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  •  Sometimes you can do exposition in reverse (5+ / 0-)

    where the alien POV (not necessarily alien in the sense of non-human, so much as in the sense of "foreign to the reader") is trying to figure out a situation that would be much more familiar and comprehensible to the reader, and the reader learns things about the alien culture by how the alien in question reacts to a culture more like ours.

    Paraphrased from a roleplaying scene I was in, where two alien kids are watching a human movie:

    "Now here's the weird thing: the adult human isn't there to cull the sick one."
    "Wait, he's not?  What's he doing there, then?"
    "He's going to read to him."
    "... Humans are so bizarre."

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