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Shen - Introducing Brahm

I created Brahm because I needed a 'tabula rasa' - or the closest thing to it.

Shen was always going to be a symbolic novel, playing with ideas of human psychology and religion. So I wanted a childlike character, someone whose life experience was narrow and simple. It would make him open (or naive, gullible - I try to leave that up to the reader's judgement).

I also wanted to create a culture that was unwilling to ask the question 'where did we come from?' The first people to settle on Udor made a choice not to leave a record of their origins. You see how it makes them unlike humans? Issues about creation/evolution won't exist. And if Udorans don't want to know their own history, they probably don't ask questions about the origin of the universe either.

So they have no concept of deity, no religion, and though they have words for hope and trust and probably even wish, there is no Udoran term for belief.

Hope you enjoy the sample chapters below.

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