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Zosma by Jason Michael Primrose
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.
About the Author
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.
Functions of Life: Perspective and Resilience
Zosma Caster, the alien refugee who’s been kidnapped in my novel Zosma, casually says to one of the antagonists, “You can change your truth if you change your perspective.” I purposefully brought Zosma in and out of access to her deepest thoughts, and at times you don’t know if she’s speaking as herself or as a being influenced by something that’s infiltrated her psyche. I found irony in her ability to challenge the other character to look at things differently, while she herself was unable to do so. It was a limitation that left her vulnerable.
When you speak, are you speaking as yourself? Or are you speaking as someone that’s been influenced to the core of their psyche?
I believe there are four functions of a quality existence as tied to a realized purpose. I’d like to explore two: Perspective and Resilience.
My motivation for this diverse world started with the fact that I love and respect all people. I had the privilege of growing up around all different types of people from all walks of life and from all over the globe. I was taught to be inclusive, accepting, and open-minded, and in trying to live that reality, I feel like I’ve gained great perspective. It was this perspective that helped me craft the type of world I believe in.
How can we as a society look at things a little differently? What motivation do we need to abandon harsh separations and hard-drawn lines, and recapture our individuality? I think the prospect of the future is enough. With a stronger individual sense of self and sense of purpose, we as a global race can work together. What if we were humanity’s last generation? Let that sink in. We could be humanity’s last generation. If that doesn’t shift perspective, I don’t know what will.
These were the thoughts going through my head as I built the universe Allister lives in. He’s a victim, in a sense, of our choices. The characters and their circumstances are a result of our inability to step outside of ourselves and look at the bigger picture.
I know what you’re thinking . . . say we do shift perspective, then what?
As we see in the Lost Children of Andromeda universe, it may be too late for them. Being that it’s a mere thirty years into the future, it may not be too late for us. That’s where resilience comes in. It’s challenging convention, it’s asking questions. It’s discovering the truth we deserve, not the truth we’re told.
Shifting perspective often means you deviate from the norm. Sometimes you find yourself disconnected from friends and family, maybe even lovers, as you find your own way. It’s tempting to fall back into comfort and routine. You don’t want to be alone. It looks easier to avoid your passion and avoid your purpose. It feels easier not to find yourself, because finding yourself means you have to be yourself – and not who others want you to be or who you think you should be.
I ask you not to give up. I ask you to keep going.
I’m on this journey. You or someone you know may be on this journey. It’s necessary. It’s difficult. It’s scary. Resilience means waking up every day and committing to yourself and your purpose. Despite the conversation the world is having, it means seeking understanding over passing judgment, it means acceptance of time in both its expansion and limitation, it means rounding out your perspective and using that to move positively through the world. I think it’s hard to separate the development of a craft without diving into personal development.
I’ve used these four tools in my personal life and I’ve asked my characters to use them as well. Not all of them are capable, but in my opinion, the ones that do are the ones that will be the most successful. Even if they aren’t protagonists.
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