I'm playing around with a concept for a new novel/story. In modern day Earth, a highly advanced alien race has selectively chosen and abducted roughly 100 humans, varying in culture, age, and social status. For research purposes, these humans were then taken to an uninhabited planet and left to survive. This is where the story starts. It will be written through various journal entries by the main character, a 23 year old student and writer. As you can see, there will be a lot for me to consider. First, I have roughly 100 characters to develop. I have to take into account the psychological problems that would occur from being dumped on an unknown world and being forced to live with 100 other people, many of which don't even speak the same language as you. I have to take into account many sociological problems as well. There will be fighting for leadership and resources. All of these will be difficult enough, but my main problems are with the alien world itself. Obviously, the atmosphere will be similar to earth and life on the planet will be carbon based life forms that mostly take in oxygen. I also decided that, to make things easier on myself, I would include a large crate of supplies that has been air dropped along with the human subjects. In this crate they will be given a handful of weapons, including guns and ammunition. They will be given tools, a small supply of food, and various other supplies. With that aside, I am concerned about disease. These subjects would be susceptible to a wide range of diseases, whether viral, bacterial or alien. Since they have never been exposed to this environment, I would have to assume that many people would die just from this alone. I think of the Native Americans that were infected with new diseases that the European explorers brought with them-- and that's on the same planet! Imagine the problems that would occur on a totally alien world. Next, I have a situation with food. After their small supply of food is exhausted, they would be forced to find a local source of nutrients. How are they to know what is edible and what isn't. Imagine being forced to eat something completely foreign and hoping, or praying, that you will not die from it. Can the human body even adapt to taking in a substance that has been grown on a completely alien world? In my head, I imagine all 100 people would die within weeks. That is what I have to overcome. Any thoughts?