I've always been a bit hesitant about writing sci-fi fiction, almost singularly because of my loathing of Star Wars/Star Trek/Stargate/etc fanfic. I feel like anything I write will be a knock-off of something that's already been done better. (Though the same could be said for any genre, really.) Recently though, I had an idea for a scfi-fi space novel, and am actually eager to test it out. What I'd like to know first is: Do you guys think that a story about a guy "building a crew" is too dead with overuse to peel another story out of? As far as plot, it's fairly callable so far, and I'm working out details and generally trying to make it more interesting. Do you guys think it can be done though?