"I'm a sucker for alien adventures - and the idea of exploring a new alien world... isn't that one of the bedrock tropes of the genre? The scenario does lend itself to writing fantastic adventure stories. But - and this is important - no matter how thrilling the adventure - if the reader doesn't care about your characters, doesn't believe in them and to a certain extent identify with them, then no amount of big ideas or plot trickery will keep them turning the pages."
You can read the whole thing on the Infinity Plus website.
— Mark N