The opening sentence of a science fiction novel, perhaps more than any other genre, has a lot of work to do. Like all good fiction, it needs to hook you, jolt you into the story and establish the tone.
Dune is a science fiction novel written by Frank Herbert, published in It won the Hugo Award in and the inaugural Nebula Award for Best Novel. Dune is frequently cited as the world's best-selling science fiction novel and was the start of the Dune saga.
Cabal is a book written by Clive Barker. The movie Nightbreed is based off the book. However, scenes from the movie were left on the cutting room floor in hopes it would profit the studio. It did not fare very well.