An attention-grabbing first line

I was listening to Escape Pod while driving home this evening. It’s a short science-fiction podcast, and the story was ‘Margin of Error‘. It began with:

Paula came back in a blaze of glory.

Isn’t that a wonderful first line? There are so many possibilities, especially with sci-fi premises. It immediately grabbed my attention, although my mind was buzzing so much from tonight’s practice dance session that I couldn’t concentrate, so I switched to music after a couple of minutes. This was entirely to do with me and no reflection on the story! It started very well, and I’ll look forward to hearing the rest 🙂