Make Me Wonder! 02/16/2017 Open to the first page of a fantasy novel and find, before any prose, a map (Gee, I wonder if the Swamp of X'algoth is where the villain lives?) or worse, a pronunciation guide. Or start up a sci-fi classic movie and have the story's macguffin and primary conflict given away by what is really – iconic crawl and John Williams overture notwithstanding – just a wall of text. Speculative fiction by nature has much to explain, and sometimes one just needs to get some exposition out of the way.