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I just came across this article from The Gawker Review of Books, and I just had to expand on it. Rather than comment on a four month old post that has over 1200 comments already, I decided to post my own continuation. Enjoy!

“The last question was asked for the first time, half in jest, on May 21, 2061, at a time when humanity first stepped into the light.”


Isaac Asimov, “The Last Question”

“They murdered him.”

Robert Cormier, The Chocolate War

Many years later, as he faced the firing squad, Colonel Aureliano Buendia was to remember that distant afternoon when his father took him to discover ice.”

Gabriel Garcia Marquez, One Hundred Years of Solitude

“In a hole in the ground there lived a Hobbit.”

J.R.R. Tolkien, The Hobbit

“Hwæt! we Gardena in geardagum þeodcyninga þrym gefrunon hu ða æþelingas ellen fremedon.”



“The Deliverator belongs to an elite order, a hallowed subcategory.”

Neal Stephenson, Snow Crash

“All of this happened, more or less.”

Kurt Vonnegut, Slaughterhouse-Five

“One day you have a home and the next you don’t, but I’m not going to tell you my particular reasons for being homeless, because it’s my secret story, and Indians have to work hard to keep secrets from hungry white folks.”


Sherman Alexie, “What You Pawn I Will Redeem”

“The universe (which others call the Library) is composed of an indefinite and perhaps infinite number of hexagonal galleries, with vast air shafts between, surrounded by very low railings.”


Jorge Luis Borges, “The Library of Babel”

“Like all the men of Babylon, I have been proconsul; like all, I have been a slave.”


Jorge Luis Borges, “The Lottery in Babylon”

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