Tuesday, December 02, 2014

Teaser/Intro Tuesday: With Folded Hands

Tuesday again. First Tuesday of December -- if anybody knows what happened to the month of November, please tell me. Somehow it disappeared while I wasn't paying attention.

Anyhow, time for another Teaser Tuesday. And today I'm joining in on First Chapter First Paragraph Tuesday Intros, hosted by Diane at Bibliophile By the Sea.

This week, my teaser/intro comes from Jack Williamson's classic story (or "novelette" as it was called back then), With Folded Hands -- one of the science fiction works I've got lined up for the Sci-Fi Experience hosted by Carl V. at Stainless Steel Droppings. It first appeared in the July 1947 issue of Astounding Science Fiction magazine. These are the opening lines:
Underhill was walking home from the office, because his wife had the car, the afternoon he first met the new mechanicals. His feet were following his usual diagonal path across a weedy vacant block -- his wife usually had the car -- and his preoccupied mind was rejecting various impossible ways to meet his notes at the Two Rivers bank, when a new wall stopped him.
The wall wasn't any common brick or stone, but something sleek and bright and strange....
July 1947 issue

So, what are your thoughts about this one? Like it? Hate it? Go on reading or not?

Teaser Tuesdays is hosted by mizB at Should Be Reading. If you'd like to read more teasers, or take part yourself, just head on over to her blog.

And please feel free to leave me a link to your Teaser Tuesday post in your comment here.


  1. I wonder why he keeps saying that his wife usually has the car...LOL. Sounds like this has some significance....and I am definitely curious. Enjoy!

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  2. Like Laurel-Rain, I wondered why the info about his wife having the car was repeated. However, I'd be curious about a story written in 1947, just to see the writer's viewpoint from back then.
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  3. I love that old science fiction! I should check out that Sci-Fi Experience.

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  4. I generally don't read science fiction, but the opening has me curious about his wife and what's going to happen with this wall he's encountered and the fact that the story is from 1947.

  5. I'm pretty sure I've read the story and that I liked it. LOVE that Astounding cover. Wow!

  6. I was confused by the intro?? I Think I would read a bit more and decide.

  7. I love the cover but I'm not sure about the first paragraph. I'd like to read more.

  8. I generally don't care for science fiction, but would read a bit more to see where this is going. My teaser: The Heart of Christmas


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