"Mr. Utterson the lawyer was a man of a rugged countenance that was never lighted by a smile; cold, scanty and embarrassed in discourse; backward in sentiment; lean, long, dusty, dreary and yet..."
"This is the tale of a meeting of two lonely, skinny, fairly old white men on a planet which was dying fast."
"Call me Jonah."
"Vaughan died yesterday in his last car-crash."
"It is our intention to preserve in these pages what scant biographical material we have been able to collect concerning Joseph Knecht, or Ludi Magister Josephus III, as he is called in the Archives..."
"I was working the hole with the Sailor and we did not bad fifteen cents on average night boosting the afternoons and short timing the dawn we made out from the land of the free but I was running..."
"Once upon a time when the world was young there was a Martian named Smith."
"PROLOGUE - Clare: It's hard being left behind.FIRST DATE, ONE Saturday, October 26, 1991 (Henry is 28, Clare is 20) Clare: The library is cool and smells like carpet cleaner, although all I can see..."
"It was a dark and stormy night. In her attic bedroom Meg Murry, wrapped in an old patchwork quilt, sat on the foot of her bed and watched the trees tossing in the frenzied lashing of the wind."
"I had been making the rounds of the Sacrifice Poles the day we heard my brother had escaped."