The first manuscript I ever wrote was heavily influenced by the show, Lost. The seven-year anniversary of the final episode is on May 23, 2017. Lost first aired on September 22, 2004. That’s almost 13 years ago!
When I reached the end of the show’s final episode, I asked the question many people had: “What the hell was that?” The character Charlie Pace, played by Dominic Monaghan, asked in Season 1, Episode 2, “Guys, where are we?” And he could’ve asked the same question in the end. I know I was wondering.
Technically, the question was posed again in the final episode. Jack Shephard, played by Matthew Fox, asked his father, Christian Shephard, played by John Terry, “Where are we, Dad?”
Christian’s answer summed it up with: “This is the place that you all made together so that you could all find one another.” Additionally, Christian explained, “Everyone dies sometime, kiddo.” This is what I’ve now come to believe is a constant theme that runs throughout the show (or rather, one of many important themes that is NOT a variable) — Life and death. And, perhaps, mortality isn’t about “leaving”, but “to remember, and to let go.” It’s about “moving on.”
But on May 23, 2010, I couldn’t let it go or move on. The language, the word-choice, the themes, analogies, metaphors, symbolisms… the air of questioning life and death it breathed. Naturally, I bought the complete collection on BluRay to find those answers. Because, like John Locke, played by Terry O’Quinn, said after watching an orientation film in Season 2, Episode 3: “We’re gonna need to watch that again.”
I traipsed and traipsed across that island. What I discovered was that I needed to write my own answers… I imagined yet another island, – to paraphrase the character Mr. Eko Tunde, played by Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje (from Season 2, Episode 9) – and in this place I found a book.
This book I ‘found’ is, GAMMA.
GAMMA is Book 1 of a series titled, ‘League of Worlds’. I’m hard at work finishing up edits on the sequel – Book 2: DOMUM. Book 3 is titled, ARES. They were each a joy to write and I hesitate to call the series a trilogy, because I squirm at the concept of ‘The End.’
So, thank you Lieber, Abrams, Lindelof, and Cuse for sparking my imagination. It may only end once, but it hasn’t ended yet.