[PW] First? line in a story or novel

d-lien University of Minnesota d-lien at umn.edu
Sat Oct 16 05:07:43 PDT 2021

Only thing that is nudged in my mind is one of E.E. Smith's "Lensmen"
novels (I forget which one) with an opening line something like "Five
hundred billion years ago two galaxies were colliding."

I'll ask around. . . .

Dennis Lien // d-lien at umn.edu

On Sat, Oct 16, 2021 at 4:06 AM Ivan Van Laningham <ivanlan9 at gmail.com> wrote:
> Hi All--
> I read this when I was a kid, so it's from the 60s or before.  It's
> definitely science fiction, and it might be a first line.  It went
> something like, "Five times had the galaxy revolved..." or some variation
> on that.
> I have the feeling it might be Arthur C Clarke, but that's only a feeling.
> Thanks all!
> Metta,
> Ivan
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