First Lines Fridays is a weekly feature for book lovers hosted by Wandering Words. What if instead of judging a book by its cover, its author or its prestige, we judged it by its opening lines?
- Pick a book off your shelf (it could be your current read or on your TBR) and open to the first page
- Copy the first few lines, but don’t give anything else about the book away just yet – you need to hook the reader first
- Finally… reveal the book!
Today’s First Lines:
Do you know which book this is from? Hint: It is a classic science fiction novel that will soon be coming to TV, as well. Scroll down to find out!
Author: Isaac Asimov
Publication Date: August 30, 1951
For twelve thousand years the Galactic Empire has ruled supreme. Now it is dying. But only Hari Seldon, creator of the revolutionary science of psychohistory, can see into the future — to a dark age of ignorance, barbarism, and warfare that will last thirty thousand years. To preserve knowledge and save mankind, Seldon gathers the best minds in the Empire — both scientists and scholars — and brings them to a bleak planet at the edge of the Galaxy to serve as a beacon of hope for a future generations. He calls his sanctuary the Foundation.
But soon the fledgling Foundation finds itself at the mercy of corrupt warlords rising in the wake of the receding Empire. Mankind’s last best hope is faced with an agonizing choice: submit to the barbarians and be overrun — or fight them and be destroyed.
Thoughts & Comments
I just watched the trailer for the show based on this book, which is coming out in a couple weeks. It looks so good! I’m so excited about it, and I wanted to spotlight the book. I love this book. It is probably one of my favorite science fiction works, along with Asimov’s robot stories. If you haven’t read it, check it out!
Does this book sound like something you would like? Why or why not? Let me know in the comments!