Hey all, i am brand new to this forum and this is my first post. I have a bit of a dilemma, but let me first explain the story. The story is a sci fi adventure about a small town heavy metal band that gets abducted by aliens. This small town unknown band books a tour, and all of their money and gear get stolen after a gig. Without any money or gas to get home, they receive a mysterious email not far from their location stating that they need a band to play, they pay well and have all the gear they need. This "gig" turns out to be where the aliens abduct the band. On this other planet the aliens are identical to humans in looks but are capable of much higher intelligence. While having higher intelligence it hinders their ability to be creative. They cannot make their own music or movies, they can only advance technologically. To remedy this the aliens have basically created a way to download anything from earth onto their own planet. Therefore, their planet resembles earth but is not, they listen to our music, watch our movies and enjoy all other aspects of our culture. The before mentioned band released a cd that has been downloaded onto their planet essentially becoming the most popular band on this alternate planet. The planet is in the midst of a civil war, and the good side is losing (I haven't decided on the exact conflict yet). The morale of the good side is low and is hindering their performance. This leads to their general coming up with an idea. He remembers a tv show about the American USO tours to help the morale of the troops abroad. He decides to abduct the band and send them around the planet doing shows to help the war effort. The band eventually gets attacked and becomes more involved in the war effort than just playing music. Well here is my dilemma... I have so far written 50,000 words. It is 150 pages based on a paperback layout, and i haven't gotten to the abduction yet. The layout of the story is like this: band finds a new drummer, band decides to go on tour, band raises funds for tour, the band goes on tour, in the middle of the tour is when they get abducted. So 150 pages in, I am almost near the abduction and its looking like half of the book is on earth. There are certain events and hints of aliens but besides that, it is just a story about a band on earth on tour. Then the second half is the sci fi part, everything that happens is on the other planet. I have a lot of events that are entertaining and keep the story going in one direction while introducing sub plots, character building and back story, but i am worried that the reader will be too focused on the thought "When are the aliens going to come?!" Although i find most of the events entertaining and add a lot to the story, most of the events are things that won't affect the overall plot of the story. All of the events happen when raising money, or events that happen while on tour. It's almost set up like a video game where there is one main story plot but a lot of side events happen along the way. I know its hard to judge without reading it first but... Do you think that i am making things too complicated by adding in events that have no purpose? And let me clarify a little, things that DO matter, like inner conflicts and romance happen DURING the events, but the events themselves have no purpose other than to fill in the surroundings. If that makes sense? I don't think this would be a problem if this book were to become a trilogy, which is possible, but being my first novel i have a feeling that a trilogy would be too ambitious considering that it's possible that not many people will read it. So a trilogy would be pointless before i have a fan base willing to read all three. VERY SORRY FOR THE LONG POST. Thanks so much to ANYONE willing to read it all.