sci-fi plots are difficult to maintain. I don't feel too bad about resorting to my own invented versions of wormholes and time travel because they're essential plot devices and there isn't really another way around them. besides, I feel like I've dressed both up differently enough (my secret! hehe) for me to feel comfortable with using them. what I'm NOT comfortable is right now is planets. planet-hopping has become part of the plot which feels clunky to me, especially as it's so generic ie, "the ice world," or "the desert world," complete with appropriately sci-fi names for each. as an astronomer by interest and a marine ecologist by training I feel like I'm missing something huge in my writing. Every now and then I write short passages that I feel bring my worlds alive enough for me to keep on working with them, but other times, I flinch, I cringe, I want to delete everything. I'm proud of two of my exoplanets (actually both are technically moons), and there are maybe three more that are getting there, but by the nature of my plot I need so many of these worlds I just feel like it's all been done before. Here's Dune, here's Tartarus, here's Coruscant, Alderaan and Geonosis... I'm really stuck. Apart from those few that I'm really proud of, I hate my planets. I really do. I try to invent long histories but those histories themselves seem really crap and cliched. I love the general plot of my novel, I'm still really proud of it, but I don't know how to handle the planet problem. Seems like everything that could be said about a world already has been, somewhere else. I'm a strict scientist as well, so I can't allow myself to write things that wouldn't make logical sense if it just so happened that they were real. Sorry, this is getting long. I don't expect anyone to solve my problem for me but ideas or suggestions on how to tackle it would be certainly be welcome. (Oh, and there are no spaceships in my book. The time/travel dimension has been taken care of by pure fantasy in a way I'm really proud of. So there are no long interstellar cruises to break the monotony, it really is planet-hopping all the way).