had hardly ceased falling when the Pedestrian stuffed his map into his pocket, settled his pack more comfortably on his tired shoulders, and stepped out from the shelter of a large chestnut tree into the middle of the road.

Life, the Universe and Everything by Douglas Adams

Opening line:

The regular early morning yell of horror was the sound of Arthur Dent waking up and suddenly remembering where he was.

I, Robot by Isaac Asimov

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I looked at my notes and I didn’t like them. I’d spent three days at U.S. Robots and might as well have spent them at home with the Encyclopedia Tellurica.

I am Legend by Richard Matheson

Opening line:

On those cloudy days, Robert Neville was never sure when sunset came, and sometimes they were in the streets before he could get back.

The Hobbit by J R R Tolkien

Opening line:

In a hole in the ground there lived a hobbit.

Herbert West – Reanimator by H P Lovecraft

Opening line:

Of Herbert West, who was my friend in college and in after life, I can speak only with extreme terror.

Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency by Douglas Adams

Opening line:

This time there would be no witnesses.

The Difference Engine by William Gibson and Bruce Sterling

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Composite image, optically encoded by escort-craft of the trans-Channel airship Lord Brunel: aerial view of suburban Cherbourg, 14 October 1905.

The Day of the Triffids by John Wyndham

Opening line:

When a day that you happen to know is Wednesday starts off by sounding like Sunday, there is something seriously wrong somewhere.

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