Trying to visualize the aliens was a challenge to me as well, but the website helped me a lot. The diversity is nice but early on threatened to become the story instead of the environment which sort of goes against the point of having it to begin with, in my opinion. I have not read any of them following Destiny. My perception is that the series sort of lost the exploration focus, is this true? That perception is only because it looks like the series mingles with the typhoon series too?