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Sci-Fi First Lines

The ten quotations below are each the first line of a famous science-fiction novel. Can you tell which is which?

Points available: 10

1:

"Far out in the uncharted backwaters of the unfashionable end of the western spiral arm of the Galaxy lies a small unregarded yellow sun."

  • A) The War of the Worlds
  • B) When the World Shook
  • C) The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy
  • D) Stranger in a Strange Land
2:

"In the week before their departure to Arrakis, when all the final scurrying about had reached a nearly unbearable frenzy, an old crone came to visit the mother of the boy, Paul."

  • A) The Moon is a Harsh Mistress
  • B) Dune
  • C) Red Planet
  • D) More Than Human
3:

"Once upon a time there was a Martian named Valentine Michael Smith."

  • A) Foundation
  • B) All Summer in a Day
  • C) City and the Stars
  • D) Stranger in a Strange Land
4:

"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."

  • A) I, Robot
  • B) The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy
  • C) More Than Human
  • D) The Dispossessed
5:

"No one would have believed in the last years of the nineteenth century that this world was being watched keenly and closely by intelligences greater than man's and yet as mortal as his own."

  • A) The War of the Worlds
  • B) The Moon Voyage
  • C) In the Fourth Year
  • D) Starship Troopers
6:

"Brother Francis Gerard of Utah might never have discovered the blessed documents, had it not been for the pilgrim with girded loins who had appeared during that young novice's Lenten fast in the desert."

  • A) Stranger in a Strange Land
  • B) A Canticle for Leibowitz
  • C) When the World Shook
  • D) Ringworld
7:

"I see in 'Lunaya Pravda' that Luna City Council has passed on first reading a bill to examine, license, inspect -- and tax -- public food vendors operating inside municipal pressure."

  • A) Dune
  • B) The Moon is a Harsh Mistress
  • C) City
  • D) Foundation
8:

"His name was Gaal Dornick and he was just a country boy who had never seen Trantor before."

  • A) Out of the Silent Planet
  • B) Ringworld
  • C) Foundation
  • D) Stranger in a Strange Land
9:

"The Time Traveler (for so it will be convenient to speak of him) was expounding a recondite matter to us."

  • A) The Time Machine
  • B) Dune
  • C) The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy
  • D) Stranger in a Strange Land
10:

"In the night time heat of Beirut in one of a row of general address transfer booths, Louis Wu flicked into reality."

  • A) A Canticle for Leibowitz
  • B) The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy
  • C) Ringworld
  • D) When the World Shook