So, I'm writing a science fiction novel that is extremely in depth (to the point of explaining how their assault rifles and radar works). I understand that most people can find this very boring. I've stared at technical documents long enough to know that turning white pages into a novel is a bad idea. However, understanding this technology is intrinsic to understanding what is transpiring in the story. The characters are detached from it, but what they are doing and why is governed by how they are interacting with this advanced technology. I'm already planning on writing an encyclopedia to offer for free as a digital companion. However, I'm struggling with how much I should actually write into the book (for those who don't want to bother with additional literature to understand what is going on). I do know some people who would only read the encyclopedia and disregard the story, but they certainly aren't the norm. Does anyone else have thoughts on what is an appropriate amount of detail? For reference, my first chapter is more than 10k words, and I'm not happy with the amount of character development or technology explanation. This could add another 5k words to what is my second smallest chapter. Given I have 10 total chapters planned, that's 150k words in a single novel. I'm also writing a 6mm game that coincides with the story, which is one of the reasons for the intense detail.