Hi, I'm writing hard sci-fi. I don't know whether I should begin with either of the following scenarios: (Please do keep in mind that the scenes occur early in the book) 1. The character investigates an incident : Pros: - Shows his passion - Shows what he's interested in etc. - Introduces multiple main characters. - I can introduce the mystery element early on (more suspense) BUT cons : - The incident is scientific so a lot of info-dumping. or 2. The character is under congressional hearing : Pros: - Puts the character under pressure and shows how he deals with it. - Better protagonist (character) development (which I value most for a novel) - Info-dumping but doing it in a way that is engaging (congressman vs MC) - The info-dumping might be more engaging than the first option because it's done through a man v man conflict (that gets emotional). BUT Cons: - A lot of info-dumping. - A congressional hearing is rather dull (Although this depends on my writing ability). - The characters are very formal and they use difficult terms - your typical congress hearing. The scenes are interchangeable in my novel and I intend to use both. Which would you choose to begin your hard sci-fi novel? Thank you in advance!