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Imagine, if you will, a world in which people of all races and cultures coexist in harmony. Where people openly share their resources, and the acquisition of wealth no longer fuels their existence. Sounds fictional, right? Given the nature of the world we live in, it doesn’t appear that humans are remotely capable of living that way. But it isn’t just Science-Fiction or Fantasy that holds this desire to better the world we live in. My work has brought me in contact with many people who believe this type of enlightenment in action is within our reach on a local scale, and perhaps someday, globally. A desire for humankind to be more than the sum of our parts is not a lofty or unattainable goal. Take Star Trek for example, a series very close to my heart. The ideology Gene Roddenberry developed has endured for over 50 years. Fans and actors of the show continue to bring life to Roddenberry’s concepts years after it disappeared from main stream television. Actors from the show have developed friendships with each other, and with our fans, based on this ideology, and through it we have clubs that support important causes, gender equality champions, anti-bullying coalitions, and many other charitable groups that follow the very essence of Gene’s vision.
I first met Chris at TerrifiCon in 2015, and we immediately connected, discussing these concepts. He kept in touch with me through social media platforms. We met again at Long Island Who and spent time talking about the Pop Culture Hero Coalition. Chris expressed a desire to want to contribute. Then when he told me about the concept of this book, and asked me to write the foreword, I was more than happy to oblige, because the concepts of his work are in sync with the Coalition’s crucial work.
Songs of the Osirian explores many present-day issues, through the Science-fiction and Fantasy genres. The story deals with real world problems such as greed, hate, and domination of the weak –- but the message it delivers is of triumph through empathy, cooperation, and understanding. The story builds on the mythological concepts of Osirian Gods, and Chris deftly weaves a Science-Fiction element into their Pantheon. He gives vision to the idea that these beings have extraordinary abilities and are so far evolved; they are considered Gods by this understanding. Layered beneath a human tale of good vs evil are complex nuances of gray that delve into the desires and emotional conflicts each person faces on their respective quests; the story presents a dilemma, prompting deep introspection for characters and readers alike.
The predominant characters are human, and we experience a familiarity in the conflicted journeys of characters such as Mary Wilson, or the boy Ammon, who have opposing views for the world they find themselves in. And the message I truly cherish is that, despite adversity, compassionate strength in the midst of devastation leads to a world enjoying a previously unknown peace and harmony, without greed, where no one is hungry, and where preventable disease is almost entirely eradicated. And beside them through this adversity, protecting them from evil, live the Osirian. One of the more interesting aspects of the Osirian is their use of music as their power. Songs replace magic, and this musical element is woven throughout the story. With relatable concepts, Songs of the Osirian takes us on a fast-paced journey through both darkness and light, pain and joy. And even in moments of obscurity there is forged an enduring strength and optimism. It’s a story where even the villains are sympathetic, which leads to philosophical reflection that makes for a rich and evocative read.
Roddenberry’s influence is clear in Chris’s vision for the future of humanity. And while there are elements reminiscent of classic Science Fiction, such as Tolkien’s the Lord of the Rings and H.G. Well’s The War of the Worlds, Chris has taken his optimism, sense of justice, and caring nature, and has developed a unique, allegorical world all his own. Songs of the Osirian is a story that will appeal to both Fantasy and Science-Fictions fans alike. I am pleased to be associated with it, and with him, and I hope you enjoy the story as much as I did. Given time, and perseverance, and boldly heroic imagination, humanity has an opportunity to make the iconic words “live long and prosper” into more than just a salutation. Inspired by stories such as Songs of the Osirian, we can create compassion amidst adversity and make those words a reality.
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About Chase Masterson
Chase Masterson has most recently been seen guest starring on CW’s The Flash, which won the People’s Choice Award for “Favorite New Drama.” Best known for her break-out role on Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, one of the highest-rated syndicated shows of all time, Chase is loved by millions of fans worldwide.
Pop Culture Hero Coalition
MISSION AND HISTORY
Created by Chase Masterson with Heroism Experts Carrie Goldman & Matt Langdon, The Pop Culture Hero Coalition is the first-ever organization that uses the universal appeal of comics, film & TV to create anti-bullying programs at pop culture events, and in schools and communities.
Founded in 2013, we are a 501(c)(3) non-profit that takes a stand against bullying, racism, misogyny, cyber-bullying, LGBT-bullying, and other forms of hate, using the phenomenal popularity of media to bring justice and healing.
The Coalition’s work features global experts and advocates, including representatives from the United Nations, the Anti-Defamation League, the NOH8 Campaign, Justice League New York, and other major organizations; we also work with clinical psychologists who specialize in using pop culture stories in restorative justice and in therapy for victims of bullying and injustice.
Connect with the Pop Culture Hero Coalition here: http://www.popculturehero.org/