In my last post, we probed the qualities of a great story opener. Let’s take a moment now to read a couple of great story openers. I listed a variety for your pleasure. Everything from science fiction to young adult fiction to Moby Dick.

The sky above the port was the color of television, tuned to a dead channel. From Neuromancer

The cold passed reluctantly from the earth, and the retiring fogs revealed an army stretched out on the hills, resting. From The Red Badge of Courage

When the doorbell rings at three in the morning, it’s never good news. From Alex Rider-Stormbreaker

If your teacher has to die, August isn’t a bad time of year for it. From The Teacher’s Funeral

It was a bright cold day in April, and the clocks were striking thirteen. From 1984

Call me Ishmael. From Moby Dick