The Worst Opening Lines from Imaginary Science Fiction and Fantasy Novels

Each year, San Jose State University's English department sponsors the Bulwer-Lytton Fiction Contest, named for Victorian novelist Edward George Bulwer-Lytton, whose novel Paul Clifford opens with the now-cliché phrase, "It was a dark and stormy night." The competition looks for the worst opening lines people can come… »8/18/12 11:30am8/18/12 11:30am

It's Good To Establish Your Credentials Before Breakfast

Did you know the Bulwer-Lytton Contest (for intentionally bad writing) had a science fiction category? Here's 2008's winner, from Cartersville, GA's Joe Schulman: "Timothy Hanson, Commander of the 43rd Space Regiment in the 52nd Battalion on board the USAOPAC (United Space Alliance Of Planets Attack Carrier) and… »9/18/08 10:20am9/18/08 10:20am