A truly great infodump is a work of art. The best science fiction authors can brief you on everything you need to know about their worlds, without making you feel lectured. Here are 20 great examples of the smooth infodump.
Because you demanded it!
We all love science-fiction books that have rich world-building — but not if they ram it down our throats. We've all seen hideous examples of infodumps. In one novel we reviewed recently, there's a whole chapter that's just the characters sitting through a PowerPoint presentation. But sometimes, you have to introduce a lot of backstory in one go, so that it makes sense — my epic fantasy novel, now in revision, has tons of worldbuilding. In one draft, I tried to introduce it all subtly, through little showing-not-telling moments, and the readers were all confused. They wanted it all laid out neatly. Sometimes you need to tear off the Band Aid in one go, and just explain how stuff works, and how we got here.