First Lines Friday!

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!

Hello! I have something a little different for you this Friday. My pick for the week isn’t a novel, rather a collection of short stories, so I’m going to choose a selection of first lines from the anthology to share with you. I only read my first anthology this year, but I loved being able to read a multitude of mini stories, all based around a similar theme and yet completely different & I’m hoping this one, described as sci-fi romance, time travel stories.

“The day after Candace Stillwater broke his heart, Floyd Butler decided – with the reckless haste of a twenty one year old who knows they must act quickly, before good sense intervenes – to go time travelling.”

” The study of literature is the process of continually falling in love with dead people.”

“The first rule of temporal research is do not mess with causality. That doesn’t apply to me. I have to destroy my future in order to save my past.”

Well, I can already tell these are all going to be unique reads and I can’t wait to start every one. Ready to find out what it is?

Love brought together or torn apart by time travel.

This anthology is the latest collection of time-travel romance sci-fi short stories from prominent, award-winning sci-fi authors including Nina Allan, Carrie Vaughn, and Seanan McGuire. Follow timetravelers of all genders as they go backward and forward in time, sometimes to save the one they love, other times as a sacrifice, and others simply because it’s their job. Some travel through memory, others through dreams, and others still through time machines to touch people who would otherwise be out of reach, and to join them together. Some of the stories are funny, some are sad and poignant, some are tales of fresh love and some of love forever lost, but they all are rather wonderful.

Including stories by: Alix E. Harrow, Zen Cho, Seanan McGuire, Sarah Gailey, Jeffrey Ford, Nina Allan, Elizabeth Hand, Lavanya Lakshminarayan, Catherynne M. Valente, Sam J. Miller, Rowan Coleman, Margo Lanagan, Sameem Siddiqui, Theodora Goss, Carrie Vaughn, Ellen Klages.


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  1. One, that book sounds so good! I’m definitely making a note of it.
    Second, I love this meme! I think I’ll be joining in from next week.
    For today, I have a little free short story up.
    Great post! Wishing you a great reading weekend!

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