The idea behind the first lines meme, if you are new to it, is to post the current openings of works in progress with the idea that it might lead to finishing some of them.
"It's not like I'd be selling my own liver."
--"This Chance Planet"
Six weeks into her involuntary tenure on Farraday Station, Cynthia Sylvia Feuerwerker needed a job.
--"The Wreck of the Charles Dexter Ward"
Johnny Backus was a daywalker. Johnny Backus was a vampire. Johnny Backus was a friend of mine.
When Cecily was three years old, she announced that she was "stared of the scares." It stuck.
I loved you not.
There are no unremarkable worlds. But in all the galaxy, perhaps the ice-moon of II Laetrius VI comes closest.
Nothing made Matthew hate himself more than waiting for the elevator.
--"Patience & Fortitude"
The dead woman's fingertips were marked by a number of shallow, parallel cuts.
"We wouldn’t be having this conversation if you'd flunked Algebra."
--"On Safari in R'lyeh and Carcosa with Gun and Camera"
The universe will always need plumbers. At least until the Big Rip.
Krissy paused in the wings stage left, in air thick with the smell of dust, imagining thunderous applause.
--"A Time to Reap"
Pewter scraped across the black wave-caps of the Atlantic on the morning Carl Hughes learned how his lover had died.
You ain't gonna like what I have to tell you, but I'm gonna tell you anyway.
It was always night in Gotham.
Tin laced her fingers together across her gravid belly and frowned along her nose at the feeble human child.
--An Apprentice to Elves
Billows of ash and smoke twisted with serpents of lightning writhed up the sky behind the refugee caravan.
--Steles of the Sky