ZOSMA IS A POWERFUL PRE-APOCALYPTIC SCIENCE FICTION STORY EXPLORING THEMES OF TRUTH, RESILIENCE, AND DIVERSITY
Zosma opens the series on Earth in 2052 A.D. as Allister Adams, a young superhuman, begins his search for the planet’s possible savior: Zosma Caster. Zosma is an intergalactic refugee and the vessel for an otherworldly energy source from the Andromeda Galaxy. The rogue organization C20 has been interested in Zosma’s power, but are its intentions entirely pure? Allister’s search for an alien becomes a search for truth as the walls, literally and figuratively, are closing in.
Zosma is the first in the series The Lost Children of Andromeda. Inspired by his personal journey of self-discovery, Jason Primrose has created a world in which even superhumans are challenged by the effects of greed, fear, and natural disasters. The apocalyptic tale explores the themes of reality vs. perception, human extinction and climate change, diversity of thought, and resilience.
Functions of Life : Time and Understanding
Allister Adams, the young superhuman protagonist of my novel Zosma, thinks to himself near the onset of the climax, “I have time.” It’s a very important line, which many won’t realize, because it means two major things for him. First, the acceptance that he has time, and second, what that allows him to open himself to. I believe there are four functions of a quality existence as tied to a realized purpose. I’d like to discuss two of them: Time and Understanding.
Time is limited, yet infinite. It stretches far beyond what we can see, yet it is cyclical. Why is time our enemy? As it passes we age. As it passes we die. As it passes we regret all the things we didn’t, couldn’t, wouldn’t, weren’t able to do. When we regret yesterday and fear tomorrow, there is no time to appreciate today. I realized that time, simply the idea of it, bred fear. So, I wanted to create a character who was not restricted by time. I was probably 15 years old when Neight Caster came into my imagination. An alien king from a dead race called the Uragons, who hailed from the Andromeda Galaxy. He was everlasting, a creature composed of pure magic energy. Immortal in thought, but not in practice as he could be killed, yet, could not die. He had evolved past the constraints of fear as it pertains to time. He had outlived limitations, blessed with an eternity to fail and learn and had done so for more centuries than six human lifetimes. He did not seek to craft a legacy. He had no ego. He was patient. I believe more people would be this way if they accepted time for what it was. Time is what you make of it. Take your time. Seriously, it’s yours.
The acceptance of time leads to patience, and patience leads to, you guessed it, understanding.
We live in a world where we’re constantly told who to be, how to act, how to feel, how not to feel, and what milestones we need to achieve AND by when. A world that tells us what our purpose is and where we belong, without giving us the freedom to explore those essential life choices for ourselves. Do we know who we truly are? Are we trying to figure it out?
I wish it stopped there.
On the flip side, we spend our seconds, minutes, hours, and days, constantly judging others by our merits. Imposing our thoughts, desires, and opinions on their existence. I believe it’s this lack of understanding between people that is driving a wedge in our society. So, what happens when the extreme comfort of an inflated society is ripped from beneath us. Do hurricanes or earthquakes choose skin colors? Will famine care who you got into bed with last night? Would aliens discriminated based on what job you’ve had for the last ten years or how much money is in your bank account? My guess would be no. If we spent more time thinking about how to work together to save ourselves, instead of how to divide and oppress, we’d have gotten a lot farther. If we’re a cosmic experiment, we’re on our last trial, and we’re about to fail.
I grew up in a suburb outside of Washington, D.C. My family did okay for themselves. My mom was a stickler for education, so I wasn’t allowed to talk slang like the other kids. I couldn’t listen to rap music until I was about 16 and for my entire youth I was separated, or rather alienated from “my” culture group. In hindsight, it was all for the best. In that separation from the culture and identity people told me I was supposed subscribe to, I realized the first part of my purpose: understanding. I wanted to understand all people; what made them tick, their motivations, their fears. I wanted to know why people might hate me, whether for my skin color, or my sexuality, or the way I spoke, dressed, etc. It was my mission to understand. Thus, I made a decision fairly early in my life about how I wanted to move through the world. I wanted to move through the world. With fluidity, with ease. And I knew that understanding was the key.
I realized what my writing had been missing in my teenage years and I frantically picked my series back up and remastered it through new senses. I diversified the characters to be from all over the world, different socioeconomic statuses, and included more superhumans alongside the few alien characters. I wanted to show the progression of the human condition from a planet on the verge of apocalypse to somewhere off world, knowing that to overcome, we’d have to grow and adapt and evolve mentally, and work together in order to achieve that goal. We wouldn’t be able to do any of that without understanding each other and accepting that the time we have to do so is limited.
Jason Michael Primrose has been creating alternate worlds and characters since childhood. For nearly ten years, he has used his unique storytelling gift to impact the entertainment, fashion, and tech consumer product industries. His experience spans brand strategy, creative direction, retail merchandising, and influencer/celebrity partnerships.
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