Hello all, So, I am currently working on a SF novel that will require a bit of exposition. Sometimes in speculative fiction this is needed to establish a setting because some of the story involves building a world. The infamous info dump can be a major turn off for any reader though, and many people tune out at that point, so I may lose people as soon as I begin to drone on. I am at a point in the story where it is necessary to the story for me to reveal information, and I don't have the option of using other known techniques for getting around this problem. The major exposition sequence will take place in either the third or fourth chapter. Instead of having one chapter that's all expo I thought that maybe I can soften the blow by incorporating it into the prevous one and seperating the two parts with a (***) and line breaks. The MC will be in a state of deep suspended animation (like Rip Van Wrinkle). Huge amounts of time (epic Ice Age passages of time) will be taking place as he sleeps, and I need to give the reader a sense of the scope and scale. Not only are there geological events but interstellar events, wars, migrations, exodudes, etc. I could just ignore the expo and have the MC wake up many years later, and gradually reveal that he is essentially propelled to the future. I am afraid though that that approach will be too jarring. Of course, that approach may be fun for the reader, as the MC tries to put together the past it is also revealed for the reader. I look forward to all your advice, this is a big problem right now and almost any direction I can get is a step in the right direction.